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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Ramana Sundara

Ramana Sundara is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Agri-food Technology based at the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology. He has been actively involved in food research for over 25 years. His early research work at the Defence Food Research Laboratory (India) was to develop quick cooking and survival rations for Armed Forces. He then worked at the Federal Research Centre for Nutrition, Karlsruhe (Germany) as an Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral Research Fellow, before joining Nestlé Research Centre, Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1995.  Before joining the University of Lincoln, he was a Group Leader for Confectionery at Nestlé Product Technology Centre, York (Nestle PTC), responsible for developing and launching new products in various countries. Subsequently, he led the External Research Collaborations portfolio at Nestle PTC including the supervision of PhD studentships. He secured £1.5m funding from BBSRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK and successfully managed multi-disciplinary projects. He has authored over 50 scientific papers and 6 patents, with an emphasis on chemistry and processing technology of fruits / vegetables, dairy and chocolate products.

Department Responsibilities

Develop and lead new Master’s programme in Agri-Food Technology

Subject Specialism

Agriculture and Food Technology. Management of multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects, with a specific focus on adding value to every stakeholder involved in agri-food supply chain.


  • PGCE — University of Huddersfield, 2014
  • MA (Management) — University of York, 2004
  • PhD (Food Science) — University of Nottingham, 1992
  • MSc (Food Technology) — Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore (India), 1981
  • BSc (Agriculture) — A.P. Agricultural University, Hyderabad (India), 1979


  • National Speech Championship (Public Speaking) — Association of Speakers Clubs (UK),
  • International Meat Secretariat Prize — The International Meat Secretariat (Dublin),
  • Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral Fellow — Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung,
  • Young Scientist Award — Society of Chemistry and Industry,
  • Lord Belper Award — University of Nottingham,
  • Commonwealth Scholarship — Association of Commonwealth Universities,
  • N.N. Mohan Memorial Award — Indian Food Packer,


Volunteering – British Heart Foundation, National Trust, North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Committee Voluntary Teaching – Askham Bryan College, York Vice President of Eastern District – Association of Speakers Clubs (UK) Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, North and West Yorkshire: Lay Magistrate Member

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Research Groups Memberships

  • Agri-Food Technology

Research Projects

  • R-Leaf — awarded £100000 by Innovate UK in 2017
  • Industrial CASE Partnerships — awarded £570000 by BBSRC in 2015
  • Sustainable Approaches to Improve Soft Wheat Grain Quality — awarded £554000 by Innovate UK in 2015
  • High Efficiency Crystallizer for Chocolate Tempering — awarded £487000 by Innovate UK in 2012
  • Valorisation of by-product streams from cereal industries — awarded £407000 by Innovate UK in 2012

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Chartered Scientist — Institute of Food Science & Technology (UK)
  • Fellow — Institute of Food Science & Technology (UK)
  • Fellow — The Higher Education Academy