School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand


Melodie Lindsay


  • Metabolomics
  • Fragrance and flavour research
  • Industrial microbiology
  • Biorefinery


  • 2015-present: PhD candidate at the University of Auckland, School of Biological Science
  • 2014: BSc. Hons (First class) Biological sciences, University of Auckland, School of Biological Sciences

Dissertation: “The validation of a computational model for metabolomics through the modulation of wine ethanol concentration”

  •  2010-2013: BSc. Biomedical Sciences, University of Auckland, School of Biological Sciences
    Specialisation in Immunology and Microbiology


Making scents of waste: Fermentative production of high-value flavour and aroma compounds from food industry by-products
Perfume and flavouring agents have been valued by civilisations for thousands of years. Today, modern fragrance and flavour ingredients can comprise up to 5% of the total cost of many consumer goods/products. This USD 25 billion industry continues to expand in particular, due to consumer demand for natural alternatives to artificial additives. This project involves using different microorganisms to produce natural fragrance and flavour additives from primary industry waste products as part of a wider initiative to add value to New Zealand biological resources with the Bioresource Processing Alliance.

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