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  Invited speakers

 Professor Dr. John Beardall

Monash University, Australia

Theme: Photophysiology of microalgae

Prof. John Beardall is interested in algal ecophysiological responses, particularly in CO2 acquisition and environmental modulation of CO2 concentrating mechanisms in microalgae. His current research foci are on the impacts of ocean acidification and heavy metals on microalgae, as well as using microalgae for wastewater purification and biodiesel production.

Selected publications:

Bourke MF,  Marriott PJ,   Glud RN, Hasler-Sheetal H, Kamalanathan M, Beardall J, Greening C, Perran L.M. Cook PLM (2016) Eukaryotic dark fermentation dominates metabolism during anoxia in permeable sediments.   Nature Geoscience 10, 30-35

Dao  L and Beardall J (2016) Effects of lead on two green microalgae Chlorella and Scenedesmus: Photosystem II activity and heterogeneity. Algal Research  16: 150-159

Mikulic P and Beardall J (2014) Contrasting toxicity effects of zinc on growth and photosynthesis in a neutrophilic alga (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii) and an extremophilic alga (Cyanidium caldarium). Chemosphere 112: 402-411.

Pierangelini M,   Stojkovic S, Philip T. Orr PT,   Beardall J (2014) Elevated CO2 causes changes in the photosynthetic apparatus of a toxic cyanobacterium, Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii. Journal of Plant Physiology   171 :  1091–1098    DOI: 10.1016/j.jplph.2014.04.003

Pierangelini M,   Stojkovic S, Philip T. Orr PT,   Beardall J (2015) Photo-acclimation to low light – changes from growth to antenna size in the cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii. Harmful Algae 46: 11-17

Raven JA, Giordano M, Beardall J and Maberly SC (2012) Algal Evolution in Relation to Atmospheric CO2: Carboxylases, Carbon Concentrating Mechanisms and Carbon Oxidation Cycles. Phil Trans Roy Soc B. 367: 493-507.

Spijkerman E, Stojkovic S, Holland D, Lachmann S & Beardall J (2015) Nutrient induced fluorescence transients (NIFTs) provide a rapid measure of P and C (co-)limitation in a green alga. European Journal of Phycology 51: 47-58

Varshney P, Sohoni S , Wangikar P. P., Beardall J (2016) Effect of high CO2 concentrations on the growth and macromolecular composition of a heat- and high-light–tolerant microalga. Journal of Applied Phycology DOI 10.1007/s10811-016-0797-4

Wong C-Y,   Teoh M-L,   Phang S-M and  Beardall J. (2015) Interactive effects of temperature and UV radiation on photosynthesis of Chlorella spp. from polar, temperate and tropical environments: differential impacts on repair and damage. PlosONE 10(10): e0139469. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0139469


Professor Dr. Dong WEI

South China University of Technology, P.R. China



Theme: Omics study of microalgae: principle, technologies and application

 Using transcriptomic and metabolomic technologies, Prof. Dong WEI recently works on understanding the effects of abiotic stresses (e.g nitrate and phosphate deprivation, salt stress, CO2 supplementation), and metabolic fluxes in microalgae for response and adaptation to stress conditions. Prof. Wei’s work are exploring the possibility of using microalgae for CO2 sequestration and bioconversion to biomass, and providing new insight on molecular regulation in algal survival under stress and application in algal oil production.

Selected publications:

Zhu, B., Chen, G., Cao, X., Wei, D., Molecular characterization of CO2 sequestration and assimilation in microalgae and its biotechnological applications, Bioresource Technology (2017), doi:

Huifeng Peng, Dong Wei, Gu Chen, Feng Chen. Transcriptome analysis reveals global regulation in response to CO2 supplementation in oleaginous microalga Coccomyxa subellipsoidea C-169. Biotechnology for Biofuels (2016) 9:151 (2015 IF6.44)

Na Lu, Jun-hui Chen, Dong Wei, Feng Chen, Gu Chen. Global metabolic regulation of the snow alga Chlamydomonas nivalis in response to nitrate or phosphate deprivation by a metabolome profile analysis. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 694. (2015 IF 3.25)

Chen, J., Liu, X., Wei, D., Chen, G., High yields of fatty acid and neutral lipid production from cassava bagasse hydrolysate (CBH) by heterotrophic Chlorella protothecoides, Bioresource Technology 191 (2015) 281-290

Lu N, Wei D, Chen F, Yang S-T, Lipidomic profiling reveals lipid regulation in the snow alga Chlamydomonas nivalis in response to nitrate or phosphate deprivation, Process Biochemistry 48 (2013) 605-613

Na Lu, Dong Wei, Xiao-Li Jiang, Feng Chen, Shang-Tian Yang. Regulation of lipid metabolism in snow alga Chlamydomonas nivalis under NaCl stress: An integrated analysis by cytomic and lippidomic approaches. Process Biochemistry 47 (2012) 1163-1170.

Na Lu, Dong Wei, Xiao-Li Jiang, Feng Chen, Shang-Tian Yang. Fatty Acids Profiling and Biomarker Identification in Snow Alga Chlamydomonas nivalis under NaCl Stress Using GC/MS and Multivariate Statistical Analysis. Analytical Letters 45:1-12, 2012.

Na Lu, Dong Wei, Feng Chen, Shang-Tian Yang. Lipidomic profiling and discovery of lipid biomarkers in snow alga Chlamydomonas nivalis under salt stress. Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 2012, 114, 253-265.

Qin, L., Liu, L., Zeng, A-P., Wei, D., From low-cost substrates to single cell oils synthesized by oleaginous yeasts, Bioresource Technology (2017), doi: 2017.05.163

Lu Liu, Georg Pohnert, Dong Wei. Extracellular metabolites from industrial microalgae and their biotechnological potential. Mar. Drugs  2016, 14, 191 (2015 IF 3.345)

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