Dr Lynne Chepulis

Lynne Chepulis

Senior Research Fellow, Medical Research Centre

Qualifications: BSc, MSc, Mphil, PhD

About Lynne

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 number of studies in diabetes epidemiology, including screening for gestational diabetes, and diabetes in primary care. In addition she runs a program  that investigates 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.

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


Brittany Ryan (2019)  Evaluating the effectiveness of  an Education Group Intervention on the psychological wellbeing of breast cancer patients

Varun Varak (2019) Comparison of carbohydrate loading vs insulin adjustment in patients with Type 1 diabetes during exercise.

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) microvascular complications in Type 1 diabetes
iv) ethnic disparity in screening for diabetes in pregnancy 
v) the role of primary care in the effective management of Type 2 diabetes, including factors that contribute to medication compliance and quality of care 
vi) barriers to diagnosis and the effect of co-morbidities in patients with colorectal cancer 
vi) Management of diabetes in primary care

Recent Publications

  • Chepulis, L., Everson, N., Ndanuko, R., & Mearns, G. (2019). The nutritional content of children's breakfast cereals: A cross-sectional analysis of New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Canada and the USA. Public Health Nutrition. doi:10.1017/S1368980019003537

  • Chepulis, L., Ryan, B., Blackmore, T., Burrett, V., McCleery, J., & Lawrenson, R. (2019). Characteristics of lung cancer patients receiving psychosocial support in urban New Zealand. Psycho-Oncology, 28(7), 1588-1590. doi:10.1002/pon.5137

  • Mayo, M., Chepulis, L., & Paul, R. G. (2019). Glycemic-aware metrics and oversampling techniques for predicting blood glucose levels using machine learning. PLOS ONE, 14(12), e0225613. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0225613

  • 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:

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Biochemistry; Biology; Population Studies; Science

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

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Chepulis, Dr Lynne 4193 lynnec K.3.09 Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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