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Dr Cushla Maree McGoverin

PhD (Chemistry), University of Otago

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Senior Research Fellow


I studied dairy products and pharmaceuticals with Raman spectroscopy for my PhD at the University of Otago (completed in 2008). I spent a further year at the University of Otago and worked on a series of spectroscopic applications for industry and other sectors. In late 2009 I travelled to Stellenbosch University, South Africa to join the Department of Food Science as a postdoctoral fellow. Here we were using near-infrared hyperspectral imaging to analyse cereals, primarily maize, wheat and sorghum. After Stellenbosch, I secured a postdoctoral research position at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA, where we were using mid- and near-infrared spectroscopies to study the growth of engineered cartilage and cartilage degradation in the context of osteoarthritis. I have now joined Dr Frederique Vanholsbeeck's team  to analyse microbes with fluorescence spectroscopy.

Research | Current

Currently I am research fellow working on Foodsafe, a Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment funded project. We are developing a system based on fluorescence spectroscopy to accurately and rapidly determine bacterial concentration levels.

Areas of expertise

Raman spectroscopy

Near- and mid-infrared spectroscopy

Fluorescence spectroscopy



Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 5, Room 510
New Zealand

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