A Brief History of Prominent Zonta Member:
Marlena Kruger, Club of Manawatu

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Professor Marlena Kruger is a member of the Zonta Club of Manawatu, District 16.

She is Professor of Nutritional Physiology and Director of Research for the College of Health at Massey University, New Zealand.

Dr Kruger spent time in Germany on a DAAD scholarship after her PhD which was awarded in
1986; she, was appointed as post-doctoral fellow in biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, USA in the same year. Marlena was later recruited to the Department of Physiology at the University of Pretoria, in 1991, to set up a bone research laboratory with the focus on fatty acids and bone health.

Marlena migrated to New Zealand to take up an appointment at Massey University in April 2000 where her role was to establish bone research in the University. She progressed at Massey University to Associate Professor in 2002, Director of the Division of Human Nutrition, and Member of the Executive Committee of the then Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health in 2005. She was also promoted to her current position as Chair in Nutritional Physiology in 2005. Marlena took on the role of Director of Research for the College of Health in 2013. Marlena now also chairs the Doctoral Research Committee at Massey. This committee is responsible for the governance and quality of the Massey PhD.

Marlena is internationally recognised for her research on the role of long chain fatty acids in the maintenance of bone health. Her current research focuses on nutrition and bone and joint health with an emphasis on dairy foods, lipids and polyphenols.

Marlena was a finalist in the inaugural Westpac Women of Influence Awards.