About Me

Miftahul Ilmi
Assistant Professor in Microbiology
Faculty of Biology | Universitas Gadjah Mada | Jl. Teknika Selatan, Sekip Utara Yogyakarta, 55281
Educational Background
Universitas Indonesia
1999 - 2004
Bachelor of Science in Biology

Thesis: Activity Test of Mycocin Anti-Candida albicans (Robin) Berkhout UICC-Y29 from Halotolerant Yeast Isolates  

Universitas Indonesia
2005 - 2007
Master of Science in Microbiology

Thesis: Isolation and Characterization of Chitinolytic Enzyme from Shrimp Processing Waste Bacteria

University of Groningen
2011 - 2017
Doctor in Biochemical Engineering

Thesis: Enzymatic Biodiesel Synthesis using Novel Process Intensification Principles

Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada
2007 - present
Faculty member
Journal of Tropical Biodiversity and Biotechnology
2017 - present
Research Interests

Industrial microbiology, microbial enzymology, fermentation processes, biorefinery, mycology

Research Projects
Evaluation of mung bean sprout extract as a fungal growth medium
Independent funding

Extract of mung bean sprout has been used in laboratories in Indonesia as an inexpensive alternative to growth medium for fungi. The extract is assumed ]able to give a same fungal growth profile as the commercial medium, such as Potato Dextrose Medium and Malt Extract medium. But there has been no empirical evidence of the assumption. The project aims to compare the growth of yeasts and moulds in the medium of mung bean sprouts and commercial mediums. The resulting data provide information about the suitability of the extract as an alternative medium of fungi growth.

Bio-prospecting of yeasts from flower nectar and honey
Independent funding

Flower nectar and nectar is an environment that contains high sugar making it a suitable habitat for osmophilic yeasts. These yeasts are less studied in Indonesia, hence this project aims to study the diversity and potential of these yeasts.

Optimization of lipid production from Indonesian oleaginous yeast
Funding from BPPTNbh Faculty of Biology UGM

Oleaginous yeasts has a potential application in feedstock production in biodiesel industry. Several oleaginous yeasts have been isolated from Indonesia, however their lipid production has not been studied. This project aims to optimize the yeasts lipid production medium as part of optimization effort to obtain a high lipid production.


M. Ilmi, M. Y. Abduh, A. Hommes, J.G.M. Winkelman, C. Hidayat, H.J. Heeres. 2018. Process intensification of enzymatic fatty acid butyl ester synthesis using a continuous centrifugal contactor separator. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 57(2), 470–482. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.7b03297

M. IlmiA. Kloekhorst, J.G.M. Winkelman, G.J.W. Euverink, C. Hidayat, H.J. Heeres. 2017. Process intensification of catalytic liquid-liquid solid processes: Continuous biodiesel production using an immobilized lipase in a centrifugal contactor separator. Chemical Engineering Journal 321, 76-85. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2017.03.070

M. Ilmi, C. Hidayat, P. Hastuti, H.J. Heeres, M.J.E.C. van der Maarel. 2017. Utilisation of Jatropha press cake as substrate in biomass and lipase production from Aspergillus niger 65I6 and Rhizomucor miehei CBS 360.62. Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology 9, 103-107. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bcab.2016.12.004

M. Ilmi, A. Hommes, J.G.M. Winkelman, C. Hidayat, H.J. Heeres. 2016. Kinetic studies on the transesterification of sunflower oil with 1-butanol catalyzed by Rhizomucor miehei lipase in a biphasic aqueous-organic system. Biochemical Engineering Journal 114, 110-118. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bej.2016.06.026

E. Chasanah, M. Ali, M. Ilmi. 2012. Identification and partial characterization of crude extracellular enzymes from bacteria isolated from shrimp waste processing. Squalen 7(1), 11-18. https://doi.org/10.15578/squalen.v7i1.11

E. Chasanah, M. Ilmi, W. Mangunwardoyo. 2009. Penapisan bekteri kitinolitik dari  limbah pengolahan udang. Jurnal Pascapanen dan Bioteknologi Kelautan dan Perikanan 4(1), 59-68. https://doi.org/10.15578/jpbkp.v4i1.437