GSI Seminar: Fuels, Faeces, Fertilisers and Fun. A research alliteration with a global outlook

A Global Systems Institute seminar
Speaker(s)Dr Mike Allen, Associate Professor of Single Cell Genomics
Date23 September 2020
Time14:00 to 15:00
PlaceOnline event

Professor Mike Allen is an Associate Professor of Single Cell Genomics in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at University of Exeter, a Merit Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory and an Honorary Fellow of the School of Physics at Bristol University. His interests are varied and encompass both blue skies and applied research topics. Blue skies research focuses mainly on understanding the role of viruses in the ocean using genomic, proteomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches. Applied research focuses on biocatalysis, bioremediation, biotransformation, bioprocessing and technology development.


Working with an awareness of the global political landscape regarding energy, food and water security; Mike acts as a regional, national and international focal point for the innovation and development of algal inspired processes and solutions. That’s the aim anyway. This talk will give an overview of some of Mike’s current research and will attempt to tell the rather random story of how he got to where he is and why he could be an asset to the GSI. Even with hindsight, it’s a tricky story to tell that makes no sense. It’ll feature microalgae, viruses, biofuels, fertilisers, poo, underwater robotics, photobioreactors, seaweeds, child labour, genetic modification, plastics, heavy metals, biorefineries, dewatering technologies, and probably a load more random other things I’ll include along the way.

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