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About the Project

Microalgae have generated increasing interest as microbial cell factories to produce proteins, pigments, therapeutics, and nutraceuticals. This is because they are solar-powered and can fix CO2 making them a sustainable option. We are interested in incorporating algae into industrial systems, where they can fix CO2, and also provide a resource for conversion into materials e.g. plastics. We also work with bacteria that can convert organics into CO2 and therefore form beneficial relationships with algal strains. The subject covered can be flexible based on the applicants interests and career aspirations. 

The successful candidate will receive training in algal biotechnology, including photobioreactor design, screening technologies and microbial consortia engineering. They will also benefit from expertise in design and analysis of experimental data as well as advanced microbial characterisation technologies at the forefront of biomanufacturing. 

Biological engineering is one of the fastest growing employment sectors and all of Dr. Pandhal’s PhD graduates have found employment in either industry, policy development or academia, with emphasis on research and development in sustainable biotechnology/biopharmaceutical/bioanalytical processes. 

For more insight into the research undertaken in Dr. Pandhal’s group and the team, see the group website at

Please see this link for information on how to apply: Please include the name of your proposed supervisor and the title of the PhD project within your application.

Applicants should have a first-class or upper second class 2(i) honors degree in biological/chemical engineering, chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology or related discipline. The student is expected to have an interest in biological solutions to industrial problems and an understanding of algal biotechnology would be advantageous but not essential, as training will be provided. Working knowledge at the interface of chemistry and biology would be desirable, as well as an understanding of genomics and/or proteomics. If English is not your first language then you must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) average of 6.5 or above with at least 6.0 in each component, or equivalent. Please see this link for further information:

Please contact Dr. Pandhal via if interested in this project.

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