Project title: Characterisation of Photosynthetic Apparatus of Symbiodinum Exposed to Bleaching Condition
Supervisor: Professor Peter Ralph
Co-supervisor: Dr. Alonso Zavaleta Fernandez de Cordova
External co-supervisor: Dr. Milan Szabo
I graduated with Bachelor’s degree (1st Class Honors) in Plant Sciences and Master’s degree in Applied Microbiology from Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Since spring session 2017, I am an international PhD candidate within the Climate Change Cluster (C3). My research interests are protein biochemistry, algal metabolic engineering and fluorescence photobiology.
Algae of the genus Symbiodinum is unicellular algae in the phylum Dinoflagellata. Naturally, Symbiodinium sp. lives in symbiosis with scleractinian corals and in ecophysiological studies it may serve as bleaching indicator for marine ecosystem and coastal organisms, due to its high sensitivity to temperature and irradiance. Additionally, the products from dinoflagellate including pigments and toxins are potentially used for pharmaceutical properties, biotechnology research, biomedical science and also novel source of biofuel production.
The cultivation of dinoflagellate Symbiodinium by using bioreactor is one of the most promising methodology because it is easy to control cultivation conditions, provide higher biomass more than open pond system and demonstrate ability to scaling up for industrial production. Therefore, this project attempts to optimise high performance photobioreactor system for producing biomass from free-living and hospite Symbiodinium. The characterisation of photosynthetic apparatus of Symbiodinum will be evaluated by using chlorophyll fluorescence and spectroscopic method to understand phenotypic signature of bleaching cells. This recent knowledge in development of bioreactor to cultivate dinoflagellate Symbiodinium could provide a new aspect to insight on coral bleaching and also extend opportunity in commercialization Symbiodinium bioactive compounds in the nearly future.
- Optimise the growth conditions in photobioreactor for free-living and hospite Symbiodinium cultivation
- Evaluate photosynthetic properties of Symbiodinium by using chlorophyll fluorescence and spectroscopic methods
- Characterise photosynthetic apparatus and understand phenotypic signature of bleaching cells
- UTS international Research Scholarship
- UTS President’s Scholarship
- Australian Research Council’s Linkage Top Up