Associate Professor Puri 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. The major area of his research includes “microbial cell manufacturing” where the emphasis is laid upon developing technologies to produce and purify novel molecules such as proteins/ enzymes/ bioactives from a variety of unexplored habitats such as marine, and waste agricultural resources. He has contributed to research areas including Bioprocessing for bioactive production (Omega-3 fatty acids, Lipases, and Carotenoids), Nutraceutical extraction for benefitting human health and Nanobiotechnology approaches for bioenergy production. He has published 140 research papers (see SCOPUS, Researchgate, and Google Scholar) in the leading international journals of the discipline "Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology". Over the years, he has supervised 20 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.
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
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.
Peer Reviewer for various Elsevier, Springer and Cell Press Journals
Grant Reviewer- Ministry of Science and Innovation (Europe, US and the Asian Countries)
Life Member of various Biotechnology Societies (International and National)
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