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Keegan Burrow

PhD Candidate

Keegan Burrow


Location Applied Science Building, Attic

The effects of New Zealand sheep milk on mineral absorption, bone development and bone health

Supervised by Dr Alaa Bekhit, Dr Michelle McConnell and Dr Alan Carne


Keegan is from Dunedin. He completed his BSc in Food Science at Otago and continued with his Honours in our department, obtaining a First Class degree. His Honours research project was working on bioactive proteins in wild New Zealand mushrooms. He gained an Otago scholarship to continue his research into bioactive proteins, this time in sheep's milk.

Keegan is a 'hand on' member of our department, assisting with Undergraduate labs etc.

He is also an avid debater and travels the country to participate and adjudicate in Debating competitions with the Otago Debating Society.

Project Outline

  • To investigate the impact of dietary intake of sheep milk in comparison to cow milk on the uptake of minerals into soft organs and bone in animal systems.
  • To investigate mineral-binding proteins present in sheep milk and to compare these with mineral binding proteins in cow milk.
  • To investigate the effect of sheep milk protein fractions rich in mineral-binding proteins on bone mineralization using both cellular and animal model systems.