Advisor: Dr. Subhash Minocha
Research Topic: Microalgae involvement in Biofuel: Dunaliella
My thesis project has three objectives: (1) develop and utilize a reliable protocol for the transformation of Dunaliella, (2) see if nitrogen starvation accumulates more lipids, and finally (3) see if more nitrogen sequestration in polyamines also induce lipid production. Nutrient availability has a great impact on growth of microalgae and broad effects on their lipid and FA composition. Nitrogen is the most critical nutrient affecting lipid metabolism in algae.