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Consumer-Analytical-Safety-Sensory Food Research Centre

Making sustainable and healthier foods the preferred choice

How our research drives healthier food choices

Deakin University's Consumer-Analytical-Safety-Sensory (CASS) Food Research Centre is dedicated to working with the Australian food industry to make sustainable and healthier foods the preferred choice of consumers.

By using state-of-the-art facilities and renowned researchers, we aim to deliver high-quality industry relevant research, offer industry focused consulting services, as well as training the next generation of food scientists

Our objective is to identify and train students who show an interest in consumer, sensory, food safety and analytical science, and provide them with the opportunity to participate in different areas of industry-relevant research.

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Our mission

Our team works towards:

  • conducting the highest-quality consumer, sensory, safety and flavour research
  • collaborating widely with the Australian food industry and government
  • educating the next generation of food scientists
  • promoting consumer, sensory, food safety and flavour analysis research both within Australia and internationally.

Join the CASS-Academy

The CASS-Academy is a training hub run by the CASS Food Research Centre for talented students interested in food and nutrition science research, including sensory and consumer science, food safety, flavour analysis, product development, nutrition and sustainability.

Across the 12-week program, students receive hands-on training alongside academic experts and industry professionals, while acquiring research skills in the area of food and nutrition sciences.

Learn more about the academy program

Our team

We have a number of widely published, highly esteemed researchers and PhD candidates working hard to deliver advanced knowledge and industry-relevant sensory and consumer science.

Our staff

NameSpecialisation
Professor Russell Keast Head of the CASS Food Research Centre
Professor Keast has over 15 years experience in conducting sensory studies. He specialises in the association between taste, consumption and enjoyment.
Dr Dan DiasSenior Lecturer
Dr Dias has over 15 years of experience in analytical biochemistry, metabolomics and natural product chemistry. His current research focuses on identifying bioactive natural products from endophytes; applying metabolomics to assess the impact of Polyphenol Rich Sugarcane Extracts on inflammatory cell signalling pathways and determining the flavour retention and changes of foods during storage.
Associate Professor Gie LiemAssociate Professor, Sensory and Consumer Science
Dr Liem has worked in the food industry and research institutes in the Netherlands and the US. His research focus is the food choices of children and cross-cultural research.
Dr Snehal JadhavLecturer in Food Safety
Dr Jadhav has experience in working on food industry-based projects in the area of food safety and microbial omics. Her current research focuses on using proteomics and metabolomics approaches to solve issues around food quality, spoilage and contamination.
Dr Andrew Costanzo

Lecturer in Nutrition Science
Dr Costanzo has a background in nutrition and physiology, with previous research looking at the influence of genetics and diet on taste function. His current research interest is on how taste function can be utilised to increase the satiating effect of foods, therefore reducing excessive food consumption and obesity.

Dr Shirani GamlathLecturer in Product Development
Shirani Gamlath’s research interests are in designing healthy and sustainable food products. Shirani has expertise in food processing mainly in food extrusion technology and product development in plant based products.
Simone LewinProject Manager, Associate Research Fellow

Researchers and PhD candidates

NameSpecialisation
Kathryn Colla  Measuring dynamics of liking: laboratory versus real-life environments using advanced sensory techniques
Yuying Feng
Akansha GuptaDevelopment of Next-Generation Barista Quality Plant-Based Milk Alternatives with Improved Quality Characteristics
Bella Hartley  Investigating umami as a basic taste and the association with diet and genetics
Claudia Hartley The association between carbohydrate taste and performance
Mayushi JayakodyFlavour retention and changes of foods during storage
Jookyeong Lee The influence of oral tactile acuity on food texture acceptance in fussiness of children aged 5 to 12 years
Anesu MagwereLinking molecules to sensory traits for next generation plant-based milk
Agnes MukurumbiraInvestigation of plant-based antimicrobials for applications in food packaging
Bharti SharmaExploring Off-Flavours in High Protein Plant-Based Milk Alternatives: Impact of Processing Techniques on Sensory Perception, Physiochemical Properties, and Stability
Heng Wan Sin (Valarie) Rapid detection of bacteria in contaminated foods using gas-chromatography

Contact us

CASS Food Research Centre
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125

Contact details
+61 3 9244 3753
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