MEET THE TEAM
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.
Mike leads the team, primarily based at the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory in Devon, UK.
'I am Mike's senior minion and an algae molecular biochemist meaning I love DNA and algae! It is during winter that I love the beaches the most; the empty eerie look of the ocean but on closer inspection, full of life. I think that algae is awesome as they are so diverse and beautiful - my favourite is Rhodamonas reticulata because it looks like it is wearing a woolly jumper! I think algae are amazing as they are relatively simple to genetically modify so they can produce lots of useful things like: oil, biofuels, fishfood and even a replacement for fish oil tablets!'
'I love science communication and believe it is really important to share science with others to inspire behaviour changes and conserve our oceans.
I am the team's go-to outreach guru, working with local communities, universities and organisations to share our research with people all over the world..'
'I love the sea whether I'm studying the invisible biology of it or kayaking on top of it. When I'm not at sea, I'm usually in land climbing up walls and enjoying the outdoors!
I am the team's AFM (atomic force microscopy) wizard. I use the magic of AFM to feel how things look which is pretty cool!'
'I have a background in environmental science and specialise in cellular & molecular biology.
I am fascinated by the diversity of microalgae, whether from the sea, the mountain glaciers or next door's pond. On the days to days I work in the lab with model species such as Phaeodactylum tricornutum. I am always surprised by how easy it is to cultivate and handle it. I am convinced that microalgae will continue to gain interest from the biotech industry for many more years!'
FRIENDS OF BLUEMICROBE
As a team, we enjoy working with others and are always welcoming to visiting researchers and students.
We’ve worked with some great people over the years and had a lot of fun in the process.! We are notoriously bad at taking photos though, so if you have any you want to share, send them to Mike and we’ll get them uploaded!