Centre for Nutrition and Food Science (CNAFS)

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland

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Papaya fruit research from CFNAS

The Centre undertakes fundamental and applied research across the nutrition and food sciences integrating approaches from physical, chemical and biological disciplines. CNAFS scientists work across the nutrition and food sciences, using a range of cross-disciplinary approaches, modern analytical techniques and understanding developed through study of model systems, to identify the mechanisms responsible for important food and nutrition properties. This involves extensive collaboration with research groups within UQ and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), and many other Australian and international partners.

Website https://qaafi.uq.edu.au/nutrition-food-sciences

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Food quality and human nutrition
  • Sensory and consumer science
  • Molecular basis for food quality
  • Food bio-materials and processing
  • Molecular parasitology
  • Hostpathogen interaction using genomics and biotechnology
  • Biofortification of fruit, nuts and vegetables

Facilities and major equipment

  • Pilot plant facility
  • Extensive range of food-grade processing equipment

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff


Hartley Teakle Building, Building 83, Slip Road, UQ, St Lucia, 4072

Lead researcher

  • Professor Mike Gidley—A leading researcher in plant molecular structures of relevance to plant-based food properties focussed on structure such as starch granules and plant cell walls.

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre
  • Australian Research Centre of Excellence – Partner Organisation
  • Queensland Government – Partner

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