Kerst Stelwagen is originally from The Netherlands. Following his undergraduate training in The Netherlands, he immigrated to Canada, where he completed the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Guelph, ON, Canada in animal nutrition and lactation physiology, respectively. In 1992, he moved to New Zealand to take up a Postdoctoral Scientist position in lactation physiology with AgResearch. Most recently, he was heading the Department of Dairy Science and Technology at AgResearch. The department comprised approximately 50 research staff, involved in research ranging from basic mammary gene discovery, through research on milk-derived bioactives, to noninvasive measurement technology and biosensors. Projects were funded through a mix of government funding and contract R&D money, and research was conducted in close alliance with dairy industry sector companies. In addition to dairy cow physiology and nutrition, he has strong interests in characterizing and enhancing the functional and health properties (value-add) of dairy products. He is a Member of NZ Institute of Food and Technology, NZ Society of Animal Production, American Dairy Science Association, Canadian Society of Animal Science, and the American Physiological Society, has acted as an Expert Evaluator on European Union FP7 panels, served on industry panels and committees, is an Honorary Lecturer at Waikato University, New Zealand, and has published widely in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Biography Updated on 5 December 2010