N8 AgriFood in Manchester is managed by a small leadership team. You can find out more about their roles and expertise below.
The group is dedicated to expanding our network, encouraging cross-disciplinary collaborations and supporting multidisciplinary bids for major funding. We’re always happy to come and speak about the programme in any part of the University and would welcome requests for talks and support – you can send any enquiries directly to email@example.com
We also have a large and diverse network of people working across the field of agri-food in Manchester. This includes people from all three Faculties and colleagues from as diverse areas as Cancer Sciences, Engineering, Biological Sciences, Physics, Geography, Business and more.
Prof Bruce Grieve
N8 Chair in Agri-sensors and Electronics and Theme 1 Lead
Bruce has 18 years of industrial experience in the fields of online analysis and measurement R&D; including deployment of sensors and informatics systems within new integrated products for Sustainable Agriculture and Food. He works within the theme of Electronic engineering for agriculture and has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Fellowship to progress his e-Agri research.
Prof David Jonson
N8 Chair in Microbial Ecology
David is a terrestrial ecologist with a particular interest in understanding how plants interact with the myriad organisms that live in soil, especially symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi, and the consequences of these interactions for biogeochemical cycles.
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Dr Peter Martin
Theme 2 Lead
Peter is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and has 20 years’ experience of researching new ways to measure, control and utilise multiphase properties in products and processes. In the food sector this often means uncovering how microstructure is created in processing through a combination of ingredient formulation and processing, and using this to enable better structure preservation, improve consumer satisfaction or accommodate changes in supply chain.
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Professor EN Clare Mills
Theme 3 Lead
Clare has a chair in Molecular Allergology at The University of Manchester and led the EU integrated projects iFAAM and EuroPrevall. Her personal research interests are focused on structure-function relationships in food proteins, particularly with regards to what makes some proteins, and not others, become allergens, including the effects of the food matrix and processing on resistance of food proteins to digestion and the role this plays in determining the allergenicity of foods.
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Dr Helen Downie
Project Manager and Knowledge Exchange Fellow
Helen is an N8 AgriFood knowledge exchange fellow. Her interests are in the environmental impacts of food production, sustainable resource use in farming, including in developing countries and public engagement with environmental science.
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Project Manager and Network Coordinator
Alison has worked in Project Management in the Higher Education field for many years and comes with strong experience of bringing diverse groups together into collaborative working environments. Alison takes care of the day-to-day management needs of the N8 AgriFood programme in Manchester and is the first point of contact for any general queries.
N8 Agrifood Research Fellow
Susan Lee is a N8 Agrifood Research Fellow working across all three themes of Sustainable Food Production, Resilient Supply Chains and Health and consumption. She has extensive experience of working on multi-disciplinary projects within large consortia based in the UK as well as Europe and the Nordic Countries. She is an environmental scientist with a particular interest in the practical applications of research in Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences, Ecology, Urban Studies and Health.