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The Algal Biotechnology Consortium (ABC)

This consortium 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.

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

4) Photosynthetic and biomimetic hydrogen production and CO2 reduction


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 Erwin Reisner Chemistry, University of Cambridge

Dr Paolo Bombelli Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

Dr Matthew Davey Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

Dr David Lea-Smith Biochemistry, 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:

There is increasing interest in the exploitation of microalgae as a sustainable feedstock for a variety of products (such as diesel, omega-3 oils, pigments, enzymes) to replace those currently sourced from fossil oil and gas, crop plants and animals.

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Algal Innovation Centre

Official Opening

Cambridge, United Kingdom | Sainsbury Laboratory

Monday, 9 May 2016 from 14:00 to 18:00 (BST)

Eventbrite - Algal Innovation Centre Official Opening