My research interests:
Industrial microbiology; fermentation; immobilized cells; production of bulk and fine chemicals; inocula; effluent treatment.

Examples of studies:

"The submerged aerobic culture of Fusarium sp. IMI397470 isolated in Sarawak, for the production of prolyl Oligopeptidase inhibitor. (Ng Lee Tze; PhD project). Article in the Swinburne University of Technology Annual Report for 2011.

Heterotrophic culture of Chlorella protothecoides for the production of lipids; Poster (Jennifer Ho; MSc project).

Development of hydrogel bead inocula of ectomycorrhizal and other fungi.

Production of penicillin using immobilized Penicillium chrysogenum (Angela Mordocco; 3rd Year BSc project).

Phase-separated production of penicllin using immobilized Penicillium chrysogenum (Julia Gorgovski; 3rd BSc project).

Batch mode degradation of phenol using immobilized Pseudomonas putida (Alyssa Hannaford; BSc Honours project).

Continuous degradation of phenol using immobilized Pseudomonas putida (Angela Mordocco; MSc project; co-supervisor, R. Jenkins).

Use of the pulse technique to study perturbations in continuous degradation of phenol using immobilized Pseudomonas putida.(Alison Oparcik; BTechMgt(Biotech) honours project).

The efficacy of Australian government funding of R&D in biotechnology in the attainment of a mature industry sector 
(Larissa Stirling; BTechMgt(Biotech) Honours project).


Xanthan production using starch hydrolysate (Jason Mula; BSc Honours Project).

Production of cellulolytic enzymes using immobilized anaerobic fungi isolated from ruminants (Bernadette Thomson; PhD project; co-supervisors, Drs. G. Gordon and M. Phillips, CSIRO Division of Animal Production).

Specific growth rate as control in production of metabolites in plant cell suspension culture (Julia Gorgovski, BSc Honours project in collaboration with the CRC for Bioproducts, Ryde). 

Submerged aerobic culture of white truffle mycelium (Tuber borchii) (Vasant Cheriachan; BTechMgt(Biotech) Honours project) in collaboration with 
Dr. Alessandra Zambonelli
The University of Bologna and “Progetto strategico Biotecnologia del funghi eduliectomicorrizici: dalle applicazioni agro-forestali a quelleagroalimentari”

Investigations into toxin titre of Clostridium perfringens using the pulse technique in continuous culture (collaboration with Fort Dodge Australia Pty. Ltd.; Dr. Mark Laurence).



Characteristics of a real university.

"The Real University - A Personal View"
A lecture given for university orientation day.

The view of the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee. Characteristics defined by act of parliament.

What is academic freedom? Here is one view, here is another and here is a definition by act of parliament. Ignorance of this key concept is not limited to those outside the university environment. Founded in 1915, the American Association of University Professors defends academic freedom and tenure, advocates collegial governance, and develops policies ensuring due process. A real university values academic freedom (Art. 1.2 UWA Code of Ethics). Intellectual independence (academic freedom) and the nature of universities.

Some differences between lecturers and teachers.

Is education a service and deliverable?

Universities are not the real world so why is there a push to subject them to market forces?

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