Dr Eason has a PhD in Plant Physiology from Otago University and an MBA from Massey University. Passionate about science and innovation, she leads Plant & Food Research’s Food Innovation Portfolio, which includes teams that investigate human responses to food, the influence of food on human nutrition and wellness, and the sustainable production, development and supply of nutritionally rich foods. The team has expertise in postharvest, food, nutrition, consumer and analytical sciences to support New Zealand’s fresh produce, cereal grain and plant-based food and beverage sectors.  The Food Innovation Portfolio work is enhancing capability in biocircularity / total bioresource utilisation, food systems informatics and mātauranga as it applies to food and food systems. It aims to show people what’s good about their food, and increase their desire for better, tastier foods based on smart science.