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FSANZ Fellows

​​​Last updated: August 2021

Expressions of interest to join the FSANZ Fellow Program are now open. We're looking for expertise across a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines. For more information about the Fellows Program, including how to apply, see - Joining the Fellows Program​. 

The FSANZ Fellows program was developed to create a network of experts who can provide FSANZ with objective expert advice and critical review. The program also helps to develop academic links and networks.

Established in 2000, the program has been valuable to the scientific work of the agency. FSANZ Fellows provide expert advice on applications, proposals and other risk assessment activities of the agency. FSANZ Fellows, within their relevant areas of expertise, also peer review FSANZ work and provide training to FSANZ staff.

There are currently 17 FSANZ Fellows, from a wide range of scientific and professional fields including nutrition, epidemiology, risk research, economics, plant breeding and genomics, food science/processing/technology/safety/surveys, science communication, synthetic biology, horticultural food safety, immunology and microbiology.

Current FSANZ Fellows include:

Professor Jim Mann

Professor Jim Mann

Jim Mann has been Professor in Medicine and Human Nutrition at the University of Otago and Consultant Physician (Endocrinology) in Dunedin Hospital for the past 32 years.

He is Director of the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, the New Zealand-China Non Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre and co-Director of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR).

He is a principal investigator of the Riddet Institute, a national Centre of Research Excellence at Massey University.

His clinical work has mainly been in the field of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. His research has principally related to epidemiological public health and nutritional aspects of non-communicable diseases.

He has been involved with national and international, government and non-governmental organisations (including the WHO, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the World Cancer Research Fund) in guideline development relating to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and nutrition. He chairs a range of professional organisations and advisory groups to the Ministry of Health and NGOs in New Zealand.

Professor Andrew Holmes

Professor Andrew Holmes

Andrew Holmes is a microbial ecologist by training with particular interest in the role of interactions between diet and the gut microbiome in health.

He is an Associate Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney where he leads the Gut microbiome node of the Charles Perkins Centre and is co-leader of the Food for Health Theme in the Centre for Advanced Food Enginomics.

He has been involved in the field of molecular microbial ecology for almost 30 years and is the Reviews Editor-in-Chief for the ISME Journal.

Professor Andrew Bartholomaeus

Professor Andrew Bartholomaeus

Andrew Bartholomaeus, B.Pharm, PhD, Cert Ag (III), obtained a bachelors degree in pharmacy from the University of Sydney and following professional practice in pharmaceutical manufacturing, hospital and military pharmacy completed a PhD in toxicology at RMIT University in Melbourne. Over the past 30 years Adj Prof Bartholomaeus has worked as a toxicologist across a broad range of chemical regulatory areas including agricultural, veterinary and industrial chemicals, complementary medicines, and gene technology products. Prior to June 2008 he held the position of Chief Toxicologist with the Prescription Medicines area of the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia with responsibilities in the area of preclinical assessment and in leading the TGAs response to the Australian National Nanotechnology Strategy. Prof Bartholomaeus subsequently took up the position of General Manager of the Risk Assessment Branch at Food Standards Australia New Zealand from which he retired in 2012 to establish his own consultancy and to devote more time to research and teaching. He currently holds extramural appointments with the University of Queensland Medical School as an Adjunct Professor, the University of Canberra as an Adjunct Professor of Toxicology and Pharmacy, is an expert adviser to the FAO/WHO and was a member of the ILSI IFBiC Steering Group. In June 2009 Dr Bartholomaeus chaired the FAO/WHO Expert consultation on the Application of Nanotechnologies in the Food and Agriculture Sectors: Potential Food Safety Implications. Prof Bartholomaeus is a member of the Society of Toxicology and ACTRA.


