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University College London

University College London (UCL) is the oldest and largest university in London with approximately 11,000 staff and 38,000 students from 150 different countries. Founded in 1826, UCL is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary universities and was ranked 7th in the world in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. The UCL Algal Group, led by Prof. Saul Purton is part of the Institute of Structural & Molecular Biology (ISMB) within the Faculty of Life Sciences. The research within the group focuses on various fundamental aspects of algal cell biology and the exploitation of algae as industrial biotechnology platforms for the synthesis of natural and recombinant products. The Group is also part of a wider algal research community within UCL (called “Algae@UCL”), with members from a wide range of fields, including the life sciences, social sciences, engineering and architecture.

Key people

Professor Saul Purton 

Saul is Professor of Algal Biotechnology at UCL. He obtained his PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Cambridge in 1988 , and was then awarded a long-term EMBO Research Fellowship to study algal molecular-genetics at the University of Geneva, before taking up a permanent academic position at UCL in 1991. He was appointed to full professor in 2015, and leads a large research group within the ISMB. He is also Director of PHYCONET, a BBSRC-funded UK network in algal biotechnology, and heads the Algae@UCL consortium of researchers. He sits on the advisory board for several UK biotechnology companies (MicrosymbiotiX Ltd and Axitan Ltd), is a member of Council for the British Phycological Society, and serves on the editorial boards for the international journals Protist, Eukaryotic Cell and Perspectives in Phycology.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774078.

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