Green Algae Biofuels

Green Algae Biofuels

Creating bio-fuel from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii by improving its yields of biomass and triacylglycerols. Understanding how cells integrate the numerous stimuli they encounter in nature into meaningful responses requires acquisition of in-depth knowledge of their regulatory and metabolic networks. One approach to facilitating this process involves the development of predictive models that integrate data obtained from monitoring metabolic and regulatory processes. Imam's current research is focused on the use of computational and experimental approaches to study the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii with the aim of improving its yields of biomass and triacylglycerols, which can be converted in biofuel.  -Saheed

Green algae biofuels represent a promising alternative to fossil fuels. Lipid accumulation in green algae can be triggered by nutrient starvation, which impairs cellular growth and compromises biomass production. At the ISB, we are developing whole-cell gene regulatory and metabolic models of the model organism Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to rationally design better strategies for lipid accumulation without affecting biomass productivity. Strategic partnership with Sapphire Energy Inc., world leaders of green crude production, facilitates the leverage of our model predictions into more efficient biofuel production outcomes in the field.  -Adrian