Senior Lecturer in Food Biotechnology and Microbiology, Agriculture and Food Systems, University of Melbourne

Interested in correcting misuse of biology, helping people benefit from innovation.

I teach courses in food science, food safety, biotechnology and microbiology at the University of Melbourne.

My Bachelor Degree is in biochemistry and my Ph.D. applied molecular genetics. Thesis topic – production of an animal feed supplement using genetically manipulated bacteria.

My recent publications have been on epidemics caused by bacterial pathogens, published in high-ranking journals.

My current area of research is food risk analysis and management. The most important of these risks are microbes and microbial products that are toxic in food.

My Google Scholar citation list is

In addition I have written numerous articles in popular media about biotechnology and taken out several patents


  • 1990–present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne


  • 1976 
    University of Melbourne, Ph.D. (Bacterial Genetics)
  • 1968 
    University of Melbourne, B. Sc (Biochemistry and Chemistry)

Research Areas

  • Food Sciences (0908)
  • Biochemistry And Cell Biology (0601)
  • Microbiology (0605)