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Core Members

Dr Daniel Wangpraseurt

Daniel Wangpraseurt is Global Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge & Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research is broadly placed at the interface between biology and optics and his work includes aspects of microalgal photobiology, optical modelling, bio-imaging, 3D printing and microenvironmental ecology. He received his PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney where he studied coral photobiology and bio-optics. Read more

Dr Silvia Vignolini   Silvia Vignolini is head of the bioinspired photonics group at the University of Cambridge where she leads a multidisciplinary group working at the interface between physics, chemisty and biology. Silvia's research experience deals with the characterisation of light interaction with nanostructured materials. Silvia received her PhD in Physics from the University of Firenze.   Read more

Dr Silvia Vignolini

Silvia Vignolini is head of the bioinspired photonics group at the University of Cambridge where she leads a multidisciplinary group working at the interface between physics, chemisty and biology. Silvia's research experience deals with the characterisation of light interaction with nanostructured materials. Silvia received her PhD in Physics from the University of Firenze. Read more

Dr Dimitri Deheyn   Dimitri Deheyn is associate research scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography where he leads the bioinspiration laboratory. Dimitri's research primarily deals with light production (bioluminescence) and manipulation of marine organisms. Dimitri received his PhD from the Free Univeristy of Brussels in Marine Scinece.   Read more

Dr Dimitri Deheyn

Dimitri Deheyn is associate research scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography where he leads the bioinspiration laboratory. Dimitri's research primarily deals with light production (bioluminescence) and manipulation of marine organisms. Dimitri received his PhD from the Free Univeristy of Brussels in Marine Scinece. Read more

Collaborators

Prof Shaochen Chen    3D printing   Shaochen Chen is Professor in the Nanoengineering Department and the Bioengineering Department at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is the Founding Director of the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Center. The Chen lab develops 3D bioprinting techniques with a micro or nanoscale printing resolution.  Read more

Prof Shaochen Chen

3D printing

Shaochen Chen is Professor in the Nanoengineering Department and the Bioengineering Department at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is the Founding Director of the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Center. The Chen lab develops 3D bioprinting techniques with a micro or nanoscale printing resolution. Read more

Prof Mark Hildebrand    Algal biofuels   Mark Hildebrand is expert in algal biofuels, specifically with studies on diatoms. He studies diatom silicon metabolism and silica cell wall synthesis, diatom nanotechnology and applies high resolution imaging techniques. His lab explores microalgal lipid metabolism for biofuels production.  Read more

Prof Mark Hildebrand

Algal biofuels

Mark Hildebrand is expert in algal biofuels, specifically with studies on diatoms. He studies diatom silicon metabolism and silica cell wall synthesis, diatom nanotechnology and applies high resolution imaging techniques. His lab explores microalgal lipid metabolism for biofuels production. Read more

Prof Michael Kuhl    Photobiology and Microbiology   Michael Kuhl is Professor in Aquatic Microbial Ecology at the University of Copenhagen and distinguished research professort at the University of Technology, Sydney. Prof Kuhl has broad interdisciplinary interests ranging from the technicalities of sensor development to studies of microenvironmental controls and microbial interactions in aquatic communities and ecosystems.   Read more

Prof Michael Kuhl

Photobiology and Microbiology

Michael Kuhl is Professor in Aquatic Microbial Ecology at the University of Copenhagen and distinguished research professort at the University of Technology, Sydney. Prof Kuhl has broad interdisciplinary interests ranging from the technicalities of sensor development to studies of microenvironmental controls and microbial interactions in aquatic communities and ecosystems. Read more

 
Prof Alison Smith    Algal physiology and biofuels   Alison Smith is Professor of Plant Biochemistry and Head of the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Her research group works on aspects of the metabolism of plants, algae and bacteria, in particular vitamin and cofactor biosynthesis.  Read more

Prof Alison Smith

Algal physiology and biofuels

Alison Smith is Professor of Plant Biochemistry and Head of the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Her research group works on aspects of the metabolism of plants, algae and bacteria, in particular vitamin and cofactor biosynthesis. Read more

Dr Matthew Davey    Algal physiology and bioenergy   Mathew Davey is Senior Research Associate specialising in plant and algal physiology at the University of Cambridge. His primary research interests are in how plant and algal metabolic traits respond to environmental change both within controlled environments and in nature.   Read more

Dr Matthew Davey

Algal physiology and bioenergy

Mathew Davey is Senior Research Associate specialising in plant and algal physiology at the University of Cambridge. His primary research interests are in how plant and algal metabolic traits respond to environmental change both within controlled environments and in nature. Read more

