Tom Wheeler

Technical Manager Analytical Science


  • PhD in Biochemistry, Victoria University of Wellington
  • BSc (Hons)  Victoria University of Wellington

Role at Cawthron

Tom joined Cawthron in October 2016 and is head of the Research and Method Development team within Analytical Science.

Tom is a molecular physiologist by training and has over 20 years of research expertise in milk composition and function. During this time he has pulled together multidisciplinary teams of researchers and worked collaboratively with industry on a range of science that has added significant value to the Dairy industry. This includes identifying bioactives in milk and its processing streams, evaluating the commercial potential of low-value processing streams, identifying and evaluating health biomarkers in both humans and cattle, and investigating the uptake of micronutrients contained in milk within the human digestive tract.

Through his previous senior science roles Tom has experience in working with sector groups to put together research proposals and funding applications and is building partnerships with New Zealand’s biological industries to deliver innovation in his role at Cawthron.

Technical Skills

  • Protein analysis
  • Proteomics
  • Immunological assays

Selected Achievements

  • Characterisation of the bovine milk proteome
  • Discovery and characterisation of a major protein, BSP30, in bovine saliva.
  • Development of several commercially applicable product concepts based on milk extracts as leader of an MBIE programme “Defence Proteins in Milk”.

View Tom's ResearchGate profile.

Publication links

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