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A networking organisation for plants-related research and impact
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Algal biotechnology research in Cambridge brings together molecular biologists, physiologists, chemists, engineers and chemical engineers to facilitate the development of future biotechnology and bioenergy solutions. We collaborate with industrial partners to test our ideas.

Research groups working on Algal Biotechnology:

Smith Lab - Department of Plant Sciences

Working on algal synthetic biology, algal metabolism and synthetic ecology

Howe Lab - Department of Biochemistry 

Working on algal photosynthesis


Current work falls into the following main topics:

1) The development of tools in algal molecular and synthetic biology for accumulation of desired products

2) The production of algal biomass, including sequestration of CO2 from flue gases, and treatment of wastewater

3) Use of cyanobacteria for the production of bio-photovoltaic panels


We are also actively involved in increasing both energy awareness and public understanding of the opportunities and challenges biotechnology and bioenergy provide.


The current academic members of the consortium:

Professor Alison Smith Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

Professor Chris Howe  Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

Dr Paolo Bombelli Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

Dr Matthew Davey Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

Dr Stuart Scott Engineering, University of Cambridge

Prof John Dennis Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge

Dr Otti Croze Physics, University of Cambridge


External Collaborators: