Facilities – Human Nutrition

The Human Nutrition and Dietetics Division has a range of facilities available for study and research. They enable quantification of the components in the bodies of test subjects.

We offer body composition analysis via Bodpod or DXA. If you're ensure which method is for you feel free to contact us here

For a first time user the standard price for either method is $100. For any subsequent visits, the price is $80. Alternatively, view the clinic dates for a cheaper price. Corporate rates and group packages also available - contact us here

Body Composition Clinic

Each quarter the Albany campus hosts a body composition clinic for use of both the DXA and the Bodpod for body composition analysis.

At the clinic the price for either method is $60. Each appointment is 30 minutes in duration and includes a full results interpretation.

To book your appointment, click on the following link to choose a date and time - click here

You can register your interest for a standard Bodpod appointment here.

You can register your interest for a standard ($100) DXA appointment here (Albany campus only)

DXA machines

DXA machine

The DXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) machines quantify the mineral content of bones structures, as well as fat and non-bone body mass.

More information about the DXA machines

Bod Pods

Massey University has the only two air-displacement plethysmography units (BodPods) in New Zealand. They calculate fat and lean muscle mass.

More information about the BodPod

Other facilities

The Human Nutrition and Dietetics Division has joint facilities for teaching and research that span multiple disciplines within the field. Many of the laboratories, equipment and assays are IANZ-accredited.

Human Studies

  • Dedicated space for phlebotomy, cannulation, and biopsy
  • Interview rooms
  • On-line dietary assessment and data capturing
  • EGG equipment
  • Metabolic carts

Animal Studies

  • Conventional and microisolator rodent housing
  • Dietary intervention capability
  • Rat metabolic cages
  • Congenic mouse adoptive cell transfer

Molecular and Cellular Biology

  • Light, inverted, phase-contrast, fluorescent and confocal microscopy
  • Using chambers
  • ELISA plate reader
  • Beta/gamma scintillation counter
  • Laminar flow hoods
  • Tissue culture incubators
  • Flow cytometer

Microbiology and Biochemistry

  • DNA and RNA extraction
  • PCR thermocycler
  • Northern, Western, and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis
  • Fluorescent in-situ hybridisation
  • Spectrophotometry
  • HPLC
  • Aerobic and anaerobic microbe chambers
  • Biological safety hood
  • Incubators
  • Ultra-centrifuge


  • Computer-assisted video analysis of rheological movement
  • Whole organ bath system
  • Particle size analysis

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