UCL Division of Biosciences


Purton Lab Algal Biology and Biotechnology


Purton Lab

Our research combines molecular-genetic, biochemical, biophysical and engineering approaches to investigate various basic and applied aspects of algal biology.

    Purton Lab - Algal Biology and Biotechnology


Current research includes:

  • Developing the algal chloroplast as a platform for production of therapeutic proteins and novel metabolites
  • Exploring the re-design and re-programming of the chloroplast genome using synthetic biology approaches
  • Developing algae as low-cost, oral delivery systems for aquaculture and as bio-insecticides
  • Understanding the regulation of organelle gene expression by nuclear-encoded factors
  • Enhancing the nutritional content and palatability of edible cyanobacteria and algae