The head of research at agri-tech firm Devenish has joined Queen's University as entrepreneur in residence.
Dr Jean Kennedy was awarded the residency by The Royal Society.
The role will involve working within the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS).
The society's academic residency allows industrial scientists and entrepreneurs the opportunity to spend one day a week on a project in a university.
Dr Kennedy will develop a programme about 'adding value to food - from soil to society'. She said: "It is a true honour to be accepted into the EiR Scheme by the Royal Society.
"This will allow me, on behalf of Devenish, to carry out hugely valuable research into the vastly important area of One Health - From Soil to Society, alongside our partners at world-class global research institute, the IGFS at Queen's.
"Connections between academia and industry are crucial in helping solve some of the world's greatest challenges, such as how we can best trace and measure the authenticity of the food our growing population is consuming."