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Originally from Spain, I came to New Zealand as a post-doctoral Fellow with the Riddet Institute, joining the Institute of Food Nutrition & Human Health, Massey University, as a Lecturer in Food Technology from 2005, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2011. I hold a BSc in Agricultural Engineering (University of Valladolid, Spain), a MSc in Food Science and Technology (University of Burgos, Spain) and a PhD in Food Colloids (University of Leeds, U.K.). This has given me a broad scientific background, allowing me to view Food Technology from an engineering point of view and from a more fundamental perspective within food physical-chemistry science.
My main research interests at Massey University are related to the study of food protein and polysaccharide functionality, especially the study of emulsification properties of novel gums and colloidal aggregation processes leading to the formation of food gels. More recently, infant formula digestibility and beverage formulation are areas of increasing interest within my research.
I thoroughly enjoy my teaching in the food formulation and food characterization papers for the 3rd year Food Technology students and I am hoping to continuously improve in this area.
Functional novel polysaccharides, especially from native New Zealand flora, which can be used as innovative ingredients for the food industry.
Emulsion science: Influence of heat treatment on milk protein-stabilized emulsions and aggregation process of partially-crystalline emulsions
Infant formula digestibility.
Biopolymer physico-chemical characterization and functionality.
Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems
Field of research codes
Chemical Science (030000): Colloid and Surface Chemistry (030603):
Engineering (090000): Food Chemistry and Molecular Gastronomy (excl. Wine) (090801): Food Sciences (090800):
Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry (030300): Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural (030600): Physical Chemistry of Materials (030304):
Rheological characterization of food materials
Physical stability of bevarage formulations
Food protein and polysaccharide functionality
Massey-Singapore Institute of Technology Joint Programme Delivery of Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours, Singapore
FTE2032 Food Formulation Technology (Co-ordinator and Teaching)
FTE2031 Food Characterization (Teaching)
The highlight of my delivery style is its strong interactive component