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Dr William Laing

William Laing
Senior Scientist
Place of Work
Plant & Food Research

William's research interests are in proteomics. This is an area of research that involves separating proteins and determining their levels in different tissues. William is part of New Zealand's nutrigenomics research team.




William and his colleagues use proteomics information to study the ways that different foods and food components affect cell functioning. This is especially important in nutrigenomics, which also involves comparing different genotypes with different susceptibility to diseases.

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William is the leader of Plant & Food Research's contribution to the nutrigenomics initiative, and he has to ensure that he has a broad understanding of all aspects of nutrigenomics research, especially those parts in which Plant & Food Research is making a significant contribution.

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Career Pathway

William spent many years a plant biochemist. He was then asked to lead the HortResearch, now Plant & Food Research, efforts in the collaborative nutrigenomics programme, which he has been doing for the past few years.


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