Doctor Malik Hussain

Doctor Malik Hussain

Associate Professor in Innovative Food Production,
Food Sciences


Academic Qualifications

  • PhD in Food Microbiology, The University of Melbourne, Australia (2007)
  • MSc (Honours) in Food Technology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan (1998)
  • BSc (Honours) in Agri-Food Technology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan (1996)

 Professional Experience

  • Senior Food Safety Officer, Food Safety Unit, the Victorian Department of Health, Melbourne (2017-2021)
  • Senior Science and Technical Officer, NSW Food Authority, Sydney (2015-2017)
  • Associate Director, Centre for Food Research and Innovation (CFRI), Lincoln University, New Zealand (2013-2015)
  • Senior Lecturer/Lecturer, Department of Wine, Food and Molecular Biosciences, Lincoln University, New Zealand (2010-2015)
  • Research Fellow, Faculty of Science and Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane (2008-2010)

 Professional Affiliations 

  • Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) (2010 - present)
  • Asia-Pacific Institute of Food Professionals (APIFP) (2015 – present)
  • New Zealand China Food Safety Association (NZCFSA) (2014 - present)
  • Asian Association of Food Safety and Security (AAFSS) (2014 - present)

This information has been contributed by Doctor Hussain.

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Food Sciences


Phone: (02) 4570 1387
Location: Hawkesbury

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Current Teaching Areas

  • 300859 Food Safety
  • 301181 Food Evaluation
  • 301182 Food Quality Management
  • 301444 Introduction to Food Science
  • 301452 Innovative Foods



  • Bekhit, A., Riley, W. and Hussain, M. (2022), 'Alternative Proteins: Safety and Food Security Considerations', : CRC Press 9780367281298.

Chapters in Books

  • Hussain, M. (2018), 'Molecular techniques for the identification of LAB in fermented cereal and meat products', Molecular Techniques in Food Biology: Safety, Biotechnology, Authenticity and Traceability, John Wiley & Sons 9781119374602.
  • Hussain, M. (2016), 'Risk and hazard analysis of foods', Foodborne Pathogens and Food Safety, CRC Press 9781498724104.

Journal Articles

  • Min, M., Bunt, C., Mason, S. and Hussain, M. (2019), 'Non-dairy probiotic food products : an emerging group of functional foods', Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, vol 59, no 16 , pp 2626 - 2641.
  • Min, M., Mason, S., Bennett, G., Hussain, M. and Bunt, C. (2019), 'Viability assessment of Bifidobacterium longum ATCC 15707 on non-dairy foods using quantitative fluorescence microscopy', Journal of Microbiological Methods, vol 167 .
  • Min, M., Bunt, C., Mason, S., Bennett, G. and Hussain, M. (2017), 'Effect of non-dairy food matrices on the survival of probiotic bacteria during storage', Microorganisms, vol 5, no 3 .
  • Hussain, M., Liu, H., Wang, Q., Zhong, F., Guo, Q. and Balamurugan, S. (2017), 'Use of encapsulated bacteriophages to enhance farm to fork food safety', Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, vol 57, no 13 , pp 2801 - 2810.
  • Jose, N., Bunt, C. and Hussain, M. (2017), 'Comparison of biochemical characteristics of lactobacilli isolates from food and bovine rumen sources under low pH and bile salt stress conditions', Chemical Engineering Transactions, vol 56 , pp 1867 - 1872.
  • Hussain, M., Stitt, V., Szabo, E. and Nelan, B. (2017), 'Toxoplasma gondii in the food supply', Pathogens, vol 6, no 2 .
  • Wadamori, Y., Gooneratne, R. and Hussain, M. (2017), 'Outbreaks and factors influencing microbiological contamination of fresh produce', Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, vol 97, no 5 , pp 1396 - 1403.
  • Hussain, M., Saputra, T., Szabo, E. and Nelan, B. (2017), 'An overview of seafood supply, food safety and regulation in New South Wales, Australia', Foods, vol 6, no 7 .

Understanding the challenges associated with global food systems. My research interests are novel foods and alternative protein sources, functional foods and health, probiotics and microbial technologies, food safety and risk assessment of new food products, food safety management, global food supply chain, and food regulations.

Research areas

  • Novel foods and alternative protein sources
  • Probiotics and functional foods
  • Food innovation, nutrition, and health
  • Microbiological food safety
  • Risk assessment of new food products
  • Fresh produce safety
  • Global food supply chain challenges
  • Novel approaches in food safety management
  • International food standards, regulations, and policy

This information has been contributed by Doctor Hussain.

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