Proof of Concept funding awardees

AwardeeInstitutionProject titleLink
Round 1
Mike AllenPlymouth Marine LaboratoryALGEBRA: ALGal Environmental and Biotechnological Risk AssessmentDetails
Tom BibbyUniversity of SouthamptonUnlocking the potential of Dunaliella through development of transformation-based strategies for gene manipulationDetails
Seth DavisUniversity of YorkExploiting the genetic potential of Galdieria sulphuraria for industrial biotechnologyDetails
Carole LlewellynSwansea UniversityExploring chlorophyll-f and associated metabolism for improved intensive cultivation of cyanobacteriaDetails
Willie WilsonPlymouth Marine LaboratoryDevelopment of an algal crop protection program through vaccination by novel viruses Details
Round 2
Alistair McCormickUniversity of EdinburghA molecular toolbox to commercialise cyanobacteria: synthetic genetic sensor-regulator circuits for increased yields of phycobiliproteinsDetails
Saul PurtonUniversity College LondonProduction of protein antibiotics in the algal chloroplastDetails
Colin RobinsonUniversity of KentEngineering of supramolecular assemblies for enhanced high-value compound synthesis in the Chlamydomonas reinhardtii chloroplastDetails
Michele StanleyScottish Association for Marine ScienceTetramed: Spent media from Tetraselmis cultivation as a source of new bioactivesDetails
Round 3
Attila MolnarUniversity of EdinburghHigh value chemicals from algae: Developing a transgene-free genome editing toolbox to enhance carotenoid productionDetails
Round 4
Katherine DuncanUniversity of StrathclydeAccelerating the biotechnological potential of marine microalgae using a molecular networking comparative metabolomics approach Details
Martin MichaelisUniversity of KentIdentification of algal extracts with anti-cancer activityDetails

Business Interaction Voucher awardees

AwardeeIndustry partnerProject title
Mike Allen (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)Photoquest Ltd.Phytography: Digital High Value Products From Phytoplankton
Jared Cartwright (University of York)Phycosera Ltd.Characterisation of the potential of Chlorella microalgae to produce recombinant proteins under fermentative growth conditions
Peter Eastmond (Rothamsted Research)AlgenuityOptimisation of algal culture for the production of human milk fat substitute
Patricia Harvey (University of Greenwich)Cellexus Ltd.Cultivation of Dunaliella salina, an extremophile, for glycerol and carotenoids using a novel Single-Use Bioreactor
Patricia Harvey (University of Greenwich)Varicon Aqua Solutions Ltd.Development and evaluation of novel nutrient formulations for microalgal cultivation
Ralph Noble (NIAB EMR)Algaecytes Ltd.Post lipid extracted microalgal biomass as a substrate nutrient supplement for mushroom cultivation
Jagroop Pandhal (The University of Sheffield)TeeGene Biotech Ltd.Characterisation of info-chemical induced EPS from Scenedesmus for sustainable production of bioemulsifiers and biosurfactants
Brenda Parker (University College London)Algafy Ltd.High throughput screening platform for evaluating desirable phenotypes in microalgae
Geoffrey Proffitt (Swansea University)AlgaeCytes Ltd.Technical consultancy for the first commercial microalgae pilot module in the UK
Saul Purton (University College London)Algaplex Ltd.Developing synthetic biology tools for Spirulina
Alison Smith (University of Cambridge)Pursuit Marine Drive LtdResearch grade algae - a supply bottleneck in algal research and development
Alison Smith (University of Cambridge)Plessey Semiconductors Ltd & Alfa Laval LtdIncreasing algal growth and harvesting efficiency in glasshouses using LED lighting and centrifuges
Alison Smith (University of Cambridge)J T Environmental Consultants Ltd.Implementing Algebra guidelines to risk assessments of scale-up of non-native species
Alison Smith (University of Cambridge)Feed Algae Ltd.Optimisation of batch-scale cultivation of tropical marine diatoms
Michele Stanley (The Scottish Association for Marine Science)Biopower Tecnologies Ltd.The use of micronisation powders from biomass by-products as growth supplements for microalgae
Seetharaman Vaidyanathan (University of Sheffield)C-Tech Innovation LtdEfficient cell lysis for extraction of intracellular products from microalgae using pulsed electric field


