Phil is a Professor at the University of Otago in the Department of Food Science, where he lectures on product development, fmicrobiology, risk assessment and food safety.  Phil’s research interests include the tracking and controlling of foodborne pathogens, understanding the role of micro-organisms in flavour development and exploring consumer’s knowledge and perceptions of a range of food related topics. Phil has published over 220 scientific papers.   He is Chair of the Science Leadership Team of the New Zealand Food Safety Science Research Centre, President of the  New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology and a former President of both the New Zealand Microbiological Society and the New Zealand Association of Food Protection.