Saul Purton is Reader in Molecular Phycology at University College London, where he heads the UCL Algal Biotechnology Group (www.ucl.ac.uk/algae). He obtained his PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Cambridge, and was then awarded an EMBO Research Fellowship to study at the University of Geneva for three years, before taking up a permanent academic position at UCL.
Saul has over 25 years of research experience in the field of algal biology and molecular genetics, with current research projects focusing on: i) the biology, genetics and evolution of the algal chloroplast and mitochondrion; ii) the development of green algae and cyanobacteria as GM platforms for the production of novel fuel molecules or therapeutic proteins. He played a pioneering role in the development of technologies for introducing genes into the nuclear and chloroplast genomes of the model alga, Chlamydomonas, and several on-going projects in the Group aim to develop similar methods for various industrially important algal species.
He is also head of Algae@UCL (www.ucl.ac.uk/algae-at-ucl) – a consortium of UCL biologists, engineers, architects and social scientists who are working together to explore novel applications of microalgae.
4th Algae World Europe 2012 Munich Speaker
Day 1 – Tuesday, 22 May
11:55 Genetic Engineering of Microalgae for Novel Products and Increased Productivity
13:45 Chairman’s Introduction
4TH ALGAE WORLD EUROPE 2012 is a conference dedicated towards providing objective insights on the commercialization of Algae Biofuels, as well the latest advances and constraints in Algae cultivation, harvesting & processing. To find more about 4th Algae World Europe in Munich from May 22 to 23, 2012, please visit http://www.futureenergyevents.com/algae/.