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Dr Jon Palmer PhD

Senior Lecturer

School of Food and Advanced Technology


Contact details

  • Ph: 3569099 ext 83224
    Location: A2.39, Riddet building
    Campus: Manawatu


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2009)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Food Safety and Food Microbiology - Industrial and Medical Biofilms, Mycotoxins and Food Processing methods such as HPP 


Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Bacteriology (060501): Biological Sciences (060000): Microbial Genetics (060503): Microbiology (060500): Mycology (060505)


Food Microbiology, mycotoxins, HPP, Thermal Processing

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 3
Team Member 0 1

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

214.215, 141.311, 284.342, 280.372, 151.231, 214.131

Courses Coordinated

  • 141.242 Dairy Microbiology and Food Safety
  • 214.215 Food Safety and Human Health

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 0
Co-supervisor 9 11

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Yiying Huang - Doctor of Philosophy
    The mechanism for spore formation and toxin production in biofilms of Bacillus cereus
  • Tianyang Wang - Doctor of Philosophy
    Cation control-a new method to control biofilm

Co-supervisor of:

  • Farah Abdul Halim - Doctor of Philosophy
    Occurence and control of fungi and mycotoxins contamination during red rice production in Malaysia
  • Dan Wang - Doctor of Philosophy
    Biofilm Formation Mechanisms of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Isolated from New Zealand Seafood Products
  • Saili Chalke - Doctor of Philosophy
    The influence of cations on biofilm formation and persistence of Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Amila Weligala Pahalagedara - Doctor of Philosophy
    Control of pathogenic or spoilage bacteria by antimicrobial compounds isolated from Clostridium enriched media
  • Thu Nguyen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Degrading Aflatoxin in milk
  • Murali Kumar - Doctor of Philosophy
    Study of the mechanisms of sporulation of thermophilic bacteria (eg Geobacillus stearothermophillus) in the dairy industry
  • David Flossdorf - Doctor of Philosophy
    Analysis of on-farm sources of microbial contaminants of milk with an emphasis on highly heat resistant spores
  • Emmanuel Owusu Kyere - Doctor of Philosophy
    Colonization of lettuce by Listeria monocytogenes and its biofilm formation
  • Dong Zhang - Doctor of Philosophy
    The effect of psychrotrophic bacteria on the quality of UHT milk

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Michael Dixon - Doctor of Philosophy
    Modelling Biofilm Formation in a Dairy Wastewater Irrigation System
  • 2017 - Jessika Nowak - Doctor of Philosophy
    Identification and understanding the roles of biofilm formation-related genes in Listeria monocytogenes isolated from seafood
  • 2017 - Haoran Wang - Doctor of Philosophy
    Factors contributing to biofilm formation of Yersinia enterocolitica
  • 2016 - Devastotra Poddar - Doctor of Philosophy
    Stability of the probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei CRL 431 under different environmental conditions
  • 2015 - Gayani Gamage - Doctor of Philosophy
    Effectiveness of UV-C irradiation as a postharvest treatment to control growth of L. monocytogenes on fresh cut broccoli
  • 2015 - Elham Khani Pour - Doctor of Philosophy
    Probability -of-growth modelling to optimize the use of hurdle technology to achieve microbiological stability of high moisture processed cheese
  • 2014 - Majid Hashmi - Doctor of Philosophy
    Hypobaric treatment: An innovative approach to control postharvest diseases of strawberries
  • 2014 - Benjamin Somerton - Doctor of Philosophy
    Effect of cations on biofilm formation by Geobacillus species and Anoxybacillus flavitlermus dairy isolates
  • 2013 - Nor Ab Rashid - Doctor of Philosophy
    Development and predictive modeling of set yoghurt as a made-in-transit (MIT) product
  • 2013 - Shazla Mohamed - Doctor of Philosophy
    Toxigenic Fungi and Mycotoxin Production in Maldive Fish (Smoked Dried Tuna Fish)
  • 2013 - Koon Teh - Doctor of Philosophy
    Enzymes produced by bacteria within biofilms of dairy origin and their effect on dairy products

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