Dr Laurence Eyres

Heads ECG Ltd, a consultancy for the Food and Dietary Supplements Industries specialising in dairy, oils and fats and related lipids, product and business development. Dr Eyres has had a varied career in the food industry spanning 35 years. Until 2009 Dr Eyres was the Business Development Director, Food and Nutrition at Auckland University. He has held managing director (Sabre Safety) and general manager positions as well as Technical and Operations Directors’ roles with Abels Ltd. ETA Foods, APV, Bluebird Foods, New Zealand Dairy Foods, and Fonterra Brands. He has also held university roles, namely Director and Associate Professor of Food Technology and Agribusiness at Massey University (2000) and Business Development Director at Auckland University. Dr Eyres previously held a position as a Board Director for FSANZ until June 2010, and has advisory roles with the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation and New Zealand Heart Foundation, as well as Chairman of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry oils and fats specialist group, a role he has held on and off for 28 years.


Professor David Fraser 

Emeritus Professor of Animal Science at the University of Sydney. Professor Fraser previously held positions at the Medical Research Council, Dunn Nutritional Laboratory, Cambridge, United Kingdom from 1964 to 1986. He was elected a Fellow of Darwin College in Cambridge in 1985. In 1986 Dr Fraser returned to the University of Sydney as Professor of Animal Husbandry, a position he held until 2007, including a period as the Dean of Veterinary Science from 1994–1998. On his retirement from the University in 2007, Dr Fraser was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of Animal Science. Since then he has continued with full time teaching and research at the University of Sydney. Dr Fraser has published over 90 papers capturing a range of topics including the physiology of Vitamin D status in various population groups and contributing factors and the relationship of milk consumption and bone health. In 1988 he was awarded the Rank International Prize in Nutrition for his work on the metabolic conversion of vitamin D into the steroid hormone, calcitriol. In 2005 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia.

​Distinguished Professor Nigel French 

Chair of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health at Massey University, New Zealand. Professor French is Director of the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre and Executive Director of the Infectious Disease Research Centre and the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health laboratory in the Hopkirk Research, specialising in molecular epidemiology, food safety and the control of infectious diseases. He has an interest in molecular epidemiology and risk research including: food and environmental pathogens, particularly Campylobacter, E. coli and Salmonella. Before joining Massey University in 2004, Professor French was Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology and Head of the Defra Epidemiology Fellowship Unit at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. He is a member of the New Zealand Food Safety Assurance Advisory Council and Co-director of One Health Aotearoa, and was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2014.
Professor Bridget Hutter

Professor Bridget Hutter

Bridget M. Hutter is Professor of Risk Regulation in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a member of their Policy Working Group; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and a Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation of which is she is a former Director. Bridget is author of numerous publications on the subject of risk regulation. She has an international reputation for her work on compliance, regulatory enforcement and business risk management. Recent book publications include Regulatory Crisis: Negotiating the Consequences of Risk, Disasters and Crises (with Sally Lloyd-Bostock, 2017, Cambridge University Press); Risk, Resilience, Inequality and Environmental Law (Editor, 2017, Edward Elgar); Anticipating Risks and Organizing Regulation (Editor, 2010, Cambridge University Press); Managing Food Safety and Hygiene: Governance and Regulation as Risk Management (2011, Edward Elgar). She is regularly involved in policy making discussions, with international bodies, business organizations and regulatory agencies. In recent years she has advised the Food Standards Authority, Civil Aviation Agency and Environment Agency in the UK and is a member of the Environment Agency's Long-Term Investment Scenarios Development Group. Internationally she is a member of the Rockefeller Foundation Institute of International Education Selection Review Committee and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Nordic multidisciplinary research programme on Societal Security.


Emeritus Professor Peter Langridge 

Emeritus Professor at the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. Professor Langridge has expertise in plant genomics, cereal genetics and genetic engineering. Professor Langridge was the Chief Executive of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) from 2003-2014. He has been a member of the Genetic Manipulation Advisory Committee and the Genetic Technology Technical Advisory Committee.  He is currently the International Science Coordinator for the Wheat Initiative which was established by the G20 group of countries to coordinate wheat research globally. He chaired the Expert Working Group for the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and innovation Council on “Food security in a changing world" and serves on various science advisory committees in Europe, North America and with organisations targeting food security and technology delivery to resource poor farmers.

