Our group is part of a wider algal research community within UCL, with members from a wide range of fields, including the life sciences, social sciences, engineering and architecture. Our research includes the development of bioreactors and use of industrial waste streams for algal growth, combustion characteristics of algal-based biofuels and the role of algae in society.

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Saul has been awarded a Business Interaction Voucher by PHYCONET to develop synthetic biology tools for Spirulina in collaboration with Algaplex Ltd.

Saul has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal Microbiology with effect from 1st January 2016.

Saul has won a PoC grant from the PHYCONET Network to explore the commercial potential of producing antibiotics in the algal chloroplast.

Saul is co-investigator on two Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grants to develop experimental model systems in marine microbial ecology.

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Professor Saul Purton
Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (Darwin Building)
University College London
Gower Street
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2675
Email:  s.purton[at]

Saul Purton

Algal Biology and Biotechnology

Our research combines molecular-genetic, biochemical and biophysical techniques to investigate various basic and applied aspects of algal biology.  Current research includes:

Saul Purton
  • Genetic engineering of the algal chloroplast as a platform for production of therapeutic proteins
  • Development of genetic strategies for improved biofuel production from algae and cyanobacteria
  • Development of synthetic biology tools for metabolic engineering of algae
  • The regulation of organelle gene expression by nuclear-encoded factors

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