Establishment of the extremophile Cyanidioschyzon merolae for biotechnological applications

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Project Description

The unicellular microalga Cyanidioschyzon merolae is an extremophile which was isolated from acidic hotsprings. It is an interesting model eukaryote due to the presence of 1 of every organelle, which makes it ideal for microscopy studies. In addition to fundamental analyses, this organism has incredible potential as a light-driven biotechnological host organism as its nuclear genome allows homologous recombination, a unique feature among algae. The goal of our project is the establishment of basic cultivation parameters for this organism, medium optimization, and handling techniques. We offer a 3-4 month position in our group to students with previous experience using this and/or other algae for biotechnology.
Program - BioEngineering
Division - Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Faculty Lab Link - https://ssb.kaust.edu.sa
Field of Study - Biotechnology, synthetic biology

About the
Researcher

Kyle Lauersen

Kyle Lauersen

Desired Project Deliverables

Establishment of C. merolae growth in the Sustainable & Synthetic Biotechnology Group at KAUST. Optimize media parameters and cultivation in photobioreactors. Main deliverables will be grow data and medium recipies.

RECOMMENDED STUDENT ACADEMIC & RESEARCH BACKGROUND

Biology
Biology
Biotechnology
Biotechnology
Algae research
Algae research
Molecular biology
Molecular biology