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Algae synthetic biology and molecular biotechnology

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Microalgae populate oceans, lakes and ponds. Through photosynthesis they sustain life on Earth, by sequestering atmospheric CO2 and producing almost half of the oxygen on Earth. Microalgae also have a vast, largely untapped, biotechnological potential. They generate biomass and natural products requiring only seawater, light and inorganic nutrients.

Microalgal species are extremely numerous and diverse, and evolved a myriad of biological solutions to adapt and thrive in the most different aquatic habitats. These traits and diversity offer new engineering opportunities and represent an unexplored reservoir for biotech applications.

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The Algae Synthetic Biology Lab employs innovative strategies to investigate microalgal biology and to develop of novel strains, designed to synthesize a variety of high-value bio-products.

The research focus is mainly centered on diatoms - one of the most diverse and genetically tractable group of microalgae - and include:

- Isoprenoid metabolism and natural products
- Gene discovery and single-cell biology
- Synthetic biology and high-throughput strain engineering
- Exploration of non-model diatom species

Contact information: Michele Fabris

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Last Updated 18.11.2021