Sylvia Zhang

Sylvia Zhang, BSc (Otago)

Sylvia is pursuing her Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Auckland.

Her research is working on food texture and mouth behaviour under the supervision of Dr Michael Hautus.

Sylvia also volunteers at mental health organizations, and she enjoys spending time with her family.    


Miles Gibson

Miles Gibson, BA (Auck)

Miles completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Auckland University of Technology) and is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Auckland.

With an interest in research and testing methods, Miles will be looking at contemporary preference testing methodology, and how it compares with traditional approaches.

Niamh Patterson

Niamh Patterson BSc (Hons) (AUT)

Niamh has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Auckland University of Technology). She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland under the supervision of Associate Professor Hautus.

As part of a multidisciplinary research group, her PhD research examines the concept of textural complexity in food.
Niamh's research focuses on food perception and sensory evaluation.