Owen Young

Owen Young

Job Title

Academic Leader


After completing his PhD in plant biochemistry at La Trobe University in Melbourne in 1973, Owen Young undertook postdoctoral study in California and New Zealand before working for 25 years as a researcher in the meat industry. He has now been at AUT for 10 years and has expanded his food interests beyond meat, although he still has connections and research projects in that industry. The research focus to date at AUT has been in industry trouble solving for smaller New Zealand food companies, and on food product development.


plant biochemistry, food, meat, food product, project design, meat protein, food allergen, spirit, gluten, goat milk, seafood, fermentation, food industry.