​Adjunct Professor Brian Priestly 

Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, where he previously led the Australian Centre for Human Health Risk Assessment. Professor Priestly's primary area of expertise is in toxicology and health risk assessment. Professor Priestly (FACTRA) is also listed as a Fellow on the Professional Register of the Australasian College of Toxicology & Risk Assessment.​​

Professor Seppo Salminen 

Director of Functional Foods Forum and Professor Health Biosciences, University of Turku, Finland and Visiting Professor, Food and Health, University of Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria. Professor Salminen has a long career in the food science and food industry areas with a particular interest in food toxicology, probiotics, novel food risk assessment and health claims. Professor Salminen has served also on the European Food Safety Authority advisory panel (Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies NDA) for these topics for several terms and continues with the novel foods working group.

Professor Wendy Umberger

Professor Wendy Umberger is the Foundation Executive Director of the Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide. The Centre’s work focuses on economic and policy issues affecting global food and agricultural value chains. She is also the current President of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science (1996) and M.S. in Economics (1998) from South Dakota State University and a PhD in Agricultural Economics (2001) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She serves on the Governance Board of the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics and the editorial board of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. Wendy’s research uses innovative methods to understand drivers of consumer and producer behaviour and the implications of changing behaviour for food systems.


Professor Martyn Kirk

Professor Martyn Kirk is an NHMRC Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Previously, he ran the Australian Field Epidemiology Training Program—the Master of Applied Epidemiology (MAE) program—teaching people how to investigate outbreaks and establish public health surveillance. Prof Kirk is internationally recognised in the investigation of disease outbreaks, including those crossing country borders. Prof Kirk coordinated the OzFoodNet national surveillance system for foodborne diseases and has conducted applied research into the burden and causes of diseases from contaminated foods, waters and environments. Prof Kirk is regularly consulted by the World Health Organization and national and state governments regarding the epidemiology of disease clusters and outbreaks. Prof Kirk has published widely and conducts research into tracking foodborne and environmentally-mediated diseases, including the health effects of per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances and asbestos insulation.


Associate Professor Vickers 

Associate Professor Vickers holds dual roles as Director of the Synthetic Biology Future Platform at CSIRO and Group Leader at The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). She holds a PhD in cereal crop bioengineering (UQ and CSIRO). Her early research interests spanned plant physiology, abiotic stress and the metabolic regulation of volatile isoprenoids. Over the last decade, she has focussed on developing and deploying synthetic biology tools targeted towards rational re-engineering of microbial metabolism for production of plant isoprenoids, a large group of natural products with many biological functions and diverse industrial applications. Since 2017 Associate Professor Vickers has held a joint appointment with the CSIRO to lead the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform (SynBioFSP), a highly collaborative $60 M R&D program aimed at expanding Australia's synthetic biology capability and ultimately developing a synthetic biology-based industry in the nation. She was founding President of the professional society Synthetic Biology Australasia and served on the expert working groups for Australia's national synthetic biology roadmap (delivered by the Australian Council of Learned Academies) and the NCRIS Synthetic Biolog frastructure Investment Plan.

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Dr Olivier Gasser

Olivier Gasser, M.Sc., Ph.D., completed his postgraduate degree in Biomedical Research at the University of Basel (Switzerland) in 2004. Following postdoctoral research at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland (2004-2006), Harvard Medical School, USA (2006-2009) and back to the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland (2009-2011), he joined the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research (MIMR, Wellington, New Zealand) in 2011 to become a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute's cancer immunotherapy programme. In 2017, Dr Gasser was appointed as Leader of the Nutrition & Microbiome research programme where he now focuses on the microbiome and its impact immune development and homeostasis in humans. As member of the Science Leadership Team of the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge (New Zealand), he investigates the mechanistic links between nutrition and health outcomes, with special interest in immune-metabolic effects of food macronutrients, the direct impact of B vitamins on immune function and the benefits of dietary fiber, pre- and pro-biotics. The clinical side of his research programme is paired with fundamental immunology projects investigating the role of microbiome- and/or vitamin-reactive T cell subsets (such as mucosal-associated invariant T cells and invariant natural killer T cells) in the development of allergic and metabolic diseases. 

