On my father's side Ngāpuhi and Irish descent. My mother's side is from England and Germany. I grew up exploring the Hauraki Gulf/Tīkapa Moana.

I studied microbial biotechnology at Massey University. After my PhD, I worked for a start-up and completed a post-doc at Victoria University of Wellington.

I enjoy mountain biking in the Tararua Ranges and am currently interested in applying the toolkit of precision fermentation to manufacturing dairy proteins and peptides.


  • Doctorate, Biological Science, Massey University, 2015
  • Bachelors with Honours, Biological Science, The University of Auckland, 2010