Training a New generation of Researchers in Offshore Seaweed Aquaculture to Produce High-value Chemicals - SeaChem

Julie Grivotte

DC6, University of Galway

After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Rouen (France), Julie decided to specialise with a Master’s degree in Plant Science. Her decision to follow this path was highly influenced  by the current climate crisis. Indeed, she believes there is a crucial need for more environmentally friendly farming systems and she hopes to contribute to this change.

After gaining some experience as a research assistant in a laboratory specialised in glycobiology, she decided to bring her academic career to the next level by taking on a PhD research project at the University of Galway (Ireland). Her experience with controlled growth experiments and polysaccharide analysis should be valuable assets in order to identify key drivers for optimised yield of industrially important polysaccharides (DC6). Moving from studying plants to studying seaweeds represents a promising challenge she is thrilled to face. More importantly, she believes seaweeds have a huge unexploited potential and could become important sustainable ressources in the future.

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