Victoria Haritos

Assoc Professor

  • 18 Alliance Lane, 36

    3800 Clayton


1993 …2021

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Broadly my research brings together biology and engineering to address sustainable manufacturing.

I am interested in discovering and designing enzymes for specific and fast reactions and applied as biocatalysts. Also I research the metabolic and systems biology of yeast and bacterial cells in culture, examining the production of lipids and alcohols and investigating heterogeneity among cells using our high throughput culture and single cell analysis facility.

I use biocatalysts at different scales; the simplest scale being the isolated enzyme to the most complex such as a self-replicating cell. The easiest to implement is an isolated enzymes (biocatalysts) for application in cellulose and food processing. At the other extreme, whole cells have complex biochemical pathways to consider and require approaches like metabolic engineering or synthetic biology to streamline and improve production of selected metabolites.

Also, I have an active research program in food processing with particular interest in polyphenol antioxidants, dietary fibres and valorising food byproducts.

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Research interests

Enzyme discovery and design; metabolic engineering of yeast and bacteria; systems biology of cultured cells; food byproduct valorisation


Application areas: biocatalysis; bioprocessing; energy

Monash teaching commitment

  • CHE1010 Grand Challenges in Chemical Engineering: delivering sustainable water, food and energy
  • CHE4180 Research project
  • CHE4171 Biochemical engineering
  • NEW Masters of Engineering /Biological Engineering specialisation starting semester 2 2021

Supervision interests

Final year (CHE4180) students; PhD students interested in these research areas are welcome to apply

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research area keywords

  • Enzymes
  • metabolic engineering
  • cell heterogeneity
  • Lipid metabolism
  • synthetic biology
  • Protein engineering
  • Food byproduct


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