Assoc Professor Victoria HaritosChemical Engineering
Broadly my research brings together biology and engineering to address future manufacturing needs. I am interested in discovering and designing enzymes for specific and fast reactions as isolated biocatalysts. In addition, I'm researching the systems biology of cells in culture - the underlying reasons behind their heterogeneity and how this can be modified - using our recently installed high throughput culture and single cell analysis facility.
“Engineering is a wonderful mixture of fundamental questions and practical outcomes. You can really ask the most basic questions of anything in the natural world”.
"I use biocatalysts at different scales; the simplest scale being the isolated enzyme to the most complex such as a self-replicating cell. Each approach has their benefits and disadvantages. The cheapest and easiest to implement is an isolated biocatalysts but these have limited capacity for product formation and 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."
Research interests: Enzyme discovery and design; metabolic engineering of yeast and bacteria; systems biology of cultured cells.