Gastrointestinal physiology research

Optimal gut health is an important factor in our well-being. Desirable gut health can be defined as creating an environment in the gastrointestinal tract where nutrients from the diet are efficiently assimilated and absorbed. Our group maintains a core competence in the study of gastrointestinal physiology. Our research objectives are specifically aimed at identifying the characteristics of a properly functioning gut environment, elucidating mechanisms of nutrient absorption, and characterising the protective microbial population within the gastrointestinal tract.

Research staff

For detailed information on our staff's research and publications, please click on staff names below.

Examples of research

  • Gut digesta rheology
  • Micronutrient bioavailability
  • Qualitative identification of protective and pathogenic gut microbiota by DGGE
  • Gut parasite interactions
  • Gut motility

The Digesta Group at Massey University is a group of scientists with research interests in the physical processing of digesta within the human gastrointestinal tract. Find out more about our work.


For more information contact:

Associate Professor Kevin Pedley
Telephone: +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 83325

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