Summary: Looking forward to meeting all the Gates 2012 Scholars at the Retreat in late September! And then of course beginning my PhD in Plant Science
I will be studying for a PhD in Plant Sciences at Cambridge. I am looking forward to getting started soon. My area of focus will be understanding algae microbe interactions with the goal being to better understand how to grow algae on a large scale. Algae are an important source for biofuel and other important molecules such as vitamins. They have risen to prominence as a source for biofuel as the use of food crops for biofuel becomes unsustainable. One of the challenges of growing algae on a large scale is contamination by bacteria and other protozoans. Broadly my research seeks to understand symbiotic relations between algae and bacteria, the goal being to increase algal biomass in open pond systems. I hope this work advances our understanding of large scale algae production, making biofuel from algae a competitive alternative energy source.