Associate Professor Munish Puri

Associate Professor

College of Medicine and Public Health

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

Professor Puri FRSC is an established leader in the area of bioprocessing (industrial biotechnology). He obtained his Ph.D. in India and did his postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford, UK. He leads a research team that uses bioprocessing (microbial) to address global challenges in sustainability, food security, and human well-being. His lab has four major programs: a) metabolite production through "microbial cell manufacturing" for producing therapeutic proteins, enzymes, and lipids, b) food biotechnology for nutraceutical extraction, functional foods, and novel foods development relating to Omega 3 fatty acids, c) nanotechnology for enhancing thermostability of enzymes and bioactive with applications for health products and d) health substantiation by validation of bioactives functionality. He has published 140+ research papers (see SCOPUS, Researchgate, and Google Scholar) in the leading international journals of the discipline "Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology". Collectively, his research has led to a high number of highly cited publications. Over the years, he has supervised 21 students to Ph.D. completion in the discipline of biotechnology. He is on the Editorial board of research journals such as Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Catalysts, Marine Drugs, and Journal of Carbohydrate Polymer Technology.


Ph.D. Biotechnology

Honours, awards and grants

2022-23: Industry Funding for developing plant-based meats

2022-24: CRC-P funding on Advanced lipid fermentation for local manufacture of future foods

2021: Industry Funding for developing Sustainable oils rich in PUFAs, Nourish Australia

2020: Industry Partnership Seed Grant, Flinders University

2019: Industry funding for developing single-cell oil-enriched biomass for aquafeeds

2018-219: Industry Funding for developing sustainable oils rich in SFA, Singapore

2015, 2016: Cross-College Funding Award, Deakin University

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

Key responsibilities

He is serving as a Theme lead of "Health and Nutrition" and "Food security" in the Medical Biotechnology discipline. He directs research that leads to the development of sustainable technologies through his expertise in “bioprocessing”. He is acting as the Program Coordinator for the Master in Biotechnology course.

Teaching interests

My teaching is student-centered, interactive, and engaging. I update my teaching and learning approach based on student feedback, the latest teaching practices, peer discussion as well as self-reflection. I am passionate about popularising biotechnology with an emphasis on Protein and Medical Biotechnology, Food Biotechnology, Marine Biotechnology, and Nutritional Biotechnology. 

Topic coordinator
BTEC8004 BioBusiness
BTEC9100A Biotechnology Research Projects A
BTEC9100B Biotechnology Research Projects
BTEC8008 Food Bioprocessing
Topic lecturer
BTEC3005 Integrating Biotechnology
BTEC3003 Industrial and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Supervisory interests
Industrial biotechnology
Medical biotechnology
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Bioprocessing (2)
Associate supervisor: Medical Biotechnology (1)
Expert for media contact
Energy - Renewable
Fermentation technology
Microbial manufacturing
Single cell oil
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  • Biotechnology
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  • Fermentation technology
  • Microbial manufacturing
  • Single cell oil