March 18th 2018

Algal Biotechnology

We develop and apply novel technologies to industrial needs using a variety of algal strains and algal-bacterial consortia.

We use synthetic biology tools to increase carotenoid productivity in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, chemical inhibitors and adaptive evolution with Nannochloropsis oculata for generating long chain, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and also work closely with ecologists to decipher the mechanisms of natural info-chemicals and how these can be used to reduce costs/environmental impacts of downstream processing when using Scenedesmus subspicatus.

Published Work

Microwave-Assisted Extraction for Microalgae: From Biofuels to Biorefinery.


  • Kapoore RV, Butler TO, Pandhal J, Vaidyanathan S. (2018) Biology, (7):1

Quantitative proteomics reveals reduction in photosynthetic capacity of a B12-dependent alga grown in mutualistic coculture with bacteria


  • Helliwell KE, Pandhal J, Cooper MB, Longworth J, Kudahl UJ, Russo D, Tomsett EV, Bunbury F, Salmon D, Wright PC, Smirnoff N, Smith AG (2018) New Phytologist 217(2):599-612.

Competitive growth experiments with a high-lipid Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutant strain and its wild-type to predict industrial and ecological risks


  • Russo D, Beckerman AP, Pandhal J, (2017) AMB Express 7(10).

The use of natural infochemicals for sustainable and efficient harvesting of microalgae for biotechnology: insights from a meta-analysis


  • Roccuzzo S, Beckerman A, Pandhal J, (2016) Biotech Letters 38(12):1983-1990.

Synthetic microbial ecosystems for biotechnology


  • Pandhal J., Noirel, J. (2014) Biotechnology Letters 36(6):1141-51

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