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Prof Saul Purton
Darwin Building
Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, UCL
  • Professor of Algal Biotechnology
  • Structural & Molecular Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

1984:  BSc in Biochemistry, University of Bristol
1988:. PhD in Plant Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge
1988-1990:  E.M.B.O. Long-Term Research Fellow. Dept of Molecular Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
1990-1991:  Research Scientist. Dept of Molecular Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
1991-1996:  Lecturer, Department of Biology, UCL.
1996-2001:  Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology, UCL.
2001-2009:  Reader, Department of Biology, UCL.
2009-2015:  Reader, Institute of Structural & Molecular Biology, UCL.
2015-onwards: Professor of Algal Biotechnology

Research Summary

My research encompasses five major themes:

1. The nuclear control of gene expression in the chloroplast and mitochondrial organelles.

2. The evolution and metabolism of the algal chloroplast.

3. The production of high value recombinant products through genetic engineering of algal chloroplast and cyanobacteria.

4. The exploitation of algae for biofuel production.

5. The development of new synthetic biology tools and methodology for genetic engineering of algae.

Teaching Summary

I am joint course organiser for the 1st year undergraduate course BIOC0004: Introduction to Microbiology, and teach the majority of this course. 

I also teach on the following courses:

BIOC0003: Experimental Biochemistry
BIOC0015: Cellular Regulation in Biotechnology, Health & Disease
BIOL0009: Experimental Genetics and Model Systems
BIOL0030: Energy and Evolution
BIOSG006: MRes in Synthetic Biology

I supervise research and literature projects for final year BSc and MSci students in Biosciences, and also supervise a number of PhD students.

Academic Background
2007 FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology University College London
1988 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Molecular Biology University of Cambridge
1984 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Biochemistry University of Bristol
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