Emeritus Professor Lynnette Robin Ferguson

D.Phil. (Oxon.), DSc., QSO, FNZIFST, FRSNZ

Biography

Lynnette Ferguson obtained her D.Phil.(Oxon) (the equivalent of a PhD) from Oxford University, working on the subject of DNA damage, DNA repair and mutagenesis in yeast. After her return to New Zealand, she began working as part of the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, using mutagenicity testing as a predictor of carcinogenesis, with particular focus on the New Zealand situation. In 2000, she took on a 50% role as Head of a new Discipline of Nutrition at the University of Auckland. In more recent years, she has considered the interplay between genes and diet in the development of chronic disease, with particular focus on Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a cancer-prone condition, and also in prostate cancer. As programme leader for the multidisciplinary-multiorganisation Nutrigenomics New Zealand, she worked with a range of others to bring nutrigenomics tools and potential to the New Zealand science scene. She has supervised more than 40 students to the successful completion of B.tech, MSc or PhD. Her laboratory regularly supervises 2-3 summer students each year. She is the author or co-author of more than 350 peer reviewed publications as chapters in books or articles in international journals. She serves on the Editorial Boards of several major journals.

Research | Current

Lynnette's current research considers the interplay between genes and diet in the development of chronic disease, with particular focus on Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a cancer-prone condition and also in both colorectal and prostate cancer.   As programme leader for the multidisciplinary-multiorganisation Nutrigenomics New Zealand, she has worked with a range of others across The university of Auckland, Plant and Food Research and Agresearch Ltd, to bring nutrigenomics tools and potential to the New Zealand science scene. http://www.nutrigenomics.org.nz/ Research interests: Gene-diet interactions in the development of chronic disease, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Colorectal cancer, Prostate cancer

Teaching | Current

Offers projects for MEDSCI701 and 702, co-supervises MSc and PhD projects

Distinctions/Honours

Queens Service Order in Public Health

Fellow, New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology

Fellow, Royal Society of New Zealand

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Ferguson, L. R. (2017). Why might the finding of a new genetic association with inflammatory bowel disease be of potential value in disease control?. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 106 (6), 1335-1336. 10.3945/ajcn.117.169623
  • Vaidyanathan, V., Naidu, V., Karunasinghe, N., Kao, C. H.-J., Pallati, R., Jabed, A., ... Ferguson, L. R. (2017). Effect of ageing and single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with the risk of aggressive prostate cancer in a New Zealand population. Molecular BioSystems10.1039/c7mb00203c
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nishi Karunasinghe, Prasanna Kallingappa, Vijay Naidu
  • Danesi, F., & Ferguson, L. R. (2017). Could Pomegranate Juice Help in the Control of Inflammatory Diseases?. Nutrients, 9 (9).10.3390/nu9090958
  • Waldie, K. E., Cornforth, C. M., Webb, R. E., Thompson, J. M. D., Murphy, R., Moreau, D., ... Mitchell, E. A. (2017). Dopamine transporter (DAT1/SLC6A3) polymorphism and the association between being born small for gestational age and symptoms of ADHD. Behavioural Brain Research, 333, 90-97. 10.1016/j.bbr.2017.06.040
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35928
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Moreau, Karen Waldie, John Thompson, Edwin Mitchell, Rinki Murphy, Rebecca Slykerman
  • Venkatesh, V., Vijay, N., Kao, C., Karunasinghe, N., Bishop, K., Wang, A., ... Zhu, S. (2017). Environmental factors and risk of aggressive prostate cancer among a population of New Zealand men: A genotypic approach. Molecular BioSystems, 13 (4), 681-698. 10.1039/C6MB00873A
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33628
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nishi Karunasinghe, Karen Bishop, Phillip Shepherd, Mohanraj Krishnan, Vijay Naidu
  • Nasef, N. A., Mehta, S., & Ferguson, L. R. (2017). Susceptibility to chronic inflammation: an update. Archives of toxicology, 91 (3), 1131-1141. 10.1007/s00204-016-1914-5
  • Tang, J., Larsen, D., Ferguson, L., & James, B. (2017). Textural complexity model foods assessed with instrumental and sensory measurements. Journal of Texture Studies, 48 (1), 9-22. 10.1111/jtxs.12188
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31805
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bryony James
  • Grimaldi, K. A., van Ommen, B., Ordovas, J. M., Parnell, L. D., Mathers, J. C., Bendik, I., ... Daniel, H. (2017). Proposed guidelines to evaluate scientific validity and evidence for genotype-based dietary advice. Genes & Nutrition, 1210.1186/s12263-017-0584-0