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Victoria University of Technology

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Victoria University has significant expertise in researching issues of importance, and in working with a range of government, industry and community groups across several key areas. These include: managing social diversity for the wellbeing of the community; integrated food value chain; medical biotechnology; health and the environment; physical activity; rehabilitation and health; globalisation; tourism and services management. In addition, the University supports a number of designated and potential Research Centres that undertake focussed research activities and have achieved significant external support from industry and Government.

Key Research Areas relevant to the field of non-medical biotechnology include

Centre for Bio-processing and Food Technology: Activities include biotechnology, including molecular biology and fermentation technology, food technology and environmental biotechnology.

Australian Food Marketing Centre: Activities include research and consultancies into the development of new food products and the market assessment for existing food products.

Centre for Packaging, Transportation and Storage: Areas of major research include bruise modelling of agricultural products in packaging systems during distribution; commercial solar grain cooling system; corrugated packaging for produce under modified atmosphere; dynamics of bulk carriers; effect of dynamic behaviour on fatigue of small closed containers for liquids. The Centre is also a core participant in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for International Food Manufacture and Packaging Science.

Other designated Key Research Areas include Integrated Food Value Chain. Potential Key Research includes Medical Biotechnology, Health and the Environment.

 

Centre for Bioprocessing and Food Technology
http://research.vu.edu.au/bioproce.htm

Effects of phytoestrogen enriched yogurt containing probiotic bacteria on the lipid profile, bone turnover markers and sex steroid hormones
Chief Researchers: Shah Assoc Prof N, Stojanovska Assoc Prof L
Sponsor: Sanatarium
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: SOY PHYTOESTROGEN METABOLIC FATE
Research Fields Classification: 270300 Microbiology
270301 Bacteriology


Molecular investigations of genes encoding heavy metal ion resistance or transport in lead-resistant bacteria
Chief Researcher: Bhave Dr M
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: HEAVY METAL--RESISTANCE
Research Field Classification: 270201 Gene Expression


The molecular genetics of stress responses in yeasts used in brewing processes
Chief Researchers: Chambers Dr P, Stanley Dr G
Sponsor: Carlton & United Breweries
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: YEASTS--STRESS RESPONSES
Research Field Classification: 270201 Gene Expression

 

Faculty of Engineering and Science
School of Life Sciences and Technology
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Use of biotechnology for forensic science investigations (genetic variations)
Chief Researcher: Lauder K
Supervisors: Baindur-Hudson S; van Oorschot R (Victorian Forensic Science Centre)
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: MOLECULAR GENETICS; FORENSICS; PHENOTYPE
Research Fields Classification: 270201 Gene Expression
270202 Genome Structure
270205 Genetic Development (incl. Sex Determination)
270203 Population and Ecological Genetics


Applications of biotechnology in determination of biodiversity and conservation of endangered species
Chief Researcher: Gemmell C
Supervisors: Baindur-Hudson S; James E A (Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne)
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: BIODIVERSITY; ENDANGERED SPECIES
Research Fields Classification: 270708 Conservation and Biodiversity
270203 Population and Ecological Genetics
270202 Genome Structure


Molecular control of starch composition in wheat
Chief Researcher: Fairclough Prof R
Duration: One-three years
Descriptors: REGULATION; STARCH SYNTHESIS
Research Fields Classification: 300203 Plant Improvement (Selection, Breeding and Genetic Engineering)
270803 Transgenesis
270299 Genetics nec


Bacterial genes encoding heavy metal resistance
Chief Researcher: Bhave Dr M
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: MOLECULAR BIOLOGY; GENETICS; RESISTANCE
Research Fields Classification: 270200 Genetics
270800 Biotechnology


Genes involved in determining wheat grain quality
Chief Researcher: Bhave Dr M
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, GENETICS; WHEAT; QUALITY
Research Fields Classification: 270200 Genetics
270800 Biotechnology
290100 Industrial Biotechnology and Food Sciences

 


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