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Prof Bernhard Breier PhD

Chair in Human Nutrition

School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition

Short Biography:

Bernhard Breier is Professor and Chair in Human Nutrition at the College of Health at Massey University. He trained at the University of Göttingen in Germany before gaining a PhD at the University of Auckland, School of Medicine. His work has been recognized with the Hamilton Prize of the Royal Society of New Zealand, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and a Principal Research Fellowship from the Health Research Council of New Zealand. Previous appointments include Academic Director at the Liggins Institute, the University of Auckland, and he was a founding member of Gravida, the National Research Centre for Growth and Development.

Professor Breier is internationally recognised for his work on long-term health consequences of nutrition with a focus on metabolic function throughout lifespan. He has published over 200 scientific papers, holds ten international patents, and his H-index is 49. His research programmes bring together nutrition, metabolism and endocrinology, combining basic and applied studies from the cellular level to major human intervention trials. Research themes include taste perception and appetite regulation, the gut microbiome and metabolic health, socio-cultural contexts of food and body size, and pathways to healthy ageing.

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Contact details

  • Location: 84.5, 84
    Campus: Albany


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Auckland (1988)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Public Health Nutrition


Life Cycle Nutrition

Nutrient Metabolism

Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes Mellitus


Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biochemistry and Cell Biology (060100): Biological Sciences (060000): Cell Metabolism (060104):
Clinical Sciences (110300):
Cognitive Sciences (170200):
Endocrinology (110306): Exercise Physiology (110602): Human Movement and Sports Science (110600): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Medical Physiology (111600): Nutrition and Dietetics (111100):
Physiology (060600):
Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000)


Human Nutrition, Endocrinology and Metabolism

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 3
Team Member 0 3

Current Projects

Project Title: HRC - The Gut Microbiome: A New Pathway to Obesity Prevention and Metabolic Health

Date Range: 2015 - 2019

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Teaching and Supervision

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Nikki Renall - Doctor of Philosophy
    New pathways to obesity prevention and metabolic health: the relationship between diet and the gut microbiome
  • Jo Slater - Doctor of Philosophy
    The gut microbiome - new pathways to obesity prevention and metabolic health, a focus on dietary intake, sleep and physical activity
  • Sophie Kindleysides - Doctor of Philosophy
    New insights into taste perception and associations with dietary intake, obesity and metabolic health.

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