Emma Bermingham, Ph.D.


Senior Research Scientist



Panel discussion:

Cats are unique creatures: New nutrition research — Though a smaller part of the overall pet food market, cat food represents a growth segment globally, as more pet-loving consumers turn to cats as companions. Product development is starting to catch up, emphasizing that cats are not small dogs; they have their own unique nutritional and health needs. What does the latest research show? Topics and experts include:

  • Long-term effects of diet format on body weight, body composition and insulin sensitivity in the cat — Emma Bermingham, Ph.D., AgResearch
  • Holistic approach to measuring palatability in wet cat diets — Susan Jojola, Ph.D., and Punyatoya Mohapatra, Ph.D., AFB International
  • Potential benefits of supplementing dietary choline to cats — Alexandra Rankovic, University of Guelph


Emma Bermingham, Ph.D., obtained a bachelor’s degree animal science from Massey University and a Ph.D. from Massey University (based at AgResearch). She undertook several post-doctoral positions including at the Waltham Centre of Pet Nutrition. In 2007, she returned to AgResearch to investigate the effects of diet on intestinal health and in 2009 was appointed senior scientist, responsible for conducting commercial and applied nutritional research for companion animals. Research interests include the effects of diet on intestinal health for companion animals, focusing on intestinal microbiota.