Prof Nicole Roy is a Professor at the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland and an Adjunct Professor at Massey University.
Prior to her employment at AgResearch in 1998, her PhD studies were completed at Laval University (Québec, Canada), Agriculture Canada (Québec, Canada) and at the Nutrition Unit of the Meat Animal Research Centre in Clay Centre (Nebraska, USA).
During her PhD studies Nicole was an Academic Fellow from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Her PhD (awarded in 1997) was followed by Postdoctoral studies at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen (Scotland, 1997-1998). Both her PhD and Postdoctoral studies focused on how nutrition and food components can modify inter-organ nutrient partitioning and communication using tracer kinetics, animal (pig and sheep) models and in vitro models of human metabolism.
At AgResearch from 1998 to 2019, Nicole was a Principal Research Scientist and a Science Team Leader, where she led a team of 18 permanent science staff and 8 Postdoctoral Fellows. Nicole has supervised 27 PhD students and is currently supervising 17 PhD students enrolled at Massey University, the University of Auckland and the University of Otago.
Her focus is on pre-clinical and clinical investigations of nutrition, microbe-host interactions, and digestive function, and includes contributions to large New Zealand research collaborations. She maintains leadership roles in projects funded by AgResearch, Marsden, MBIE, NZ Food Industries, Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE) and the National Science Challenge High-Value Nutrition. Since 2006, Nicole secured a total of approximately $60 million of research funding.
Nicole is a Principal Investigator in the Riddet Institute CoRE and supervises 8 PhD students and 3 Postdoctoral Fellows as part of this role.
Nicole is also a Science Leader of the National Science Challenge High-Value Nutrition and the Principal Investigator of its priority research programme Healthy Digestion: Improving Gastrointestinal Function and Comfort. Nicole is also an Associate Investigator in the High-Value Nutrition priority research programme Infant Health. As part of these programmes, Nicole is supervising 4 PhD students.
Nicole is also a Fellow of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and served on several international research funding panels.