Alison Smith

  • Mar 26, 2018

Date & Location: March 26, 2018, at 4p; Room 101 Biochemistry Building

Subject: Exploiting vitamin metabolism for algal biotechnology

About the Speaker

University: University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Research Interests: Research in Alison Smith's group is exploring the potential for exploitation of algae for biotechnology, in particular metabolic engineering to develop microalgae as a production platform for high value products, and gene discovery for novel compounds. 

In addition, the group is studying the molecular basis of interactions between algae and bacteria in which the latter supply algae with vitamin B12 in return for photosynthate. The implications of this for aquatic microbial communities, both natural and industrial, are being investigated.