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Professor Ian Fisk

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Ian studied Food Science at the University of Nottingham and completed a PhD on lipid delivery mechanisms and novel flavour encapsulation technologies. He moved to Kraft Foods to run their UK flavour chemistry group for two years and returned to the University of Nottingham as Associate Professor in Food Chemistry and Flavour Chemistry. In 2018 he was promoted to the position of Professor within the Division of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics. His research interests lie in flavour management (production through to consumption) and fundamental food chemistry to support novel processing technologies and commercial products.

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Dr Ni Yang
Assistant Professor in Flavour Science



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Dr Ni Yang (Nicole) is the Assistant Professor in Flavour Science at the University of Nottingham and the laboratory Manager for Food and Feed Analysis Consultancy and Training Service. She has over 10-years’ experience in transferring and applying flavour science and technology to various industry and applications, including blue chip global food companies, and SMEs on a range of food products such as ice cream, biscuits, crisps and pet food.

Nicole's research interests are embedding flavour science from soil to health to understand how flavours are generated and affected by the plant and how different food processing and engineering would affect flavour formation and stability in the final product. Her current research includes tea and coffee flavour chemistry and trigeminal stimulus linking chilli/spicy sensations.  

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Dr Louise Hewson

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Dr Louise Hewson joined the flavour group in Dec 2020 and supports a number of research projects currently running within the group. Louise is a Sensory & Consumer Research Scientist with over 15 years experience in the field, across both academia and the food industry. Her research interests include taste & flavour perception, oral processing, consumer behaviour & consumption context, multimodal interactions and novel/emerging methods, tools & technologies. 

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Mui (Sharon) Lim
Technical Specialist 


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Mui Lim (Sharon) is a Technical Specialist in our Food Analysis Consultancy and Training Service (FACTS). Having previously worked in flavour companies such as Givaudan and Frutarom as trainee flavourist & chemist, she brings with her extensive commercial flavour knowledge and analytical expertise. Sharon oversees the running of analytical equipment in the flavour laboratory including supervision for the experimental elements of research projects.

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Dr Kateryna Dugina

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Dr Kateryna Dugina (Kate) is a food technology researcher with experience in innovative bakery, pasta and pastry product development, rheology, digestibility and bioavailability, food safety during production process and storage. She has worked on research projects focused on protein-protein and protein-polysaccharide interactions in bakery products, protein digestibility, development of gluten-free bread products with high protein content, law glycemic index and prolonged shelf-life.

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Michael-Alex Kamlow
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - KTP Associate



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Michael has joined the Flavour Group as a KTP Associate with Hain Daniels, carrying out research into hydrocolloid gel systems and flavour release. He studied the formulation of edible hydrocolloid gels for 3D printing during his PhD at the School of Chemical Engineering in the University of Birmingham and before that, completed a Master of Pharmacy degree at UCL. 

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Dr Rajkumar Nandakumar
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - KTP Associate


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Raj is working as a KTP Associate with Quality Kernels Ltd. Raj studied his PhD in Non-Thermal Processing techniques and flavour science at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His primary focus was on industrial applications such as post-harvest processing parameters, reducing nutritional loss and improving the flavour of different matrices. In the last 4 years, Raj has developed various new products in the plant based dairy alternative and meat alternative foods segment for companies in New Zealand and India.

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Dr Ali Saeidan
Postdoctoral Research Fellow


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Ali completed his PhD in Biosystems Engineering at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. His research assessed physical and chemical compounds in cocoa beans by non-destructive methods including NIR, HIS, chemometrics and machine learning. Ali joined the Flavour Group in July 2022 as a postdoctoral research fellow working on the project Ultra-rapid real-time diagnostic tool of plant disease/infection adapted for field deployment.
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Nick Kuhlman
Flavour Scientist at v2food


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Nick is a flavour scientist based at the University of Adelaide, working with v2 Foods. Nick is a food scientist with over 15 years of experience as a product developer in the food industry. His current research includes understanding flavour and fat systems in plant based meats and how to increase flavour intensity and meatiness. He collaborates closely with the team here at Nottingham.

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Jenny Drury

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Jenny provides administrative support for the teaching, research and outreach work of the Flavour Group. She has co-ordinated several large scale conferences and manages the administrative side of our annual Food Flavour training course.

Flavour Research Group

The University of Nottingham
Division of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Sutton Bonington Campus
Loughborough, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 6132
email: jennifer.drury@nottingham.ac.uk