Lukas Gerstweiler

Lukas Gerstweiler

School of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

My research focuses on efficient and cost effective production of biotherapeutics such as virus-like particle vaccines and alternative proteins for the food industries.


In particular I am interested in improving the purification (downstream processing) using chromatographic techniques. The main areas I am looking at is the transition from batch to continuous manufacturing using periodic counter current chromatography, in-silico mechanistic modelling of chromatographic systems and higher automation using AI and model driven decision making. 

I am also developing platform approaches for low-cost virus-like particle vaccines and other protein nanoparticles.

If you are interested or have trouble in purifying proteins or want to know if continuous manufacturing is an option for you reach out to me.




  • MRFF - Develop enabling technologies for manufacture of precision mRNA vaccines
  • Pore-Size Adjustable Porous Materials for Purification Purposes


  • University Research Small Equipment Support Scheme 
  • Healthy Societies FAME Strategy Internal Grant
  • Mechanistic modelling for lactoferrin (LF) from bovine milk


CHEM ENG 7065 - Batch and Continuous Biomanufacturing

CHEM ENG 7062 - Downstream Bioprocessing

CHEM ENG 4074 - Brewery Engineering

CHEM ENG 7063 – Good Manufacturing Practice

CHEM ENG 4036 – Pharmaceutical Process Validation

BIOTECH 3000 - Biotechnology Practice III

CHEM ENG 4056 Process Design IV

CHEM ENG 4014 Plant Design

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor Whole Organism Analytics using Free-Living Nematodes - Astropharmacy Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Miss Laura Jasmine Beckett
    2022 Co-Supervisor Development of mRNA loaded Lipid Nanoparticles for CAR T Cell Therapy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Minh Trang Ho
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 - 2023 Principal Supervisor Stability Study of Engineered Ferritin Nano-vaccines by Combined Molecular simulation and Experiments Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Yang Yang
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2023 - ongoing Member IChemE Australia
    2023 - ongoing Member IMNIS catalyst Australia
    2020 - ongoing Treasurer Adelaide University Waterski Club Australia

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