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Establishment of the extremophile Cyanidioschyzon merolae for biotechnological applications
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.
Division -Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering
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.
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