We're focused on understanding the fundamental characteristics of a variety of food products that influence processing, quality, consumer perception and nutrition.

Through integrated fundamental and applied research we aim to meet the challenge of improving the taste, quality, appearance, nutritional value and safety of food, and ultimately to help enhance global health outcomes and economic benefits.

We're key research providers in food science and technology in Australia, and UQ is ranked above world standard in food sciences. Our areas of expertise include:

  • food materials science and engineering
  • food microbiology
  • genomics
  • food sensory science
  • food chemistry and physical properties
  • nutrition.

We work closely with colleagues in industry, government and universities, and our staff are affiliated with the QAAFI Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences. Our international collaborators include research groups in North and South America, Asia and Europe.

    Our staff and students have access to UQ's world-class facilities, including the Food Science Innovation Precinct, which comprises laboratories for food grading and chemical and microbiological analysis.

    Research themes and impact

    Our research efforts and impacts encompass the themes of dairy science and engineering, food science researcher training, and food quality.

    Our projects

    A variety of higher degree by research projects in food science and technology are currently underway within our School.

    See the breadth of available research projects open to students at all levels.

    Our people

    If you want to contact a specific staff member, scan the list below, or visit our People pages.

     

      • Dr Nidhi Bansal

        Senior Lecturer
        School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
      • Professor Bhesh Bhandari

        Professor
        School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
      • Ms Fe Calingacion

        Postdoctoral Research Fellow
        School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
      • Dr Bruce D'Arcy

        Senior Lecturer
        School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
        Affiliated Senior Fellow
        Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences
      • Professor Melissa Fitzgerald

        Chair in Food Science and Tech
        School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
      • Dr Van Ho

        Postdoctoral Research Fellow
        School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
      • Dr Phuong Thi Mac Nguyen

        Technical Services Coordinator
        School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
      • Dr Sangeeta Prakash

        Lecturer in Food Technology
        School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
      • Dr Tuyen Truong

        Postdoctoral Research Fellow
        School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
      • Dr Mark Turner

        Associate Professor
        School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
        Affiliated Associate Professor
        Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences
      • Mr Torsten Witt

        Postdoctoral Research Fellow
        School of Agriculture and Food Sciences