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A networking organisation for plants-related research and impact

The Algal Innovation Centre (AIC) at the University of Cambridge is now open for academic and industrial research collaborations.

To enquire about possible collaboration please email AIC manager Dr Payam Mehrshahi with a brief description of the proposed project. 

General information:

The AIC is a Centre for Excellence with test and scale-up facilities. We connect the entire pipeline of algal research from strain selection and improvement, through harvesting and processing, to development of underpinning technology and engineering solutions.

The laboratory is a secure, research grade glasshouse on a sealed foundation with gross floor area of 164 sq. meters. We have laboratory grade benching, RO water supply environmental data collection, access to autoclaving, centrifugation and a wide range of algae reactors.


Facilities available at the AIC

We house a wide range of algal growth and harvesting equipment. These include Varican Aqua 1L vertical glass bioreactors,  10L vertical polycarbonate airlift bioreactors and 2 x 150L horizontal rotary bioreactors. 


We can support projects with additional facilities which include (but are not limited to):

- Cell harvesting (centrifugation)

- Lipid profiling (using GC-MS)

 - Coulter cell counter

- Pigment profiling (HPLC-PDA)

- High throughput Metabolomics

- FT-IR fingerprinting

- Cell culture collection (temperate and polar species)

We can also provide training courses for PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers.


Watch this video on the Algal Innovation Centre opening:


Finding us:

The AIC entrance is via the Sainsbury Laboratory located on Bateman Street, which is one-way. The turning to the Laboratory is just before the streets fifth bollard at number 47. Turn into this short track and up to the black entrance gate where you may use the intercom to speak to reception or security.

This map can help you find the Sainsbury Laboratory and the AIC: