A/Professor Victoria Haritos

A/Professor Victoria Haritos

Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
Room 214, 18 Alliance Lane, Clayton Campus

Assoc. Prof. Victoria Haritos research brings together biology and engineering to address future manufacturing needs. She is interested in discovering and designing enzymes for specific and fast reactions as isolated bio-catalysts. In addition, she is researching the metabolic engineering and 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. Using bio-catalysts 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 bio-catalysts 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 Experience and Employment History:

2014-present 

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University, Australia

Associate Dean (Student Experience), Faculty of Engineering

1998-2014 Principal/Senior/Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), RMIT University

Research Interests

Victoria’s research interest are in the following areas, Enzyme discovery and design; metabolic engineering of yeast and bacteria; systems biology of cultured cells. Application areas: bio-catalysis; bio-processing; manufacturing; energy.

Research Projects

Current projects

ARC Research Hub for Processing Lignocellulosics into High Value Products

The Hub aims to convert renewable and readily-available biomass material and waste streams from the Australian Pulp, Paper and Forest Industry into new, high-value products that are in high demand in existing and developing markets. The Hub will leverage world-leading Australian and international research capabilities in chemistry, materials science, and engineering to create new materials, chemicals, companies and jobs in an emerging and newly diversified Australian bio-economy. Research will identify new applications and products derived from lignocellulose and will feed the pharmaceutical, chemicals, plastics and food packaging industries.

Seed bean hydration and by-product (blanch water) analysis: functional food product development

Contracted research to support a GRIP PhD student undertaking collaborative academic-industry research

Antioxidant enriched wine concept

Past projects

High throughput microbial microculture and single cell analysis facility

Integrated facility for high throughput microbial culture and single cell analysis: To address the emerging research area of microbial heterogeneity and variation in response to conditions, this project will establish a facility centred on a 24-microbioreactor system for high throughput microbial culturing. This will be connected to two complementary analysis techniques, flow cytometry and high resolution infra-red microscopy, for the  nondestructive measurement of metabolic activities and mapping of constituents of whole cells. Beyond determining variation in response between organisms, this Australian first-of-its kind facility would also guide cell line development and process optimisation for a wide range of biotechnology applications.

Research articles, papers & publications

See Victoria Haritos’s research contributions through published book chapters, articles, journal papers and in the media.

Supervision

Postgraduate

Cameron Hunt
Novel enzymes in the deconstruction of lignocellulosic biomass
2013 to 2018

Negin Amini
Biomass pre-treatment and separation for fuels and chemicals production
2014 to Present

Pradeep G C
Engineering robust enzyme nano-complexes for simultaneous capture and conversion of CO2 into sustainable fuel
2014 to 2018

Huadong Peng
Novel lipid accumulation and sequestration pathways in Saccharomyces cerevisae for production of fuels and chemicals feedstocks
2015 to Present

Teck Wei Ching
Material segregation phenomenon in spray dried particles
2013 to 2017

Jamie Joseph Castillo
Research proposal is currently in negotiation with partners of the Chemicals and Plastics Innovation
2015 to 2017

Craig David Osborne
Rational biocatalyst design and engineering for the activation of alkanes to higher value products
2015 to Present

Shaun Ang
New Functional Printed or Coated Materials Based on Cellulose Nanofibres
2016 to Present

Bhuvana Kamath Shanbhag
Bioremediation of Heavy metal effluent using diatom biofilms
2013 to 2016

Habtewold Deti Waktola
Olive Oil Fatty acid Profiling Using Multidimensional Gas Chromatography
2016 to Present

Melissa Mace
Cyclopropany fatty acids
2015 to 2017

Lavaraj Devkota
Legume processing
2017 to Present

Xue Ching Liu
Grape derived antioxidants
2018 to Present

Wei Jiang
Metabolic engineering for high value fatty acids
2018 to Present

Nguyen Ho
Yeast cell heterogeneity
2018 to Present

Teaching Commitments

  • CHE4180 - Chemical Engineering Project
  • CHE4171 - Biochemical Engineering
  • CHE5882 - Biomass and biorefineries
Last modified: 23/07/2018