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Professor Enzo Palombo

Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology


Received PhD from La Trobe University studying the genetics of bacterial conjugation. Spent 10 years 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 and fungi, environmental microbiology, bio-polymers and virology. Involved in teaching in the areas of microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry and molecular biology. Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology; served on Victorian Branch committee (1996-2014). Member of Dairy Industry Association of Australia. Member of AusBiotech.

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

  • Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural) - 030600
  • Bacteriology - 060501


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

  • 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 *; All Farm Animal Health Trust FS
  • 2016: Innovative Livestock feeds incorporating antimicrobial natural products *; GRETALS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
  • 2016: Development of 'Telescope' technology *; GRETALS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
  • 2016: Development of bacteriophages as therapeutic agents in veterinary and aquaculture applications *; GRETALS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
  • 2016: Investigation of a sand bi-product to improve moisture and nutrient retention in sandy soils *; Hillview Sand Pty Ltd - Research Contract
  • 2016: Investigation of structure of solid lipid nanoparticles and their interaction with lipid membranes. *; Synchrotron Light Source Australia Pty Ltd
  • 2016: Rapid winery biomass waste processing - commercialisation qualification *; Innovation Connections
  • 2015: Encapsulation of hydrophobic capsaicin within yeast cells for oral delivery with reduced gastric irritation *; Melbourne-Sarawak Research Collaboration Scheme
  • 2015: Characteristics, behaviour and toxigenic potential of bacterial dairy contaminants *; Dairy Food Safety Victoria
  • 2015: Investigation of material from street sweeping recycling facility *; Citywide Services Solution - Research Contract
  • 2014: Rapid detection of meat pathogens using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and metabolics *; Australian Meat Processor Corporation
  • 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

* Chief Investigator