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Dr Zoe Matthews BSc, Hon, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow in Veterinary Pathology

School of Veterinary Science

Zoe completed a Bachelor of science majoring in physiology and zoology, an honours in physiology focusing on carbon nanotubes, their use, and their potential physiological applications, at Massey University. 

Between studying she worked with a number of research groups within, and outside of, Massey, before embarking on a PhD with Massey University, where she endevoured to understand more about the early stages of facial eczema (a toxin challenge, followed by photosensitivity) in dairy cattle using traditional methods (liver enzyme activities and observations) and emplying new methods for emtabolomic analysis (fluorospectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, high performanch liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry).


I am a postdoctoral fellow with a research focus on photosensitivity in animals (livestock and domestic small). I have a strong interdisciplinary approach to all my work, incorporating areas such as agriculture, physiology, and analytical chemistry.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 85283
    Location: 2.17, Vet Tower
    Campus: Turitea


  • Bachelor of Science (Physiology and Zoology) - Massey University (2007)
  • Honours degree (bionanomaterials) - Massey University (2009)
  • PhD analytical chemistry - Massey University (2016)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My primary area of study is photosensivity in animals. 

There are two main divisions of photosensitivity:
1. Primary photosensitivity - such as spring eczema in calves, and rape scald in lambs, as a well as a number of other idiopathic cases, including photosensitivity in dogs.

2. Secondary photosensitivities suce as facial eczema in cattle, sheep, and camelid; and swede toxicity in cattle.
My primary focus is identifying the cause of those photosensitiviteis of unknown source, While maintaining an interest in identifying more about the subclinical cases and early stages of those photosensitivities with know causes,   

Through this work I have experience in metabolomics analysis using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), HPLC coupled to mass spectrometry, UV-Vis, and Fluorescence spectroscopy. 

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Biological Sciences (060000): Physiology (060600): Zoology (060800)


Animal physiology

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Research Outputs


Matthews, ZM., Edwards, PJB., Kahnt, A., Collett, MG., Marshall, JC., Partridge, AC., . . . Derrick, PJ. (2018). Serum metabolomics using ultra performance liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry in lactating dairy cows following a single dose of sporidesmin. Metabolomics. 14(5)
[Journal article]Authored by: Collett, M., Edwards, P., Matthews, Z.
Collett, MG., & Matthews, Z. (2014). Photosensitivity in cattle grazing brassica crops. The International Journal of Poisonous Plant Research (IJPPR). 3, 7-22
[Journal article]Authored by: Collett, M., Matthews, Z.


Matthews, ZM. (2016). The search for biomarkers of facial eczema, following a sporidesmin challenge in dairy cows, using mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance of serum, urine, and milk. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University, New Zealand)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Matthews, Z.Edited by: Collett, M., Edwards, P., Marshall, J.


Matthews, ZM. (2016, August). Photosensitivity in dogs and alpacas – preliminary serum spectrofluorimetry findings. Presented at New Zealand Society of Veterinary Pathology. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Matthews, Z.
Matthews, ZM. (2012). Facial eczema in New Zealand dairy cattle - incorporating power of mass spectrometry an nuclear magnetic resonance. Poster session presented at the meeting of Infectious disease research symposium
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Matthews, Z.

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