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

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Congratulations to Yanan for passing her PhD viva.  She has accepted a postdoctoral research position at Greenwich University.

Congratulations to USAR EngD student, Marco Lizzul, who has been awarded a UCL Enterprise Scholarship to evaluate the potential of producing high value algae within the photobioreactor that he has designed.  The award will pay a stipend to extend his doctorate by three months.

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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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