Victoria Haritos

Assoc Professor

  • 18 Alliance Lane, 36

    3800 Clayton


Accepting PhD Students

1993 …2020

Research output per year

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Personal profile


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.

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
  • CHE5882 Biomass and biorefineries

Supervision interests

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

Research area keywords

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

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Research Output

Cellulose nanofiber diameter distributions from microscopy image analysis: effect of measurement statistics and operator

Ang, S., Narayanan, J. R., Kargupta, W., Haritos, V. & Batchelor, W., 28 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Cellulose. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cellulose nanofibers from recycled and virgin wood pulp: a comparative study of fiber development

Ang, S., Haritos, V. & Batchelor, W., 15 Apr 2020, In : Carbohydrate Polymers. 234, 9 p., 115900.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Tax law, policy and energy justice: Re-thinking biofuels investment and research in Australia

Kraal, D., Haritos, V. & Cantley-Smith, R., 2020, In : Australian Tax Forum. 35, 1, p. 31-58 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Beneath the surface: evolution of methane activity in the bacterial multicomponent monooxygenases

Osborne, C. D. & Haritos, V. S., 1 Oct 2019, In : Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 139, 12 p., 106527.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Effect of refining and homogenization on nanocellulose fiber development, sheet strength and energy consumption

Ang, S., Haritos, V. & Batchelor, W., 1 May 2019, In : Cellulose. 26, 8, p. 4767-4786 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


Finalist for Ichem Biotechnology global awards 2016

He, Lizhong (Recipient), Bhuvana Shanbhag (Recipient) & Haritos, Victoria (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Press / Media

Article featured online on Advances in Engineering ( )

Lizhong He, Bhuvana Shanbhag & Victoria Haritos


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research