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Dr Mike Boland DipMngt, PhD, BSc(Hons), NZIC, NZIFST

Principal Scientist

Riddet Institute



  • Diploma in Management - New Zealand Institute of Management (1990)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (1974)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) - Massey University (1971)

Fellowships and Memberships

  • Member, New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (Fellow) (2014)
  • Member, New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (Fellow) (2006)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Personalised nutrition

food synergy

nutritional biochemistry

macromolecular structure and nutrition

enzymology in nutrition

milk proteins


Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biochemistry and Cell Biology (060100): Biological Sciences (060000):
Biologically Active Molecules (030401): Characterisation of Biological Macromolecules (030403): Chemical Science (030000):
Dietetics and Nutrigenomics (111102):
Enzymes (060107):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry (030400):
Nutrition and Dietetics (111100): Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified (111199): Nutritional Physiology (111103):
Proteins and Peptides (030406)


Personalised nutrition

Food synergy

Kiwifruit biochemistry

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Not Specified 0 1
Project Leader 3 8
Team Member 0 13

Current Projects

Project Title: FIET - Meat Tenderisation - Project 3a

Date Range: 2015 - 2021

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Project Team:

Completed Projects

Project Title: Value-addition to New Zealand meat through development of smart functional meat foods

Date Range: 2013 - 2014

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Project Title: Future foods - a new capability for New Zealand's leading industry

Date Range: 2007 - 2012

Funding Bodies: Foundation for Research, Science & Technology; Heinz Wattie's Ltd; Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited; Meat Biologics Research Ltd; Independent Fisheries Ltd

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 3 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Maru Gawat - Doctor of Philosophy
    Physico-chemical and nutritional characteristics of New Zealand goat meat
  • Isuri Jayawardana - Doctor of Philosophy
    Evaluation of gluten and gliadin digestion with Actinidin using an in vitro digestion model
  • Feng Ming Chian - Doctor of Philosophy
    The effect of processing on muscle protein structure and digestibility in vitro

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Rao Khan - Doctor of Philosophy
    Characterisation of food product innovation with reference to bioactive functional food product development: an Asia-Pacific study

Media and Links


  • 31 May 2013 - Newspaper
    Golden Bay Weekly
    Interview reported: NZ should boost its production of animal proteins, says researcher

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