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Dr Maureen Wakefield

Last updated: 11 November 2022

Dr Maureen Wakefield is the lead scientist for applied entomology at Fera Science Ltd with other 35 years’ experience. Dr Wakefield has a first-class degree in biology with biochemistry and a PhD from Newcastle University. Currently her research focuses on the use of insects as foods, feed and for other high value products, novel invertebrate control methods and integrated pest management. Dr Wakefield is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a Chartered Biologist.

She has led research in obtaining high value products, such as protein, for use in animal feeds, from insects reared on organic waste.  Collaborative projects both national and international, have examined use of insects as a protein source for animal feed, the quality and safety of insect products, life cycle analysis and consumer perception and acceptance. Dr Wakefield also has expertise in the use of insects for food.

Dr Wakefield joined the ACNFP in May 2019.

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Personal Interests

Category of Interest

Organisation / Body and Nature of Interest 

Direct employment

Fera Science Ltd (80%)

Newcastle University (20%)

Non-personal Interests