Edinburgh Lecture: From ancient algae to future fuels


Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


Professor John Love, Exeter University


Thursday, 15 November, 2018 - 18:00

John Love is Professor of Synthetic Biology at the University of Exeter, which he joined as a lecturer in 2003. He obtained his B.Sc. in Biology from the University of St. Andrews, and, after a stint as a Science Officer at the French Hydrographic Service (EPSHOM, Brest), performed his PhD in under the supervision of Professors Tony Trewavas (University of Edinburgh) and Colin Brownlee (Marine Biological Association, Plymouth) researching Ca2+ signalling in the early embryo of brown algae. He then obtained a postdoctoral position with Professors Bill Thompson and Wendy Boss, at the North Carolina State University NASA Specialised Center of Research and Training, to investigate (and alter) the effects of microgravity on plant root growth. After 5 years in the USA, John was awarded a Broodbank Research Fellowship in Prof. Alex Webb’s laboratory at the University of Cambridge, where he investigated the role of circadian calcium rhythms in the perception of seasonality in flowering plants.

John’s research team is diverse and employs a multidisciplinary combination of technologies to investigate a range of questions, including –

* The production of “Fourth Generation” biofuels that can directly substitute for fossil petroleum-based products in modern car and jet engines;
* The biology of the hydrocarbon producing planktonic alga, Botryococcus braunii.
* The integration of algal cultivation platforms for waste-nutrient recycling in the water purification industry;
* AI and machine-guided experimentation to engineer novel functions in bacteria;
* Cell-free genetic systems, and;
* The forensic characterisation of anthropogenic microparticle pollutants since the industrial revolution in NW England.

Lectures are held jointly with the Royal Botanic Garden, in their Lecture Theatre. Doors open at 17:30, lecture commences at 18:00. 20 A Inverleith Row, EH3 5LR


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