Martina Angeleri, PhD student, University of Turku, Finland
In my PhD I´m studying how reversible phosphorylation is affecting the photosynthetic machinery, as well as effect of non-coding RNA on expression of proteins involved in photosynthesis, using Synechocystis 6803 as model cyanobacteria. This information will be used to generate a new strain with enhanced properties for biofactory application.
Anthony Riseley, PhD student, University of Cambridge, UK
I am interested in establishing 'proof of concept' consortiums which will aid in providing renewable sources of fixed nitrogen for microalgae. In addition to applied research, I am also interested in understanding the fundamental genetics of a symbiosis between Lobomonas rostrata and Mesorhizobium loti.
Ulrich Johan Kudahl, PhD student, University of Cambridge, UK
I study communities of photosynthetic organisms and bacteria where the members of the community exchanges metabolites such as Vitamin B12 and fixed carbon. I explore the nature of these communities using computational tools such comparative genomics to identify important genes and metabolic modeling to simulate exchange of metabolites between organisms.
Julie Zedler, PhD student, University of Kent, UK
I am exploring the suitability of microalgae as a novel production platform for recombinant proteins and high value compounds. Additionally, I am interested in finding alternative ways for more efficient carbon fixation in photosynthetic organisms. For this fundamental research project I am using Synechocystis as a model organism.
Nodumo Zulu, PhD student, University of Göttingen and Novagreen, Germany
My research is based on enhancing PUFA production in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. I am also looking into gaining more insight on the metabolic pathways involved in fatty acid synthesis as well as lipid production by this diatom. To do this I am investigating the role of the SNF1 kinase on fatty acid composition and lipid production.
Erick M. Ramos Martinez, PhD student, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
My research main focus is to develop genetic tools to enhance product recovery from microalgae. I use Chlamydomonas reindhardtii as a model organism to explore cell wall degradation under inducible conditions and secretion of recombinant proteins in order to facilitate downstream processing of microalgae.
Dr. Tiago Guerra, Postdoctoral Fellow, A4F, Portugal
My research focus on establishing methods for mixotrophic cultivation of microalgae at a pilot and industrial scales. This involves developing sensitive and automated media delivery methods, and balancing the inputs and outputs of the culture. I am also interested is characterizing the contaminants in mixotrophic cultures and how to take advantage of them.
Doris Gangl, PhD student, University of Kent, UK
Dr. Doreen Heerd, Postdoctoral Fellow, Algae Biotech and University of Copenhagen, Denmark
My research is focused on genetic engineering of heterotrophic marine microorganisms. In particular, I am investigating the stable expression of transgenes in thraustochytrids for the production of valuable compounds. Additionally, I am interested in studying the PUFA production and carotenoids of the applied strains.
Gergana Kostova, PhD student, University of Freiburg, Germany
I investigate the role of non-coding RNAs in the regulation of photosynthesis and cellular metabolism under iron limiting conditions. In my studies I use the model cyanobacterium Synechocystis. I explore the functions of the non-coding RNAs using transcriptome profiling experiments and targeted proteomics approach as well as a heterologous reporter assay.
David Malatinszky, PhD student, Imperial College London, UK
I am interested in enhancing the natural ability of a cyanobacterium to act as biofertilizer and provide a synthetic microbial community with a source of fixed nitrogen. For this goal I have reconstructed the metabolic network of Anabaena sp. PCC 7120 and I am using this reconstruction to identify engineering targets for the excretion of ammonia.
Artur Włodarczyk, PhD student, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
José Flores Uribe, PhD student, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
I study industrial and natural photosynthetic communities using metagenomics. I’m interested on the identification of contaminant species of microalgae cultures at industrial scale to understand their interactions within the system. I’m also working with environmental samples looking for cyanobacterial viruses carrying photosynthetic genes.
Witold Januszewski, PhD student, University of Freiburg, Germany
My scope of research includes stability, metabolism and immunity assessment of Chlorella vulgaris cultures from various stages of industrial scale-up via metatranscriptomic analyses as well as similar gene expression analyses of Synechocystis with microarrays. Subsequently, I am developing a metatranscriptomic data processing pipeline for general usage.