Associate Professor Munish Puri

Associate Professor

College of Medicine and Public Health

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

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.


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

Downstream Processing

Protein Biotechnology

Food 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)
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