Harini Venkataraman is an analyst on the Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health team at Lux Research, based in Amsterdam. In this role, she monitors emerging technologies and evaluates innovation opportunities related to several topics of food and nutrition, such as novel ingredients, sugar reduction, alternative proteins, food safety, personalized nutrition, and the microbiome.
Before joining Lux, Harini worked as a senior associate scientist at DSM Food Specialties, The Netherlands focusing on R&D activities related to brewing enzymes, food processing enzymes, and nutraceuticals. She also has experience working on projects related to regulatory affairs and toxicology. Harini holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Vrije University, Amsterdam specializing on engineering bacterial enzymes for food, flavor, and pharma applications. She has authored multiple publications in peer reviewed journals as well as established successful academic and industrial collaborations.