Professor Ravi Gooneratne, Professor of Toxicology, Lincoln University, New Zealand

A veterinarian (BVSc) with a doctorate (PhD) in toxicopathology from Murdoch University, Australia, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip. Tox.) in toxicology from University of Saskatchewan, Canada, a registered toxicologist in UK (British Toxicology Society),  a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in UK (FRCPath), a Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary and Comparative Toxicology (FAAVCT) in USA. Been teaching and / or researching in a variety of aspects of toxicology for the past 30 years in Australia, Canada, USA, Thailand, Malaysia, Spain, South Africa, Philippines, China, Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, Uganda and New Zealand. Supervised over 60 PhD and MSc students. Has over 200 publications in scientific journals and conference presentations, many in high profile journals. Research interests include food safety and security, food toxicology, mycotoxins, nanotoxicology, heavy metal toxicology, pesticide toxicology, ecotoxicogenomics, and development of biomarkers and biosensors to monitor environmental pollution. Was the recipient of the Lincoln University Principal Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008, Excellence in Research Award in 1994, and Excellence in Teaching Innovation Award in 2003. Has been collaborating with Chinese scientists for the past 15 years. Currently, a Visiting Professor & Excellent Talent Chair Professor at Guangdong Ocean University (in Zhanjiang), Visiting Professor Jinan University (in Guangzhou). Also lectured at Wuhan Agricultural University (in Wuhan), Peking University (in Beijing), Northwestern Agriculture & Forestry University (in Yangling), National Institute for Food and Drug Control (in Beijing), and conducted over 10 workshops at these Chinese universities and institutes, mostly on food safety and security, mycotoxins, and environmental toxins.