Dr Suzanne Hodgkinson completed her BSc in physiology and biochemistry followed by a MSc in digestive physiology and a PhD in physiology at Massey University. This was followed by a Post-doctoral Fellowship funded by what was then known as the New Zealand Dairy Board. She then spent fifteen years working as an academic in the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia, Chile, where she set up research programmes in dog nutrition as well as pig and European wild boar production and nutrition. She returned to New Zealand in 2015 and is now leading the Nutrition Team of the Riddet Institute at Massey University. Dr Hodgkinson’s specialist areas involve dietary protein digestion and metabolism as well as dietary protein quality evaluation. She is involved with human studies as well as the use of animal models for nutritional studies.
Along with commercial studies, Dr Hodgkinson continues to research methods to determine dietary protein (amino acid) quality for human diets, and protein digestion and metabolism. She is also involved in studies to determine Digestible Indispensable Amino Acid Score (DIAAS) of foods and ingredients.