Dr Edward Walker

PhD Molecular Medicine (Auck), MSc (Hons) Biology, BSc Biology

Dr Edward Walker is a scientist in the Consumer and Product Insights group at Plant & Food Research, New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute. His research focuses on identifying bioactive compounds from plants for use in plant-based health products, and as targets for directed breeding of whole foods with enhanced health properties.

He is the co-discoverer of a New Zealand plant-based extract that is clinically tested and used to support dietary change and healthy eating. Edward believes in the potential of plant compounds and plant-based diets for improving health and wellbeing.

He will talk about the potential use of bioactive plant compounds, the opportunities and challenges that present as plant-based diets become mainstream and how we might keep plant-based healthy in a consumer driven world of ultra-processed meat substitutes.