Knowledge for a sustainable world

Research Group:
Aquatic Biotechnology and Biology
  • STFC Food Network+ (SFN) £8,000 (2020-2021) Identification of umami taste markers in microalgae-based novel food. This scoping project aims to enhance ‘umami’ flavour in food ingredients developed from microalgal biomass, and to develop a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry quantification technique using STFC’s support to screen for taste markers that contribute to ‘umami’ flavour.
  • CEFAS Seafood Innovation Fund SBRI Competition for the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science: Halogenated compounds in seaweed’. Jan – March 2021 (£4,863) with SBRI, a feasibility study to assess the use of haloperoxidases as a screening marker in seaweeds as an indicator for their ability to suppress methane production in ruminants.
  • BBSRC NIBB Network 2018-2022: Algae-UK to catalyse interest and opportunities in algal biotechnology within the UK.
  • EU Interreg 2Seas Valgorize: Valorisation of algae for a better taste, Jan 2019 –Sept 2022 (€848,990.60). The aims are for controlled sustainable production and processing of high quality, stable, safe algal biomass of know composition with important food features and a good total palatability including: taste, aroma, colour and texture, in order to facilitate change in favour of food from the lower trophic regions in the ocean food chain and investment in the sector. Food producers need a reliable and predictable supply of high quality biomass and consumers want tasty, safe and high quality products.
  • Darwin Plus Round 7 Sustainable solutions for Sargassum inundations in Turks & Caicos. April 2019- Sept 2021 £94,618.00 Project Partners: Turks and Caicos Islands Government, The School for Field Studies, Centre for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos, CIEEM UK Overseas Territories Special Interest Group
  • EU FP7 Co-Ordinator of the CO2 algae biorefinery: D-Factory KBBE.2013.3.2-02 (2013-2017). €10 573 671 Coordinator for 14 partners (10 SME/LE, 2 Research Institutes, 2 Universities). Establishing a sustainable microalgal biorefinery using halotolerant microalgae.
  • Cultivation of Dunaliella salina, an extremophile, for glycerol and carotenoids using a novel Single-Use Bioreactor PHYCPoC-05 (2015-16) BBSRC with Cellexus Ltd.
  • Tuning algae for biofuel profitably. ABSig SPARK Plus (2015-16) £5,000 with Bioextractions Ltd.
  • Engineering Micro-algae for Pharmaceutical Production ABSig SPARK (2014-15) £5,000 with IOTA Pharmaceuticals.
  • EPSRC MacroBioCrude: Developing an Integrated Supply and Processing Pipeline for the Sustained Production of Ensiled Macroalgae-derived Hydrocarbon Fuels (2013-2017) £164,422.
  • Novel application of brown seaweed as an antibacterial coating for interdental drug delivery funded by the High Value Chemicals from Plants Network (HVfCP) and Mirage Health Group.
  • Road Map for the use of the Seaweed Sargassum muticum in High Value Bioactive Compound Discovery funded by HVfCP and IOTA Phamaceuticals
  • UoG Vice Chancellor (VC) PhD studentship for the project “Identifying the impact of climate change on aquatic organisms at a fundamental cellular level.” in 2016. In this studentship we investigate which cellular factors are involved in setting the upper thermal limits in zebrafish cells and if in vitro studies reflect the effects seen in vivo. The aim of this work is to understand the cellular processes better that are involved in limiting acclimation and adaptation to a warmer environment in fish.
  • Fisheries Society of the British Isles (2019) to study endoplasmic reticulum stress in fish in response to temperature stress. Here we investigate how thermal stress influences the endoplasmic reticulum in a zebrafish cell line. This work is important to understand how the upper thermal limits of fish cells are set.