Researcher

Associate Professor Alice Lee

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Senior Lecturer & Undergraduate Food Program Authority in the School of Chemical Engineering

Co-director of ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Food Manufacture

 

I currently serve as a Senior Lecturer and an Undergraduate Food program Authority in the School of Chemical Engineering, Food Science & Technology group. I am also co-director of ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Food Manufacture.

I lead an active...view more

Senior Lecturer & Undergraduate Food Program Authority in the School of Chemical Engineering

Co-director of ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Food Manufacture

 

I currently serve as a Senior Lecturer and an Undergraduate Food program Authority in the School of Chemical Engineering, Food Science & Technology group. I am also co-director of ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Food Manufacture.

I lead an active research program in three related areas of food chemistry, food analysis/immunodiagnostics and food safety, including the area of food allergy.

I believe that food is our best medicine and I am also a strong believer of gut health. Our immune system in health and disease is very much dependent upon the types and conditions of food that we eat. My current research thus focuses on characterisation and purification of allergenic proteins; molecular interaction of food components during processing; digestibility and bio-accessibility, interaction of food components with the gut immune system; and the development of novel immunodiagnostics and immunosensors as decision support tools for the detection and management of food contaminants, pathogens and food allergens.

Interest in Food Science and Technology

Why did you get into Food Science and Technology?

Food is more than just a means of getting energy – it is also our best medicine. Our health, immune system and general well-being are not only dependent on the food we eat, but also the types of foods and how they are processed. I want to contribute to making our food the best it can be for us and not just something to consume.

What are your research goals?

My research goal is to achieve better understanding about what happens to food components when they go through various processing techniques and conditions, how they interact with our gut immune system and how these interactions may affect the status of our health especially with respect to immune system.

What do people not understand about you do?

Many people think that it is easy to work with food. What they do not realise is that food is a very complex system – perhaps one of the most complex systems one ever encounter. Despite the enormous research efforts on foods, we still know little about what exactly we eat and what happens to foods in our body.

Lectures/Courses taught

FOOD4110/8110         Advanced Food Chemistry (Convenor and Lecturer)

FOOD3020/8020         Food Science and Technology Laboratory (Convenor and Lecturer)

INDC2003                   Instrumental Analysis (Convenor and Lecturer)

FOOD6804                  Food Diagnostics (Convenor and Lecturer) 

FOOD1120                  Introduction to Food Science (Lecturer)

FOOD6808                  Food Toxicology (Lecturer)

Students

Since 2005, I have successfully supervised and co-supervised 6 PhD students, 3 Masters by research and more than 20 honours students in the fields of food safety, food bioactives, protein chemistry, food allergy, food analysis, food Imunodiagnostics and immunosensors.

Professional Organisations and Consulting positions

Editorial board member of:

  • Journal of Food Measurement & Characterization
  • Food and Agricultural Immunology

Professional Member of Australian Institute of food Science and Technology (AIFST)

Chartered Chemist of Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)

Grants

  • ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Food Manufacture
  • Rural Development Administration (Korea) International Research Collaborative Scheme
  • Grain Research & Development Corporation

Education

I received B.AgS. from the University of Sydney and Ph.D. in Biotechnology in the University of Sydney and CSIRO Plant Industry. Before coming to the University of New South Wales in 2005 to assume my present position, I served for 2 years as a Research Chemist in the U.S Department of Agriculture, College Station, TX and 7 years as research staff at the University of Sydney.

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Location

Chemical Science Building (F10)
Level 7, Room 708
Kensington Campus

Contact

+61 2 9385 4363
+61 2 9385 5966