Professor Robyn McConchie 

Professor Robyn McConchie is Director of the ARC Centre for Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry at the University of Sydney. The Centre conducts industry-focused research to develop practical solutions to prevent or minimise food safety risks in fresh produce across the value chain, and educates a new generation of research professionals to drive future food safety research. 

Professor McConchie is also Theme Leader for Quality Food at the Sydney Institute of Agriculture. Robyn has been involved in postharvest research and education for over 35 years working on minimising pesticide use, and more recently food safety, grain storage and development of functional foods from waste. In 2014 Professor McConchie worked closely with horticultural industry to initiate the Fresh Produce Safety Centre based at the University of Sydney and currently serves on the Board. The industry funded Centre brokers connections and collaborations with global leaders in fresh produce to build industry capacity and capability to deliver safer fresh produce to consumers. 

Professor McConchie has led many international research and capacity building projects across Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Africa. For the past seven years she has been working to address food security issues across 22 African countries, through improved storage and safety of grains, diversifying diet through crop interventions and increasing impact of agricultural research. Professor McConchie has a BSc (Plant Science) from Wye College, University of London, an MA (Education and Work) from Macquarie University and PhD from Louisiana State University (USA). She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Dr Rod Lamberts 

Dr Rod Lamberts is Deputy Director of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the Australian National University and a former National President of the Australian Science Communicators. He has more than 20 years' experience as a science communication practitioner and researcher. Rod has designed and delivered some of the first university science communication courses in the world, and in more recent years conducted and reported on a series of nation-wide surveys of Australian beliefs and attitudes towards science and scientists.

Rod has provided science communication advice to a wide variety of science-related agencies in Australia and overseas (including the CSIRO, UNESCO & DIIS) and is a regular public commentator on science, science communication, and science and public policy. He is also a past Chair of the ANU Science and Medicine Delegated Research Ethics Committee and an ongoing member of the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee. 

Rod is a strong proponent of getting academia well beyond the hallowed halls of academe. When not lurking at the ANU, he can be heard around the ABC radio network on programs like Research Filter and Nightlife, read in places like The Conversation, and caught every week on The Wholesome Show podcast. His professional and research interests include: science communication and public intellectualism/activism; science and ethics; perceptions of expertise in science; risk perception and communication; and science and public policy.

Professor Nicole Roy 

Professor Nicole Roy, MSc, PhD, completed her doctoral studies in Animal Sciences at Laval University (Quėbec, Canada) in 1997. During her PhD studies Nicole was an Academic Fellow from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Her PhD was followed in 1997 by two-year postdoctoral studies at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen (Scotland). Both her PhD and postdoctoral studies have focused on how nutrition and food components can modify inter-organ nutrient partitioning and communication using tracer kinetics in various animal models and in vitro cellular models. In 1998, she joined AgResearch (Palmerston North) and conducted research in nutrition, digestive physiology and metabolism. She was promoted to Senior Scientist in 2002 and Principal Scientist in 2011. Professor Roy led several large, multi-organisation research programmes funded by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment: these programmes focused on pre-clinical research on food and physiology including microbe-host interactions and gut-brain responses. Prof Roy was part of the team that establishes the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge (2013=2015) (New Zealand). In 2015, she was appointed the Leader of the Healthy Digestion priority research programme of the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge (New Zealand). The programme she leads aims to identify foods to support healthier digestion and wellbeing, through understanding the mechanisms of how gut symptoms are mediated by food and other variables. In this programme, she leads research utilising a systems biology approach to provide physiological evidence to substantiate clinical outcomes in a cohort of individuals with functional gut disorders. Prof Roy is also a Principal Investigator of the Riddet Institute Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE), where she supervised 15 PhD students in research focused around food-microbe-host interactions as part of the Gastrointestinal Interactions platform. 



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