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Professor Enzo Palombo

Associate Dean Research


Received PhD from La Trobe University studying the genetics of bacterial conjugation and undertook post-doctoral training at the Royal Children's Hospital investigating the genetic epidemiology of gastroenteritis viruses, particularly rotavirus and astrovirus.

Research interests include food microbiology, identification of bio-active compounds from medicinal plants, fungi and biowaste, environmental microbiology, nanotechnology and virology.

Involved in teaching in the areas of microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM); served on Victorian Branch committee (1996-2014); elevated to Fellowship status (FASM) in 2020. Member of the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (ACEDD); appointed to the ACEDD Executive Committee in 2020.

Research interests

Microbiology, Infectious diseases, Food health and safety

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Bacteriology - 310701
  • Macromolecular And Materials Chemistry - 340300
  • Physical Chemistry - 340600


Also published as: Palombo, Enzo; Palombo, E.; Palombo, E. A.; Palombo, Enzo A.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Improving decontamination practices for needleless connectors: A bench to bedside approach to enhance patience safety *; Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control Ltd
  • 2024: INT1312 - Establishment of gene editing methods in Grain legumes *; Department of Environment, Energy, and Climate Action
  • 2024: Using non-thermally processed grape marc as a feed supplement in pig and poultry under stressful conditions *; CRC for Fight Food Waste
  • 2024: Wastewater treatment using a consortia of filamentous algae *; SOUTH AUSTRALIAN WATER CORPORATION
  • 2023: ARC Training Centre for Biofilm Research and Innovation *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2023: Beneficial algal-bacterial biofilms for sustainable wastewater treatment *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2023: Biofilm development and control in distribution systems *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2022: Dahlgren Decon Biological Decontamination Efficacy *; Defence Science and Technology Group - Post Doctoral
  • 2022: Far UV-C light - a new antimicrobial technology *; Vanguard Biocare Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Industry 4.0 Readiness Assessment Module B & C *; GANGI GERMICIDAL SYSTEMS PTY LTD FUND SCHEME
  • 2021: Assessing the capacity of microfiber cleaning cloths to remove microbial contaminants from surfaces *; Newell Brands - Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Automated UV-C disinfection of COVID-19, aka, COVID Killer *; Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • 2021: Capital Upgrade of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (Victoria Node) (ANFF) *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2021: Digital platform for tracking home COVID-19 test results *; GRETALS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
  • 2021: Electrochemical Disinfection of Water *; MicroHeat Technologies Pty Ltd
  • 2021: Optimising the parameters for efficient extraction of polyphenols from agricultural waste materials *; Viridi Innovations
  • 2021: The sySTEMs initiative: systems biology-augmented, stem cell-derived, multi-tissue panel for rapid screening of approved drugs as potential COVID-19 treatments *; Medical Research Future Fund for Research Activities
  • 2020: A novel approach for mobile identification and counting of microbial cells *; GRETALS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
  • 2020: A real-time miniaturised platform for detection of microorganisms and chemical residues in foods *; Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
  • 2020: Assessment of the bactericidal activity of LED lights for LIFX *; LIFI LABS MANAGEMENT PTY LTD
  • 2020: Effects of an Indigenous Plant Extract on Brain Function and Health *; GRETALS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
  • 2020: Exploring endophytes of traditional medicinal plants native to Australia: a potential source of novel bioactive compounds with medicinal, agricultural, and industrial applications. *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • 2020: Nutraceutical extraction from Australian wine industry waste *; CRC for Fight Food Waste
  • 2020: Water Disinfection using MicroHeat Technology *; MicroHeat Technologies Pty Ltd
  • 2019: Development of portable parasite identification and counting prototype system for farms *; Innovation Connections
  • 2019: Improving the Viridi process, and the extraction of new products from winery biomass waste *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2019: Locating the drug within the lipid nanoparticles using neutron scattering *; Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation
  • 2019: The development of nanoparticles for gene therapy of lung disease *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2019: The evaluation of ADBM and Natrocleanz for use as biological decontaminants *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2019: Water Disinfection Technique - Proof of Concept *; MicroHeat Technologies Pty Ltd
  • 2018: Advanced Biomass Processing *; Viridi Innovations
  • 2018: Improving the extraction and yield of commercially important compounds from winery biomass waste *; Innovation Connections
  • 2018: Salt effects on surfactant self-assembly *; Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation
  • 2017: Development of Omic-based applications to improve pathogen detection and viability assessment in aquatic environments *; Water Research Australia Limited
  • 2017: Review of Stormwater Quality Improvement Device Evaluation Protocol (SQIDEP) *; Water Research Australia Limited
  • 2017: Telescope Stage 2: Parasite Image Recognition, Filter enhancement, Visualisation of Design *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2016: Investigation of structure of solid lipid nanoparticles and their interaction with lipid membranes. *; Synchrotron Light Source Australia Pty Ltd
  • 2015: Characteristics, behaviour and toxigenic potential of bacterial dairy contaminants *; Dairy Food Safety Victoria
  • 2015: Encapsulation of hydrophobic capsaicin within yeast cells for oral delivery with reduced gastric irritation *; Melbourne-Sarawak Research Collaboration Scheme
  • 2015: Investigation of Clay Waste Material *; Hillview Sand Pty Ltd - Research Contract
  • 2015: Investigation of material from street sweeping recycling facility *; Citywide Services Solution - Research Contract
  • 2013: Investigating the use of metabolomics to identify biomarkers of milk fraud *; Dairy Food Safety Victoria
  • 2012: Anti-biofilm properties of an Eremophila longifolia stem ethanol extract *; Canopus BioPharma
  • 2012: Isolation of endophytic streptomycetes from Eremophila longifolia and identification of isolates with antibacterial activity *; Canopus BioPharma
  • 2012: Rapid identification of biomarkers associated with persistent Listeria monocytogenes isolates in food processing environments *; Victorian Department of Health
  • 2011: Determination of chemical comoposition and bioactive properties of orange juices *; National Foods
  • 2011: Identification of an endophytic actinomycete isolated from an Australian native plant *; Canopus BioPharma
  • 2011: Microbiological studies of milk and dairy products - raw milk *; Dairy Food Safety Victoria
  • 2011: Microbiological studies of milk and diary products - E.coli contaminats *; Dairy Food Safety Victoria
  • 2011: Source tracking of listeria monocytogenes contamination from a dairy processing environment using molecular typing methods *; National Foods
  • 2010: Assessing the anxiolytic effects of a proprietary magnolia and phosphatidylserine extract: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (Canopus BioPharma) *; Canopus BioPharma
  • 2010: Evaluating the effects of additives on the properties, quality, performance and biodegradability of polyethylene terephthalate bottles *; Visy
  • 2009: Development and biodegradability of chitin-based polymers and polymer blends based on non-food organic waste materials *; MM Foods Pty Ltd
  • 2008: Molecular analysis of the GSP and puroindoline genes, related to grain hardness and antimicrobial properties in cereals (GRDC scholarship) *; Grains Research & Development Corporation

* Chief Investigator