Microalgae are photosynthetic organisms and sunlight provides all the energy needed to support their metabolism. In order to make the industrial applications of microalgae economically and energetically sustainable we need to maximize their efficiency for sunlight exploitation.
In particular, the research carried out at PAR-Lab aims at enriching the molecular toolbox for selected microalgae species and to optimize protocols for the analysis of gene functions in vivo. We currently isolate genetically engineered microalgae in order to improve their photosynthetic capacities and their ability to accumulate high-value compounds in artificial growth environments.
We can verify specific gene function/effects by forward genetics and have expertise in reverse genetics by generating mutant collections to search desired phenotypes and capacities.