Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Rachel Ginieis

PhD Candidate, Food Science

Rachel has a  Master’s degree in Food Engineering (Agrosup Dijon, France). She came to University of Otago in 2018 to pursue her PhD training with Dr. Mei Peng, and to be a part of the Marsden-funded project – "Searching for multi-sensory fingerprint: a personalised index of hedonic eating".

Before starting the PhD, Rachel had participated in several research projects in Austria (BOKU University), New Zealand (University of Otago) and France (Nutrineuro Institute) in areas of Human Nutrition, Neuroscience, and Food Psychology. Rachel’s internship project at the University of Otago was “Cognitive effects of dietary sugars”, and her Master’s thesis was on “Effects of Omega 3 enriched diet on depression”. Rachel is passionate about research in sensory neuroscience and eating behaviour.


Tel: +64 3 479 8258
Location: CSB 220


Ginieis, R., Franz, E. A., Oey, I., & Peng, M. (2017). The “sweet” effect: Comparative assessments of dietary sugars on cognitive performance. Physiology & Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2017.12.010