|Bob Gibson, Chairperson|
Director, FOODplus Research Centre, The University of Adelaide
Prof Gibson has been actively involved in nutrition research in cells, animals and humans for over 25 years and has published over 200 papers in this area. He has designed and conducted many randomised controlled trials involving nutrition interventions in the perinatal period. The trials were designed to test the effects of interventions with iron, selenium, probiotics, nucleotides and long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) on infant biochemistry, growth, physiology and developmental outcome. Two human trials have recently been published in JAMA – DINO: a National DHA-dose response study on mental development in 650 preterm infants and DOMInO: a National DHA in pregnancy study on postnatal depression and child development in 2500 women/infants. Bob was appointed Chair of WAS in 2010.
|Associate Professor Glenn McDonald lectures in crop physiology and plant nutrition in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. His research interests span studies on plant nutrition, soil salinity, crop water use and responses to drought and heat stress. The aim of this work is to improve productivity and quality of grain crops in rain-fed cropping systems on soils with significant nutritional limitations. Much of this work is also aimed at understanding the genetic bases of tolerance to important soil constraints. He has been as member of the Waite Management Committee since 2003 and brings experience in plant nutrition research to the Board.|
|Professor Mike McLaughlin is Chief Research Scientist in the Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research of CSIRO Land and Water. He is also a Professor in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences of The University of Adelaide. His research spans the fields of soil and environmental chemistry, soil fertility, fertilisers and crop nutrition,|
and bioavailability and ecotoxicology of contaminants in soil. Professor McLaughlin also manages research related to the CSIRO Infrared Soil Analysis Service, which uses mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopy for the rapid non-destructive analysis of soil physical and chemical properties. Mike’s knowledge of soil and plant analysis from a research perspective, and his industry contacts, brings specialised skills to the Board of WAS. Mike joined the board in 2008.
Associate Professor James Stangoulis has an academic appointment at Flinders University and his area of expertise is in field and lab- based plant nutrition. His research aims to elucidate the mechanisms of improved Fe and Zn nutrition in staple food grains and the link between crop nutrition and human health. He has identified a physiological mechanism for boron tolerance in wheat, andrecently identified the genetic link between phytate and micronutrients in rice grain. More recently, James has been looking at the retention of fructan and arabinoxylan (both prebiotics) after cooking and is working with collaborators to measure the effects of prebiotics on Fe absorption and SCFA synthesis in animal models. James also heads a micronutrient technical expertise project to support international efforts to improve the Fe and Zn nutrition of staple food crops. This effort is supported by HarvestPlus. James has been on the board of WAS from 2005.
Teresa has been Manager of WAS since 1997 and is the contact person for inquiries. Teresa has been with WAS since its inception, her focus on customer service and desire to produce high quality, timely results has beena driving force in WAS’ development. Teresa tries to keep all the people happy all of the time and will negotiate turnaround times to meet client timeframes.
Lyndon Palmer is WAS’s analytical chemist. He has been a part of the team since 1998 and is responsible for the high quality of analytical outputs. His areas of analytical expertise, gained over 33 years of experience, cover a wide range of fields including agriculture, health/biomedical, environment, forensic and food analysis. In the past few years he has worked as a part of the HarvestPlus Capacity Building Program which has helped strategic laboratories in India, China, Mexico and Nigeria to improve the quality of laboratory processes to ensure reliable data is produced for HarvestPlus nutrition projects.
|Greg is Manager Contract Research & Consulting at the University of Adelaide’s commercial arm, Adelaide Research & Innovation. Greg has been part of the WAS board since 2008. Greg has a background inthe marketing of technology and is passionate about forming beneficial partnerships between industry & government and university researchers. He was previously with UniSA / Itek as Commercialisation Manager which included secondment to government to develop a program to advise high growth companies on strategic business development. As part of this role he assisted the CRC for Viticulture win a $12 million grant requiring industry and research organisation collaboration.|
Greg's experience in raising grant funding includes venture capital investments from his time at Playford Capital. He was previously Marketing Director of Cambridge Lasers in the UK where he managed international sales and marketing and ran an R&D programme. The marketing positions Greg has held at Merck (the German Pharmaceutical company) and Mobil are invaluable for his work with the University's business units, particularly Waite Analytical Services. As a board member Greg contributes business development skills; he is keen to ensure WAS is providing a top quality service to customers.