Prof Steve Jacques    Biomedical optics   Steve Jacques is Professor in Biomedical Optics at Tufts University He received a B.S. degree in Biology at M.I.T., and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Ph.D. degree in Biophysics and Medical Physics from the University of California-Berkeley (1984). His team developed the use of Monte Carlo computer simulations to study optical transport in biological tissues, which is now widely used in the field of biophotonics.   Read more

Prof Steve Jacques

Biomedical optics

Steve Jacques is Professor in Biomedical Optics at Tufts University He received a B.S. degree in Biology at M.I.T., and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Ph.D. degree in Biophysics and Medical Physics from the University of California-Berkeley (1984). His team developed the use of Monte Carlo computer simulations to study optical transport in biological tissues, which is now widely used in the field of biophotonics. Read more

Prof Jules Jaffe    Underwater optical imaging   Jules Jaffe received a B.A. Cum Laude from SUNY at Buffalo (Physics) in 1973, a M.S. from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (Biomedical Information Science) in 1974, and a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley (Biophysics) 1982. His interests include Image and signal processing science, development of 3-dimensional in-situ sensors for oceanography (optical and sonar). Underwater optical and sonar imaging. Biomedical imaging. Autonomous vehicle development.  Read more

Prof Jules Jaffe

Underwater optical imaging

Jules Jaffe received a B.A. Cum Laude from SUNY at Buffalo (Physics) in 1973, a M.S. from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (Biomedical Information Science) in 1974, and a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley (Biophysics) 1982. His interests include Image and signal processing science, development of 3-dimensional in-situ sensors for oceanography (optical and sonar). Underwater optical and sonar imaging. Biomedical imaging. Autonomous vehicle development. Read more

Prof Greg Mitchell    Photobiology and biofuels   Greg Mitchell is a Research Biologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). Greg served the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as Program Manager for the Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program and as Program Scientist for NASA’s SeaWiFS and MODIS ocean color satellite missions. Curent research focuses on optimization of yields of bioenergy molecules in the light-temperature-nutrient matrix that regulates algae growth, numerical modeling of algae yield optimization and design of closed and open photobioreactors that optimize yields.  Read more

Prof Greg Mitchell

Photobiology and biofuels

Greg Mitchell is a Research Biologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). Greg served the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as Program Manager for the Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program and as Program Scientist for NASA’s SeaWiFS and MODIS ocean color satellite missions. Curent research focuses on optimization of yields of bioenergy molecules in the light-temperature-nutrient matrix that regulates algae growth, numerical modeling of algae yield optimization and design of closed and open photobioreactors that optimize yields. Read more

Prof Farooq Azam    Ecology of marine bacteria   The Azam Lab studies the ecology of marine bacteria and viruses, their diversity, and their population dynamics. Studies also include biochemical and molecular adaptations of bacteria for life in the ocean environment. In addition, the Azam Lab is examining the significance of bacteria and viruses in the structure and function of the microbial food web in the ocean. For biomicfuel the Azam lab is investigating the role of algal-bacterial interactions and how such artificial symbiotic communities could aid in enhancing algal productivity.The   Read more

Prof Farooq Azam

Ecology of marine bacteria

The Azam Lab studies the ecology of marine bacteria and viruses, their diversity, and their population dynamics. Studies also include biochemical and molecular adaptations of bacteria for life in the ocean environment. In addition, the Azam Lab is examining the significance of bacteria and viruses in the structure and function of the microbial food web in the ocean. For biomicfuel the Azam lab is investigating the role of algal-bacterial interactions and how such artificial symbiotic communities could aid in enhancing algal productivity.The Read more

Dr Julie Dinasquet    Microbiology   Julie Dinasquet is a postdoc in the Azam lab where she studies the spatio-temporal variations of marine bacterial utilization of volatile organic compounds in coastal ecosystems. For biomicfuel she is collaborating on improving algal-bacterial interactions for commercial applications.

Dr Julie Dinasquet

Microbiology

Julie Dinasquet is a postdoc in the Azam lab where she studies the spatio-temporal variations of marine bacterial utilization of volatile organic compounds in coastal ecosystems. For biomicfuel she is collaborating on improving algal-bacterial interactions for commercial applications.

