Dr Lynne Chepulis

Senior Research Fellow, Medical Research Centre

Qualifications: BSc, MSc, Mphil, PhD

Research Interests

Nutrition, Diabetes, Obesity, Epidemiology, Chronic disease development, Cancer, Clinical trials.

Current projects include
i) an assessment of antioxidant-rich food extracts on glycaemic response in prediabetes
ii) NZ Public Health Nutrition (evaluation of sugars in SSBs, children's breakfast cereals,
processed foods)
iii) exploring barriers to lung cancer diagnosis in Maori
iv) microbiome change in gestational diabetes
v) barriers to diagnosis in patients with colorectal cancer 
vi) the use of appropriate screening tools to determine health outcomes following surgery in the elderly.

About Me

Dr Chepulis has a background in nutrition and physiology, with an interest in the links between diet and chronic disease (including cancer and diabetes). She currently leads a program investigating the role of the microbiome in women with gestational diabetes, and project manages two HRC-funded studies to investigate the barriers to diagnosis in lung and colorectal cancer.


Biochemistry; Biology; Population Studies; Science

cancer research, sugar; nutrition; diabetes; disease; elderly

Recent Publications

  • Cassim, S., Chepulis, L., Keenan, R., Kidd, J., Firth, M., & Lawrenson, R. (2019). Patient and carer perceived barriers to early presentation and diagnosis of lung cancer: A systematic review 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1117 Public Health and Health Services 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis. BMC Cancer, 19(1). doi:10.1186/s12885-018-5169-9 Open Access version:

  • Chepulis, L., Mearns, G., Hill, S., Wu, J. H., Crino, M., Alderton, S., & Jenner, K. (2018). The nutritional content of supermarket beverages: a cross-sectional analysis of New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK – CORRIGENDUM. Public Health Nutrition, 1. doi:10.1017/S1368980018000794

  • Chepulis, L., Wu, J. H. Y., & Mearns, G. (2018). [Letter to the Editor] Sugar-sweetened beverages: still cause for concern in New Zealand and Australia. Public Health Nutrition, 1-3. doi:10.1017/S1368980018001593

  • Chepulis, L., Everson, N., Heapy, A., & Mearns, G. (2018). Added sugar and sodium levels in New Zealand processed fruit and vegetable-based products. Nutrition and Dietetics. doi:10.1111/1747-0080.12470

Find more research publications by Lynne Chepulis

Research Supervised


Malgorzata Hirsz (in progress). Symptoms and patient characteristics as criteria for diagnosis of colorectal cancer in primary and secondary care in New Zealand.

Wen Janice Lim (in progress). Stopping the progression towards type 2 diabetes: hypoglycaemic potential of antioxidant-rich plant extracts.


Ketel, Julian (2016). The biocidal activity of Manuka Cyclopower against strains of methicillin-resistant and sensitive Staphylococcus aureus in the anterior nostrils.

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Chepulis, Dr Lynne 4193 lynnec K.3.09 Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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