Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences

The Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences (CNAFS) was established in 2003 at The University of Queensland in collaboration with the Queensland Government. 

CNAFS supports the development of enhanced health outcomes and economic benefits for Queensland and Australia by carrying out relevant fundamental and applied research across the nutrition and food sciences to provide a sound basis for subsequent exploitation.

The science of food and nutrition involves the integration of approaches drawing from physical, chemical and biological disciplines.

Before coming to CNAFS, Centre Director Professor Mike Gidley (below) worked for Unilever Research in the United Kingdom for more than 20 years, beginning as a research scientist and culminating as the group leader for Plantbased Foods and Ingredients.

CNAFS is comprised of research scientists working across the nutrition and food sciences, using a range of cross-disciplinary approaches, modern analytical techniques and understanding developed through study of model systems, to identify the fundamental mechanisms responsible for important food and nutrition properties.

This involves extensive collaboration with research groups within UQ and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), and many other Australian and international partners.

Current research themes within CNAFS address the topic of naturally functional foods, and include:

  • Molecular basis for food quality
  • Food bio-materials and processing
  • Health and nutrition properties.
Browse a list of CNAFS research scientists


Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences (CNAFS)
Room S313, Level 3
Hartley Teakle Building (#83)
The University of Queensland, St Lucia

CNAFS Centre Administration Officer

Janelle Low
Tel: (07) 3346 0538
Int. +61 7 3346 0555
Email: qaafi_admin-finance@uq.edu.au

Administration Office - Room S320, Level 3, Hartley Teakle Building, UQ St Lucia, 4072.

QAAFI Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences section

Fibre caught trafficking antioxidants in the colon

15 Oct 2012 -- World-first study discovers that fibre binds up to 80 per cent of cancer-inhibiting antioxidant polyphenols in fruit and vegetables, thereby protecting the antioxidants from early digestion in the stomach and small intestine.

Computational Modelling Research Topics and Scholarships 2016

Understanding avocado, mango or macadamia growth and development through field studies and functional-structural plant modelling
Understanding genetic regulatory networks in plants
Exploring plant-plant and plant-environment interactions
Virtual insect modelling system
Modelling the role of fiber in human digestion

Recent QAAFI Scientific Publications

Recent QAAFI scientific publications

Professor Mike Gidley

Director - Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences (CNAFS)
Investigating polysaccharide assemblies such as plant cell walls (as part of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls) and starch granules, particularly the way these structures are assembled in nature and then disassembled during manufacturing and later during digestion.

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