Victoria Haritos

Assoc Professor

  • 18 Alliance Lane, 36

    3800 Clayton


1993 …2024

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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 for use in vitro and in vivo. Also I research the metabolic and systems biology of yeast and bacterial cells in culture, examining the exometabolome and recombinant production of proteins 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 through to cascade/tandem reaction systems. At the other extreme, whole cells have complex biochemical pathways to consider and require approaches like synthetic biology to streamline and improve production of selected metabolites.

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

For more information go to my group site at

Research interests

Enzyme discovery and design; synthetic biology of yeast and bacteria for bioproduction; food byproduct valorisation


Application areas: biocatalysis; bioprocessing; fermentation

Monash teaching commitment

  • CHE5322 Advanced Biochemical Technology
  • CHE5321 Advanced Bioprocess Engineering
  • ENG4701 and ENG4702 Research Project

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research area keywords

  • Enzymes
  • cell heterogeneity
  • Biocatalysis
  • synthetic biology
  • Protein engineering
  • Food byproduct

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