Eva Maier

Postdoctoral Scientist at AgResearch, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Eva Maier is currently working as a Postdoctoral Scientist at AgResearch in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Her research focuses on deciphering the mechanisms of the gut-brain axis, particularly the links between gut barrier dysfunction and neuroinflammation. Prior to her postdoctoral research, Eva completed her PhD in Nutritional Science at Massey University based at AgResearch.


Investigating host-microbe interactions and mechanisms of the gut-brain axis in vitro

  • A dual-environment model of the gut has been developed that allows the co-culture of live anaerobic gut bacteria and oxygen-requiring human cells
  • This gut model has been proven to be more representative of the gut than conventional in vitro models
  • The gut model will be extended to a three stage gut-brain culture system which will be used to investigate the mechanisms of the gut-brain axis