Putu Virgina Partha Devanthi, Ph.D. earned both her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and master’s degree in Biotechnology from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) through an accelerated program. This program was funded by The Indonesian Ministry of Education Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI). In 2014, she was awarded Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education scholarship to pursue her doctoral degree in School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Her research was focusing on compartmentalization of multiple microbial species in water-in-oil-in-water double emulsion, for controlling microbial interactions during soy sauce fermentation process, which involved multidisciplinary approach.
Her approach was shown to improve microbial performance during fermentation, thus enhancing the formation of flavor and aroma compounds. She presented her PhD work at many international conferences and published several research articles in international journals. She has received three times during her doctoral study, grants from the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM), UK to attend and present her work in Dublin, Edinburgh, and Scotland. By being part of the school, she has also benefited from being exposed to a number of different industries and cultural environments. Putu Virgina is interested in the utilization of immobilized/encapsulated microbial cell system for the production of food and food ingredients.