Current PhD Student
Physiology and Molecular Biology of Microalgae for the Biorefining of Valuable Metabolites (METALGAE).
- Isolation and culturing of freshwater and marine microalgae from western Ireland
- Screening for fatty acids and antioxidants
- Partial chemical characterisation of extracted fractions of interest
- Transcriptome analyses
- Photobioreactor construction for optimising growth performance and metabolite yields
Microalgae constitute a complex and diverse group of microorganisms, with over 50,000 different species inhabiting a variety of environments on Earth.
This rich and underexplored biological diversity makes microalgae an exciting source for the biorefining of a vast array of high added-value biochemical compounds with practical application for the animal feed, human nutrition supplement, cosmetic, biomedical, biofertilisation or biofuel sectors.