Professor Robert Speight

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Faculty of Science,
School of Biology & Environmental Science

Personal details


Head of School, Biology and Environmental Science
Faculty of Science,
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Professor (Microbial Biotechnology)
Faculty of Science,
School of Biology & Environmental Science


Enzyme engineering and optimisation, Protein production, Microbial Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Synthetic Biology


Industrial Biotechnology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Microbiology

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • PhD (University of Cambridge)
  • Chemistry (Imperial College, London)

Professional memberships and associations

  • Vice President - Synthetic Biology Australasia


Study Area Coordinator: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Process) Teaching:

  • Applications in Biotechnology (BVB328)
  • Microbiology and the Environment (BVB305)
  • Forensic Biology and Analytical Toxicology (CVB225)

Research project supervision:

  • Integrative Biology (BVB304)
  • Honours
  • MPhil
  • PhD



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Research projects


Current supervisions

  • Multistep Continuous Biocatalytic Cascades
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
  • Development of a novel biocatalytic process for the production of codeine fromthebaine
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
  • Multi-Criteria Tool to Support Decision-Making for Waste Processing Technologies in the Red Meat Industry
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
  • Investigating novel animal feed additives for improving gut health
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
  • Engineering RNA-based metabolite sensors for directed evolution of microorganisms
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
  • Understanding the relationship between sequence and substrate specificity for proteases with keratin hydrolysis activity: bioinformatics and biochemical characterisation
    PhD, Principal Supervisor