Kevin Stewart

Kevin Stewart

​Principal Academic Staff Member
Centre for Health and Social Practice


+64 7 834 8800 extension 8704


Physical Address:

D Block, Level 2, City Campus, Tristram St, Hamilton 3240


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Auckland, 2005
  • Master of Science, University of Melbourne, 1982
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Otago, 1978

Industry Experience, Affiliations and Achievements

  • Research collaboration with University of Auckland.
  • Member of the Physiological Society of NZ.

Areas of Expertise and Research

  • Treatment of hypertension using a sheep model.
  • Identification and assessment of signalling links between the gut and mammary metabolism in rats.
  • Investigation of pancreatic function and peptide changes that may be involved in the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus.

Research Activity

A study of the effects of pancreatic peptides on insulin release using an isolated rat perfusion model.

The establishment of an isolated rat lung perfusion model for studying the effects of conditions such as sepsis and diabetes on lung function.

Further studies using direct MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry to image peptide secretion from pancreatic islets.

Proteomic analysis to identify the effects of particular alpha cell peptides on secretion of insulin and other pancreatic hormones.

Working with a team to establish the Wintec Biomolecular Research Group that has equipment and capability to conduct research and offer services in molecular biology.

Select Publications

Whiting, L. & Stewart, K., and Hay, D. L., Harris, P.W., Choong, B., Phillips, A.R., Brimble, M.A., & Cooper, G. J. S. (2015). Glicentin-related pancreatic polypeptide inhibits glucose-stimulated insulin secretion from the isolated pancreas of adult male rats. Physiological Reports, 3(12).

Stewart, K., Phillips, A. R. J., Whiting, L., Jullig, M., Middleditch, M. J., & Cooper, G. J. S. (2011). A simple and rapid method for identifying and semi-quantifying peptide hormones in isolated pancreatic islets by direct-tissue matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 25(22), 3387-3395.

Stewart, K., Cooper, G. J. S., & Davis, S. R. (2009). Coordination of mammary metabolism and blood flow after refeeding in rats. Journal of Dairy Science, 92(4), 1543-1553.