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Dr Fran Wolber

Senior Lecturer

School of Food and Advanced Technology


Contact details

  • Ph: 84573
    Location: RA 2.05, Riddet A
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Michigan (1997)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Effects of diet and food components on health and disease

Food allergy

Immune cell function

Micronutrient bioavailability

Breast cancer

Obesity/metabolic syndrome



Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Animal Physiology - Cell (060602): Biochemistry and Cell Biology (060100): Biological Sciences (060000): Cell Development, Proliferation and Death (060103): Cellular Interactions (incl. Adhesion, Matrix, Cell Wall) (060106): Physiology (060600)


Animal models of human disease

Cellular function assays in vitro

Cytokine and antigen-specific antibody measurements

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 16
Team Member 0 5

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

202.701 Clinical Laboratory Haematology

202.703 Diagnostic Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology

214.201 Impaired Body Systems

151.708 Nutritional Research Methods

151.741 Research Methods and Statistics for Dietetics

151.332  Nutrition for Sport and Performance

141.458 Nutrition and Food Choice

214.131 Intro Food and Nutrition

Courses Coordinated

  • 202.701 Clinical Laboratory Haematology

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 0
Co-supervisor 5 6

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Parkpoom Siriarchavatana - Doctor of Philosophy
    Protective effects of green shelled mussel meat against osteoarthritis in vivo.
  • Saima Rizwan - Doctor of Philosophy
    Anti-inflammatory effects of purified lipids on immune cells in vitro.

Co-supervisor of:

  • Maryam Abshirini - Doctor of Philosophy
    The effect of Green Shell Mussel foods versus control food on cartilage biomarker responses and inflammation in the elderly.
  • Giovanna Castillo Fernandez - Doctor of Philosophy
    Determining the influence of emulsion composition and structural dynamics on lipaemic inflammatory response.
  • Umani Walallawita Kankanamge - Doctor of Philosophy
    Comparative health benefits of all-cis lycopene from orange heritage tomato varieties
  • Taciana Lunelli - Doctor of Philosophy
    Functional foods for prevention of Alzheimer's disease
  • Nan Luo - Doctor of Philosophy
    Structured emulsion gel systems for delivery of bioactive compounds

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2020 - Sherina Holland - Doctor of Philosophy
    Interactions between MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell lines and neutrophils
  • 2019 - Diana Leticia Cabrera Amaro - Doctor of Philosophy
    Biomaker development to assess bone health
  • 2016 - Janyawat Vuthijumnonk - Doctor of Philosophy
    Biological properties of blueberries and their effects on breast cancer in DMBA - induced mammary tumorigenesis rat models
  • 2014 - Araya Pranprawit - Doctor of Philosophy
    Effect of Highbush blueberry consumption on markers of metabolic syndrome
  • 2013 - Danielle Aberdein - Doctor of Philosophy
    Investigations of a novel lymphoproliferative disease in British shorthair kittens
  • 2008 - Raewyn Poulsen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and their possible interaction with phytoestrogens: Impact on bone and bone cell function in vivo and in vitro

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