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Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Massey University

Warren McNabb is a Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the Riddet Institute. The Riddet Institute is one of New Zealand’s Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE) which is hosted by Massey University. His research interests include nutrition for health, sustainable nutrition, and physiology and metabolism.
Warren joined the Riddet Institute in 2016. Warren currently supervises 17 PhD students and 4 Postdoctoral Fellows. Warren has published >220 peer-reviewed scientific papers with >17,000 citations and an h-index of 64 (Google Scholar).
Warren completed his B. Agric. Sci (First Class Honours; 1986) and PhD at Massey University. Prior to joining Massey University, Warren joined AgResearch in 1993 as a Research Scientist and was promoted to Principal Research Scientist in 2004. Warren was promoted to Science Team Leader in 2000, Science Section Manager in 2005, General Manager in 2009 before becoming AgResearch’s Research Director in 2011.
At the Riddet Institute, Warren leads several programmes including the Sustainable Nutrition Initiative (SNI; and the MBIE-funded programmes, New Zealand Milks Mean More (NZ3M) and Kai anamata mō Aotearoa – exploring future food system scenarios and impacts. Warren is also a Principal Investigator in the Riddet Institute CoRE Research programme ( and an Associate Investigator in the HVN National Science Challenge ( priority research programmes’, Healthy Digestion, and Infant Health.
Warren has been elected to a number of international committees including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to be a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee guiding the process leading to a comprehensive and evidence-based global assessment of the contribution of livestock to food security, sustainable food systems, nutrition, and healthy diets, and to represent NZ as a member of the World Farming Organisation (WFO) Scientific Council by Federated Farmers NZ.


  • –present
    Prof Nutritional Sciences and Lead of SNi, Massey University


  • 1990 
    Massey University, PhD in nutrition