Associate Professor Munish Puri

Deputy Director Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Health Sciences Building (4.23)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Associate Professor Puri is an established leader in the area of Industrial biotechnology. He obtained his PhD in India, and did his postdoctoral research at University of Oxford, UK. The major area of his research includes “microbial bioprocessing” where emphasis is laid upon developing technologies to produce and purify novel molecules such as proteins/ enzymes/ bioactives from variety of unexplored habitats such as marine, and waste agriculture resources. He has contributed towards research areas including: Bioprocessing for bioactive production, Nutraceutical extraction for human health and Nanobiotechnology approaches for bioenergy production. He has published 110 research papers (see SCOPUS, Researchgate, Google Scholar) in the leading International journals of the discipline "Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology". Over the years, he has supervised 20 students to PhD completion in the discipline of biotechnology. He is on the Editorial board of research journals such as Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Catalysts, ISRN Biotechnology, Marine Drugs and AIMS Energy.


Ph.D. Biotechnology

Honours, awards and grants

2015: Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), UK

2014: Visiting Professorship at National Keng Chung University and Ming Chi University of Technology, Taiwan.

2012:Scroll of honor for outstanding contribution to Industrial Bioprocessing (IFBiop, France).

2009: Victorian Premier Award, Melbourne, Australia

2004: University of New South Wales Australia- Asia Fellow, Australia

2002: University of Oxford, Commonwealth Fellow, UK

2001: BOYSCAST Fellow, DST, India

2000: Indian Academy of Sciences Teachers Fellow

Key responsibilities

He is serving as a Deputy Director CMBD to develop sustainable technologies through his expertise in “bioprocessing” that will make a difference to the communities we serve.

Research expertise
Industrial biotechnology
Medical biotechnology
Research interests
  • Bioprocessing for producing metabolites: It is defined as use of microorganism for producing and processing chemicals for the benefit of mankind. Various enzymes (Cellulase, lipase, proteases and rhamnosidase), polysaccahrides and metabolites (lipids, Omega-3 fatty acid and carotenoids) could be produced and tuned for carrying out biotransformation of processes.

  • Nutraceutical for human health (downstream processing): His group addresses enzyme assisted, cost-effective extraction of such bioactives since its considered green and environment friendly. His group has developed bench scale technologies for the extraction of plant based “bioactives” such as low molecular weight proteins (RIPs), low-calorie sugar substitutes (i.e inulin/ stevioside) and carotenoids (astaxanthin, squalene, and lycopene) from microbial sources. The use of such bioactives is advocated as nutraceuticals/food supplements for enhancing human health.

  • Nanobiotechnology for bioenergy: It helps in designing biocatalysts with excellent activity, greater selectivity, and high stability. The properties of enzymes can easily be tuned by tailoring the size, shape, and morphology of the particular nanomaterial. His group has developed nanomaterial based enzyme immobilization for variety of applications in food and biofuel processing industry. His group has recently optimised enzymatic saccharification of locally available lignocellulose biomass for biofuel production, a process most sought after in the biofuel industry.

Teaching interests

Introduction to Biotechnology

Downstream Processing

Protein Biotechnology

Professional skills in Biotechnology

Food Biotechnology

Topic lecturer
BTEC3005 Integrating Biotechnology
BTEC3003 Industrial and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
BTEC9006 Professional skills for Biotechnology
BTEC1001 Introduction to Biotechnology
Supervisory interests
Industrial biotechnology
Medical biotechnology
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Medical Biotechnology (1)
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