Lira Souza Gonzaga

Dr Lira Souza Gonzaga

Lecturer

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


I am a Postdoctoral researcher and a Lecturer at The University of Adelaide working with the sensory characterisation of the Barossa Shiraz Terroir and teaching in the Department of Food Science. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Food Engineering working with intelligent packaging for my honours research project. I also worked in the R&D department at Foxtail Foods in the USA and as an operational manager at Minas Estate Coffee in Brazil before coming to Australia to complete my Doctor’s degree. My PhD at the University of Adelaide investigated the sensory aspects responsible for typicity in Australian Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Currently, I am involved with the sensory characterisation of emerging wine varieties in Australia, lexicon development for Australian oysters' sensory attributes, and developing a model to substantiate provenance claims through molecular fingerprinting and machine learning the role of nutrigenomics in food preference and acceptance.

I am also responsible for "Food quality and regulation", and "Sensory evaluation of foods" undergraduate courses.

Currently, I am involved with the sensory characterisation of emerging wine varieties in Australia, lexicon development for Australian oyster's sensory attributes as well as developing a model to substantiate provenance claims through molecular fingerprinting and machine learning, and the role of nutrigenomics in food preference and acceptance

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2021 - ongoing Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2018 Operational Manager Minas Estate Coffee Group
    2015 - 2015 Lab Assistant Federal University of Lavras
    2014 - 2014 R&D Intern Foxtail Foods
    2013 - 2013 Intern Betty's and Taylor's Harrogate
    2011 - 2013 Tutoring Federal University of Lavras
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Portuguese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2018 - 2021 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2010 - 2017 Federal University of Lavras Brazil Bachelor (with Honors)
  • Research Interests

ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production - Master's Scholarship

Wine Australia - Top-up Scholarship  

  • Aug 2020 - Dec 2020 - The University Adelaide - Tutorials - Sensory Studies - Oenology
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2020 - 2020 Sensory Studies - Oenology The Unversity of Adelaide Tutorials
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83130096
  • Email: lira.souzagonzaga@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Wine Innovation Central
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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