Dion Thompson

Dion Thompson

Senior Scientist


Biochemical Metrology

I am a Senior Scientist in the Biotechnologies Group at Callaghan Innovation, specialising in analytical biochemistry. As part of a team located at the University of Canterbury's Biomolecular Interaction Centre, we are able to draw on an extensive breadth of expertise to assist with commercial problems relating to proteins, enzymes, biotechnology and molecular biology.

I have been employed at several research organisations across NZ, England and Australia, and have university qualifications in biochemistry, mathematics and statistics. At Callaghan Innovation I apply that experience and expertise supporting New Zealand companies looking for assistance in chromatography, mammalian cell culture and enzymology.

Areas of expertise
  • Analytical biochemistry
  • Cell culture assessment of bioactivity
  • Enzyme characterisation and analysis
  • Statistics
  • MSc (Biochemistry), Lincoln University, 1996
  • Grad.Dip (Mathematics), Massey University, 2012
  • P.G.Dip. (Statistics), University of Canterbury, 2018
Memberships and awards
  • New Zealand Institute of Chemistry

  • New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology

Selected publications
  • Watkin, Serena A. J., Azadeh Hashemi, Dion R. Thomson, Volker M. Nock, Renwick C. J. Dobson, and F. Grant Pearce. “Laminar Flow-Based Microfluidic Systems for Molecular Interaction Analysis—Part 2: Data Extraction, Processing and Analysis.” In Methods in Enzymology. Academic Press, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.mie.2022.12.005.
  • Lassé, Moritz, Dulantha Ulluwishewa, Jackie Healy, Dion Thompson, Antonia Miller, Nicole Roy, Kenny Chitcholtan, and Juliet A. Gerrard. “Evaluation of Protease Resistance and Toxicity of Amyloid-like Food Fibrils from Whey, Soy, Kidney Bean, and Egg White.” Food Chemistry 192 (February 1, 2016): 491–98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.07.044.
  • Beattie, Karren D., Peter G. Waterman, Paul I. Forster, Dion R. Thompson, and David N. Leach. “Chemical Composition and Cytotoxicity of Oils and Eremophilanes Derived from Various Parts of Eremophila Mitchellii Benth. (Myoporaceae).” Phytochemistry 72, no. 4–5 (April 2011): 400–408. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phytochem.2010.12.011.
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