Dr Villads Egede Johannsen    Optical modeling   Villads Egede Johannsen is a postdoc in the Vingolini lab and his research focuses on understanding the optical mechanisms governing colouration in natural photonics and biomimetic materials.  Read more

Dr Villads Egede Johannsen

Optical modeling

Villads Egede Johannsen is a postdoc in the Vingolini lab and his research focuses on understanding the optical mechanisms governing colouration in natural photonics and biomimetic materials. Read more

Artison Wangpraseurt    Design   Artison Wangpraseurt is a German-Thai Architect and Urban Designer. He has worked for several award-winning practices including Foster + Partners, Adjaye Associates and Zvi Hecker. He held a Senior position at Proctor + Matthews Architects and his portfolio of projects spans a broad range of types including complex residential and cultural projects, Interior Design and Masterplanning. Artison is founder of studioort, a startup aimed at sustainable design.  Read more

Artison Wangpraseurt

Design

Artison Wangpraseurt is a German-Thai Architect and Urban Designer. He has worked for several award-winning practices including Foster + Partners, Adjaye Associates and Zvi Hecker. He held a Senior position at Proctor + Matthews Architects and his portfolio of projects spans a broad range of types including complex residential and cultural projects, Interior Design and Masterplanning. Artison is founder of studioort, a startup aimed at sustainable design. Read more

Patricia Fernandez Waid    Public Outreach/Web manager   Patricia Fernandez Waid is a freelance writer and science communicator. Currently, she works for Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography as an instructor and naturalist; as well as National Public Radio (NPR) overseeing discussion and providing resources for their SciComm network.  Read more

Patricia Fernandez Waid

Public Outreach/Web manager

Patricia Fernandez Waid is a freelance writer and science communicator. Currently, she works for Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography as an instructor and naturalist; as well as National Public Radio (NPR) overseeing discussion and providing resources for their SciComm network. Read more

Students

Mackenzie Saideman    Undergraduate   Mackenzie Saideman is an undergraduate student in the Deheyn lab at the University of California, San Diego working towards her bachelor in Marine Biology. She is interested in conservation and environmental sustainability. Her research work deals with the role of GFP in coral optics and physiology.

Mackenzie Saideman

Undergraduate

Mackenzie Saideman is an undergraduate student in the Deheyn lab at the University of California, San Diego working towards her bachelor in Marine Biology. She is interested in conservation and environmental sustainability. Her research work deals with the role of GFP in coral optics and physiology.

Bryan Zhu    Undergraduate   Bryan Zhu is a 4th year bioengineering student at UCSD. He has interest in understanding the way nature has solved its design challenges. Bryan is active in the biomimicry community in San Diego. His research project focuses on optimizing surface geometries for photosynthesis using a range of CAD-based environments.

Bryan Zhu

Undergraduate

Bryan Zhu is a 4th year bioengineering student at UCSD. He has interest in understanding the way nature has solved its design challenges. Bryan is active in the biomimicry community
in San Diego. His research project focuses on optimizing surface geometries for photosynthesis using a range of CAD-based environments.

Noah Martin    Undergraduate   Noah Martin is an undergraduate Integrative Biology student at UC Berkeley. He is interested in cephalopod cognition as well as coral biology and conservation. His research project focuses on optimizing algae-bacteria symbiosis in coral systems to improve coral inspired biotechnology.

Noah Martin

Undergraduate

Noah Martin is an undergraduate Integrative Biology student at UC Berkeley. He is interested in cephalopod cognition as well as coral biology and conservation. His research project focuses on optimizing algae-bacteria symbiosis in coral systems to improve coral inspired biotechnology.

 
Tatum Bernat    Undergraduate   Tatum Bernat is an undergraduate student at UCLA, pursuing a B.S. degree in Marine Biology and a career in academic research. Her interest in coral conservation and experience with algal-based research led her to the Biomicfuel where she studies the optimization of bacteria-microalgal mutualism within corals, aiming to improve artificial coral systems.

Tatum Bernat

Undergraduate

Tatum Bernat is an undergraduate student at UCLA, pursuing a B.S. degree in Marine Biology and a career in academic research. Her interest in coral conservation and experience with algal-based research led her to the Biomicfuel where she studies the optimization of bacteria-microalgal mutualism within corals, aiming to improve artificial coral systems.

April Damon    Undergraduate   April Damon is a recent graduate from UCSD with a B.S. in General Biology. At UCSD she was involved in Saltman Quarterly, providing scientific editorial illustrations for their publications. Her interests are in the intersections between evolutionary ecology and microbiology.  She is currently working on algal-bacterial interactions in hydrogels.

April Damon

Undergraduate

April Damon is a recent graduate from UCSD with a B.S. in General Biology. At UCSD she was involved in Saltman Quarterly, providing scientific editorial illustrations for their publications. Her interests are in the intersections between evolutionary ecology and microbiology. She is currently working on algal-bacterial interactions in hydrogels.