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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New PhD student, Xenia Spencer-Milnes, will optimise tailored lipid production in the microalga Chlorella sorokiniana as part of the BBSRC-funded sLoLa project, Algal Oils by Design.

Saul has been appointed as a member of the Council of the British Phycological Society.

New PhD student, Juliana Ramos, will investigate endolysin production in the chloroplast of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

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Dr 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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