Training & Conference funding awardees

Alison SmithUniversity of CambridgeMolecular Life of Diatoms in Seattle, USA (7-10 July 2015): PDRA Katherine Helliwell presented her talk "Vitamin B12 cycling between aquatic microbes: cooperation versus competition".
Seetharaman VaidyanathanUniversity of SheffieldEuropean Phycological Congress 2015 in London (23-28 August 2015): PDRA Maria Huete-Ortega presented her talk "Linkage between photosynthesis and nitrogen metabolism on the accumulation of lipids in microalgae".
Carole LlewellynSwansea University5th Annual World Congress of Marine Biotechnology 2015 in Qingdao, China (6-8 November 2015): PDRA Claudio Fuentes-Grunewald presented two talks, "Biotechnological applications of marine bioactive compounds from the red microalgae Porphyridium purpureum" and "Performance of the new internal LED photobioreactor".
Saul PurtonUniversity College LondonMBI course "Downstream Processing: From Cell to Column: Integrated solutions for Rapid Bioprocessing of Biologics" in London (16-19 November 2015): PDRA Laura Stoffels attended this training course.
Seetharaman VaidyanathanUniversity of SheffieldThe 6th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (San Diego, June 2016): PDRA Maria Huete-Ortega presented talk "“Molecular basis of lipid production in Phaeodactylum tricornutum (CCAP 1055/1) under nitrogen starvation: a systems investigation”" and poster "Effect of culture conditions on lipid productivity in marine microalgae"
Steven KellyUniversity of OxfordPHYCONET/IBCarb meeting on Algal Polysacchaides in Edinburgh (14-15 July 2016): PDRA Ellis O'Neill gave a talk on de novo transcriptome sequencing of the alga Euglena gracilis revealing unexpected capabilities for carbohydrate metabolism
Brenda ParkerUniversity College LondonEuropean Symposium for Biochemical Engineering Sciences in Dublin (11-14 September 2016): Brenda presented her research on scale up for recovery of intracellular products from Chlamydomonas and Phaeodactylum
Katherine DuncanUniversity of StrathclydePHYCONET/HVCfP workshop on High Value Products from Algae in Nottingham (1-2 November 2016): Katherine gave a flash presentation on using molecular networking for algal comparative metabolomics
Alison SmithUniversity of CambridgeGordon Research Conference on Chloroplast Biotechnology (8-13 Jan 2017, Ventura, California): PDRA Doris Gangl presented a poster on metabolic engineering of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using synthetic biology approaches
Mike AllenPlymouth Marine LaboratoryVietnamese Algae Conversion workshop (12-14 Jan 2017): Mike gave a talk on technologies for harvesting algal blooms at the Vietnamese Algae Conversion workshop (12-14 January 2017, Hanoi University), which aims to develop joint UK-Vietnam projects in areas such as algal biotechnology and bioremediation


Undergraduate Summer Studentships

Eleanor Binner (University of Nottingham)Sim Wei Gan (University of Nottingham)Proof of concept study to extract EPA from wet microalgal strain ALG01 (in collaboration with AlgaeCytes Ltd)
Oliver Ebenhoeh (University of Aberdeen)Mirko Bagnarol (University of Padova)Optimising the storage of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in triacylglycerol for microalgae using a mathematical model
Brenda Parker (University College London)Arran Finlan (University College London)Examining the interactions between cultivation and downstream processing for recombinant protein production in microalgae
Glen Wheeler (Marine Biological Association)Hayley Hardstaff (University of Cambridge)Elucidating functional forms of vitamin B12 in microalgae
Tom Bibby (University of Southampton)Hannah Connabeer (University of Southampton)Tapping the unused potential of photosynthesis
Eleanor Binner (University of Nottingham)Ruishan Liu (University of Nottingham)Microwave-assisted depolymerisation of an algal polysaccharide
John Day (Scottish Association for Marine Science)Sarahjane Pugh (Scottish Association for Marine Science)A paradigm shift in algal cultivation: exploring the potential of heterotrophic and mixotrophic cultivation of the holdings of the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa
Attila Molnar (University of Edinburgh)Iain Ratter (University of Edinburgh)Establishing a transgene-free genome editing protocol for a cell-walled algae Chlamydomonas nivalis
Brenda Parker (University College London)Peter Bateson (University College London)Algal-BPV educational tool
Alison Smith (University of Cambridge)Faye Wei Qing Loo (University of Manchester)How does 3’UTR choice affect transgene expression in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Michele Stanley (SAMS)Matthew Gray (University of the Highlands and Islands)Evaluating the potential of marine microalgae for the production of omega 3 enriched phospholipids for use as encapsulation agents and sterols for liposome stabilisation
Elinor Thompson (University of Greenwich)Modesta Blunskyte (University of Greenwich)Routes for manipulating the carbon concentrating mechanism of cyanobacteria: regulatory proteases


IB Seeding Catalyst Funding awardees

AwardeeIndustry partnerProject title
Mark Caddick
(The University of Liverpool)
UnileverProcess development for the production of natural UV-protectants
Anil Day
(The University of Manchester)
AlgaeCytesOne step transformation of a platform microalgal strain to boost Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid yields
Attila Molnar
(The University of Edinburgh)
Scottish BioenergyOptimizing the single-stranded oligodeoxynucleotide repair templates for CRISPR-mediated genome editing in micro-algae
Alla Silkina
(Swansea University)
ufraction8Evaluation of microalgae dewatering cultures using massively multiplexed microfluidic systems

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  • Congratulations to Attila Molnar (The University of Edinburgh), whose PHYCONET-funded PoC project results have been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article, “Efficient targeted DNA editing and replacement in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using Cpf1 ribonucleoproteins

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