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Professor Blanchard completed a BAppSc degree at Charles Sturt University (CSU) before undertaking a PhD in molecular biology based at CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra.

Prof. Blanchard worked as a molecular biologist at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Lausanne, Switzerland and as a protein biochemist at the CSIRO Grain Quality Research Laboratory prior to joining CSU in 1998. Professor Blanchard is an academic within the School of Biomedical Sciences and a Pathway Leader within the Graham Centre. He is also the Director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Functional Grains (Functional Grains Centre).

Research Interests

Professor Blanchard's research interests related to grain quality and investigating ways to improve the value of grain. He currently leads research projects in the following areas:

-       Pulse Market intelligence (GRDC)

-       New GI screening methods for rice (RIRDC)

-       Improving pulse profitability in Pakistan (ACIAR)

-       New opportunities for Sorghum (GRDC)

-       ARC ITTC for Functional Grains (ARC)


Professor Blanchard is actively involved in the supervision of postgraduate students in the area of grain quality.

External positions

Non Executive Director, Grains Research and Development Corporation

01 Oct 2017 → …

Panel Member, Grains Research and Development Corporation

01 Oct 200930 Sep 2015

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Research Output 1995 2020

Citrate esterification of debranched waxy maize starch: Structural, physicochemical and amylolysis properties

Liu, Y., Liu, J., Kong, J., Wang, R., Liu, M., Strappe, P., Blanchard, C. & Zhou, Z., 24 Jan 2020, In : Food Hydrocolloids. 104, 105704.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

waxy corn
corn starch
Open Access
diabetes mellitus
gene expression
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Phenolic compounds with antioxidant properties from canola meal extracts inhibit adipogenesis

Hussain, S., Rehman, A. U., Luckett, D., Blanchard, C., Obied, H. & Strappe, P., 2020, In : International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 21, 1, p. 1-17 17 p., ijms21010001.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Polyphenols: Modulators of platelet function and platelet microparticle generation?

Ed Nignpense, B., Chinkwo, K., Blanchard, C. & Santhakumar, A., 2020, In : International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 21, 1, p. 1-19 19 p., 146.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access

A High-Throughput In Vitro Assay for Screening Rice Starch Digestibility

Toutounji, M. R., Butardo, V. M., Zou, W., Farahnaky, A., Pallas, L., Oli, P. & Blanchard, C. L., 21 Nov 2019, In : Foods. 8, 12

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

rice starch
agricultural product

Press / Media

Unlocking the potential of the lentil

Christopher Blanchard


1 Media contribution

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Pulse product innovation

Stephen Cork, Christopher Blanchard, Asgar Farahnaky & Andrew Mawson


1 Media contribution

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Pasta on the pulse

Neeta Karve, Saira Hussain & Christopher Blanchard


1 Media contribution

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Search for healthy answers in canola meal

Saira Hussain, Padraig Strappe & Christopher Blanchard


1 Media contribution

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