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Postgraduate Research

Research Theme: Consumers

Current Postgraduate Research Students

Xiaohai (Justin) Geng

Thesis title (PhD): Developing and assessing implicit methods for food choices.

Supervisors: Dr Mei Peng and Dr Miranda Mirosa,


Hajar Mohamad

Thesis title (PhD): Malaysia consumers' perceptions of wellness and food choice in purchasing functional foods.

Supervisors: Dr Miranda Mirosa, Professor Indrawati Oey and Professor Phil Bremer


Tobias Richter

Thesis title (PhD): Hop aroma in beer. Changes in the flavour profile associated with different yeast strains.

Supervisors: Professor Phil Bremer, Pat Silcock and Dr Graham Eyres.


Zahra Zolfaghari

Thesis title (PhD): Characterization of unifloral honeys based on volatile compounds, physicochemical properties and bioactivity.

Supervisors: Associate Professor John Birch and Dr Graham Eyres.

Former Postgraduate Research Students

Sarah Counsell

Thesis title (MSc): Consumer inspired quality.

Supervisors: Dr Karen Lusk, Pat Silcock, Jana Haran (Mondelēz, Germany).


Dr Mario Fernandez Alduenda

Thesis title (PhD): Formation of flavour in natural coffees.

Supervisors: Associate Professor John Birch, Dr Karen Lusk, Pat Silcock.


Pui Yee Lee

Thesis title (PhD): Chinese consumers perceptions and purchase intentions for beverages processed by non-thermal processing technologies.

Supervisors: Professor Indrawati Oey, Dr Karen Lusk and Dr Miranda Mirosa.


Dr Rana Peniaminia

Thesis title (PhD): The impact of food hypersensitivity on quality of life.

Supervisors: Dr Miranda Mirosa, Professor Phil Bremer and Dr Tamlin Conner (Psychology).


Dr Valentina Ting

Thesis title (PhD): Real time monitoring of volatile organic compound release in relation with textural and acoustic characteristics in apples.

Supervisors: Professor Phil Bremer, Pat Silcock, and Frank Biasioli.


Fiona Zhang

Thesis title (MSc): Understanding Chinese consumer’s perception of freshness in orange juice.

Supervisors: Dr Miranda Mirosa, Dr Karen Lusk, and Professor Indrawati Oey.

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Research Theme: Sustainability

Current Postgraduate Research Students

Yakun Hou

Thesis title (PhD): Utilization of shells and spines of kina.

Supervisors: Dr Aladin Bekhit, Dr Alan Carne (Biochemistry) and Dr Michelle McConnell (Microbiology).


Hassan Ismaila

Thesis title (PhD): Development of simple strategies for increasing microalgal biomass for biofuel production.

Supervisors: Associate Professor John Birch and Professor Phil Bremer.

Former Postgraduate Research Students

Dr Amin Shavandi

Thesis title (PhD): Mussel shell to bone substitute.

Supervisors: Dr Aladin Bekhit, Associate Professor Zhifa Sun (Physics), Dr Azam Ali (Applied Sciences).


Dr Clara Bah

Thesis title (PhD): Evaluation of slaughterhouse animal blood properties.

Supervisors: Dr Aladin Bekhit, Dr Alan Carne (Biochemistry), and Dr Michelle McConnell (Microbiology).

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Research Theme: Food Functionality

Current Postgraduate Research Students

Senni Bunga

Thesis title (PhD): Fish Roe Spoilage Metabolism and Compositional Changes.

Supervisors: Associate Professor John Birch and Dr Aladin Bekhit.


Stephen Giteru

Thesis title (PhD): Characterisation of Kafirin-Polysaccharide edible coatings for delivery of bioactive compounds in spray coating food applications.

Supervisors: Professor Indrawati Oey and Dr Azam Ali


Zahra (Raha) Haddadian

Thesis title (PhD):The impact of milk fat globule membrane structure upon enzymatic reactions on emulsion surfaces.

Supervisors:Professsor Phil Bremer and Dr Graham Eyres.


Dong Ju (Jenny) Kim

Thesis title (MSc): Characterization of lipids from Mutton bird (Puffinus griseus).

Supervisors: Associate Professor John Birch and Dr Aladin Bekhit.


TA Mungure

Thesis title (PhD): Lipid and protein oxidative stability of dry and wet aged venison.

Supervisors: Associate Professor John Birch and Dr Aladin Bekhit.

Former Postgraduate Research Students

Dr Natalie Howes

Thesis title (PhD):Effects of Plant Fatty Acids on Lamb Fatty Acid Composition.

Supervisors: Dr Aladin Bekhit, Dr David Burritt (Botany), Anna Campbell (AbacusBio Ltd).


Feng (Lily) Gao

Thesis title (MSc): Studies on flax, hemp, canola and carrot seed oils.

