Bio Engineering Laboratory (BEL)

Monash University


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Post author: Michael Danquah. Last update: 30/10/2015 at 3:01 pm by Michael Danquah.


Bio Engineering is a broad-based branch of Engineering that is concerned with the design and construction of unit processes that harness biological systems to produce biotechnology products. Bio Engineering is at the interface of medicine, the life sciences, physics, mathematics, chemistry, and engineering. It employs an integrative approach to solving biological, medical, energy and bioprocessing problems through systematic and quantitative methods. It encompasses the collection of ideas that capitalize on the manufacturing capabilities of cells to produce valuable biological molecules. The Bio Engineering Lab (BEL) works on cutting-edge research at the interface of engineering, biotechnology and medicine, enabling collaborations with other research institutes and industry within the exciting biotechnology environment of Melbourne.
Current research work in BEL include:

Health Related Research:

  • Nucleic acid and protein based therapeutics production and analysis
  • Antibody production, immobilization, orientation and immunoassay development
  • Drug and vaccine formulation and delivery via biodegradable micro/nano particles
  • Development and elucidation of the mechanism of action of anti-malarial drugs and vaccines
  • Optimization of fermentation schemes for the expression of biopharmaceuticals and recombinant proteins
  • Development of plant-made vaccines

Energy/Sustainability Related Research:

  • Bioprocess Engineering of cellular systems for the creation of renewable energy
  • Improving dewatering efficiency of cell culture for biomass production
  • Development of bioprocesses for the creation of bio-ethanol, bio-butanol and bio-diesel from microalgae biomass
  • Solvent extraction (SE) and supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) of lipids from microalgae biomass for bio-diesel production
  • Carbon dioxide capture and bioremediation of hypersaline water using microalgae
  • Metabolic engineering of cellular pathways for the production of fine chemicals

General Science & Engineering Research:

  • Microbial fermentation science and technology
  • Bioseparation media design and functionalisation
  • Biomolecular conjugation and interactions
  • Downstream processing and biomolecule purification
  • Affinity ligand design and characterization
  • BioMEMS for protein detection



Know how:Core Skills include:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Biochemical/Bioprocess Engineering
  • Chemistry/Physics
  • Polymer Science
  • Microbiology

Expertise:Availability of technical support:

Note that this material was imported form the Victorian Bioportal and content requires updating.


Bio Engineering Laboratory (BEL)

Monash University, Clayton Campus. Chemical Engineering Dept, Bdg 36, Wellington Rd, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.

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Type: Core facility in a research organisation
Discipline areas: Biological Science, Engineering Science
Precinct: South east
Affiliations: Monash University

Biological Science categories: Devices