Our algal research focuses on both micro-algae and seaweed.

We aim to understand how micro-algae concentrate CO2 and are using this knowledge to engineer higher plants to improve photosynthetic performance.

Researchers in CNAP are also exploring how seaweed can be used to provide valuable bioactive compounds and commodity chemicals.

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Professor Neil Bruce
Department of Biology
neil.bruce@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 328777
Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York YO10 5DD

Our projects

Acrylic acid production from seaweed

We are investigating acrylic acid production in an environmentally friendly way from the macroalga Ulva.

Biomass valorisation of seaweed

We are exploring different ways to turn seaweed biomass into useful products.

Function and organisation of the pyrenoid

We are advancing knowledge of the pyrenoid structure and function across diverse algae to enable pyrenoid engineering in plants.

Whole cell protein spatial organisation

We are working to understand the location, interactors and function of every cellular component for a photosynthetic organism.

Understanding algal CO₂ fixation

We focus on how photosynthetic microbes efficiently transport CO₂ from their surrounding environment and concentrate it in the principle carbon fixing enzyme.

Postgraduate study

We have several opportunities to further your study.

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Partnerships

We work closely with a broad range of partners to tackle the challenges of the 21st Century.

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Contact us

Professor Neil Bruce
Department of Biology
neil.bruce@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 328777
Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York YO10 5DD