Supervisor: Associate Professor John Birch.


TA Mungure

Thesis title (MSc): Lipid oxidative stability of hot boned beef.

Supervisors: Associate Professor John Birch and Dr Aladin Bekhit.


Dr Ali Rashidinejad

Thesis title (PhD): Polyphenols in cheese.

Supervisors: Associate Professor David Everett and Associate Professor John Birch.


Dr Shahin Roohinejad

Thesis title (PhD): Extraction of -carotene from carrot pomace using microemulsions and pulsed electric fields.

Supervisors: Professor Indrawati Oey and Associate Professor David Everett.


Dr Claudia Schueuermann

Thesis title (PhD): Determination of the Sources of Compositional Variation in Mount Difficulty Pinot Noir Wines – A Case Study: From Grape Juice to Wine.

Supervisors: Professor Phil Bremer and Pat Silcock.


Dr Sue Siang Teh

Thesis title (PhD): Physicochemical and quality characteristics of cold-pressed hemp, flax and canola seed oils and functional properties of their seed cakes.

Supervisors: Associate Professor John Birch, Dr Aladin Bekhit and Dr Alan Carne (Biochemistry).


Dr Haotian Zheng

Thesis title (PhD): Structural Aspects of the Bovine Milk Fat Globule Membrane.

Supervisors: Associate Professor David Everett and Keith Gordon (Chemistry).

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Research Theme: Emerging Technologies

Current Postgraduate Research Students

Abduh Setya

Thesis title (PhD):Employment of Pulse Electric Field on the Extraction of Polysaccharides from Plant Origin Materials

Supervisors: Professor Indrawati Oey and Dr Mei Peng


Amali Alahakoon Mudiyanselage

Thesis title (PhD):Feasibility of using new technologies for improving meat quality of beef cuts.

Supervisors: Professor Indrawati Oey, Professor Phil Bremer, Pat Silcock


Tingting (Lily) Liu

Thesis title (PhD):Effect of PEF processing on plant structure.

Supervisors: Professor Indrawati Oey and Dr Graham Eyres.


Yafei Liu

Thesis title (PhD):Effect of pulsed electric protein on protein based food products.

Supervisors: Professor Indrawati Oey, Professor Phil Bremer and Pat Silcock.


Rajkumar Nandakumar

Thesis title (PhD):Understanding the effect of Pulsed Electric Field treatment on secondary metabolite production in Allium cepa L.

Supervisors: Professor Indrawati Oey, Graham Eyres and Assoc Prof David Burritt (Botany).

Former Postgraduate Research Students

Dr Vidya Kethireddy
Thesis title (PhD):Effect of pulsed electric field processing on yeast and wine production.
Supervisors: Professor Indrawati Oey and Professor Phil Bremer.


Dr Sze Ying Leong

Thesis title (PhD):Feasibility of using pulsed electric field processing to increase phytochemicals in plants.

Supervisors: Professor Indrawati Oey, Assoc Prof David Burritt (Botany).


Dr Pankaj Sharma

Thesis title (PhD):Pulsed electric field pasteurisation and the impact on the functional properties of bovine whole milk.

Supervisors: Associate Professor David Everett and Professor Indrawati Oey.


Via Suwandy

Thesis title (MSc):The effect of pulsed electric field on the quality of beef.

Supervisors: Aladin Bekhit and Alan Carne (Biochemistry).

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Research Theme: Product Development and Food Safety

Current Postgraduate Research Students

Zhihao (Wolf) Hu

Thesis title (MSc):Chitosan and Zein based film in food packaging.

Supervisors: Professor Indrawati Oey and Assoc Prof Azam Ali.


Claudia Philipp

Thesis title (PhD):Physicochemical behaviour of starch-protein mixtures during low-moisture extrusion.

Supervisors: Professor Indrawati Oey and Pat Silcock.


Aswathi Soni

Thesis title (PhD):Optimization of Technologies for extension of shelf life of liquid egg white.

Supervisors: Professor Phil Bremer, Professor Indrawati Oey and Pat Silcock.


Mina Tirgar

Thesis title (PhD):Pea/flaxseed protein isolate stabilized emulsions as a novel system for delivery of encapsulated flaxseed oil in food systems by spray drying.

Supervisors: Associate Professor John Birch and Pat Silcock.


Mohsen Zareian

Thesis title (PhD):Influence of substrate composition on volatile organic compound production by bacteria.

Supervisors: Professor Phil Bremer and Pat Silcock.

Former Postgraduate Research Students


Dr Mohammad Alothman

Thesis title (PhD):Investigation of the factors which limit the shelf life of Fresh Chilled Pasteurized Milk (FCPM).

Supervisors: Professor Phil Bremer, Pat Silcock, Dr Karen Lusk.