Dr Nicole Roy is a Principal Scientist and the Science Team Leader of the Food Nutrition & Health team, based at AgResearch Grasslands in Palmerston North. Nicole is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Massey University. Prior to her employment at AgResearch in 1998, her PhD studies were completed at Laval University (Quebec, Canada), Agriculture Canada (Quebec, Canada) and at the Nutrition Unit of the Meat Animal Research Centre in Clay Centre (Nebraska, USA). During her PhD studies Nicole was an Academic Fellow from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Her PhD (awarded in 1997) was followed by Postdoctoral studies at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen (Scotland, 1997-1998). Both her PhD and Postdoctoral studies focused on how nutrition and food components can modify inter-organ nutrient partitioning and communication using tracer kinetics, animal (pig and sheep) models and in vitro models. At AgResearch, Nicole leads a team of 20 permanent science staff, 3 Postdoctoral Fellows and 10 PhD students. Her focus is on pre-clinical investigations of nutrition, microbe-host interactions, and digestive function, and includes contributions to large New Zealand research collaborations. She has leadership roles in projects funded by AgResearch, MBIE, Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE) and the National Science Challenges. Nicole is a Principal Investigator in the Riddet Institute CoRE and supervises 4 Postgraduate (PhD/MSc) students and 2 Postdoctoral Fellows as part of this role. She is also the Principal Investigator of the High-Value Nutrition priority research programme ELITE GUT: Improving Gastrointestinal Function and Comfort.
nutrition, microbe-host interactions, and digestive function