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Lavaraj completed his PhD from the department of Chemical engineering at Monash University in 2021 under the Food and Dairy graduate research industry partnership (GRIP) PhD program.  During his PhD years he worked alongside his industry partner (Simplot Australia Pty. Ltd.) in investigating the legume hydration and evaluating nutraceutical by-products during industrial legume processing.

Lavaraj also has a Masters degree in Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and a Bachelor of Dairy Technology degree from Purbanchal university, Nepal. Lavaraj brings his two years of dairy industry experience along with several years of multidisciplinary research expertise in electrochemical sensor development, food waste utilization, novel food processing technologies and functional foods.

Lavaraj likes to work at the interface between academia and industry and bring innovative ideas to life. At his current role, he works alongside Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) company in investigating plant protein from underutlized Australian legumes.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Chemical Engineering, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

… → 2021

Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology, M.Sc., Asian Institute of Technology

… → 2016

Food and Dairy Technology, B.Tech., Purbanchal University

… → 2012

Research area keywords

  • Plant Proteins
  • Food Engineering
  • Legume Processing
  • Food Waste Utilization
  • Bioprocessing
  • Novel Food Processing Technologies


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