Portrait of Rocky de Nys

Prof Rocky de Nys

E rocky.denys@jcu.edu.au   P +61 7 4781 4412

As the Theme Leader of the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology, Rocky’s role focuses on the planning, organisational and management requirements for the successful delivery of multi-disciplinary research and its application. Rocky manages industry partnerships that take the outcomes of our work to deliver innovative products and processes ranging from food products to fertilisers, and biological carbon capture and storage using biochar.

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Marie Magnusson

Dr Marie Magnusson

E marie.magnusson@jcu.edu.au   P +61 7 4781 5761

Dr Magnusson leads the Human health and nutrition project and is Program Leader at the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. She has over 10 years of experience in working with various aspects of micro- and macroalgal biology, biochemistry, and cultivation. In her current role, Marie’s research is focused on the post-harvest processing and analysis of the biochemical composition of biomass from macroalgae grown in the bioremediation of aquaculture and municipal waste waters, in order to tailor production and processing parameters for specific end-product use as human food, nutraceuticals and animal feed.

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Dr Alex Angell

E alex.angell@jcu.edu.au   P +61 7 4781 4778

Dr Angell is part of the Animal Nutrition and Health project within the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. His research focuses on the development of algal feed and algal feed additives for aquaculture production systems. Dr Angell is working with domestic and international industry partners to develop a number of algal feed products that aim to improve the quality, production and health of aquaculture animals.

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Staff Cole

Dr Andrew Cole

E andrew.cole3@jcu.edu.au   P +61 7 4781 5250

Dr Cole leads the Products from Oedogonium project within the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. This program works on aquatic waste streams from diverse industries, including aquaculture, agriculture and municipal waste. It aims to optimise macroalgal biomass production and bioremediation for each waste stream at scales that are relevant to industry needs. The overarching goal is to provide a cost effective option for nutrient bioremediation and a platform for sustainable and commercially viable macroalgal biomass production.

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Dr Chris Glasson

E christopher.glasson@jcu.edu.au   P +61 7 4781 6245

Dr Glasson leads the Biorefinery project in the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. His research is focused on algal sulfated polysaccharides (ASPs) known for their interesting biological activities, including antiviral, antioxidant, anticoagulant, antihyperlipidemic, anticancer, and immunomodulatory behaviours. Dr Glasson’s research involves relating the structural attributes of ASPs to their biological activities in order to develop structure-activity relationships that guide the manufacture and application of ASP products. The targeted applications for ASP products include multifunctional food additives, nutraceuticals, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

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Portrait of Nicholas Neveux

Dr Nicholas Neveux

E nicolas.neveux@jcu.edu.au   P + 61 7 4781 4778

Dr Neveux is part of the Fertilisers and biostimulants project within the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. His work focuses on the production of marine and freshwater macroalgae in integrated land-based systems, particularly in the context of bioremediation of aquaculture effluents and municipal wastewater. He is also involved in the research and development of valuable bioproducts derived from macroalgae, including nutraceuticals, human food, animal feed, biofuels and fertilisers.

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Portrait of Tine Praeger

Dr Tine Praeger

tine.praeger@jcu.edu.au   P +61 7 4781 4835

Dr Praeger's research focuses on the controlled reproduction of macroalgae at scale in order to provide a reliable source of seedlings. A central theme of her work is the development of bioremediation technologies for the aquaculture industry with a research focus on innovative, sustainable and tailored cultivation technologies of high-value seaweeds, in particular filamentous green seaweeds. Dr Praeger is the recipient of a Queensland Accelerate Fellowship with the Queensland Government and industry partners MBD Energy and Pacific Reef Fisheries to develop novel techniques for the settlement and grow-out of a high-value seaweed species.

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Portrait of Matthew Vucko

Dr Matthew Vucko

E matthew.vucko@jcu.edu.au   P +61 7 4781 5343

Dr Vucko leads the Animal Nutrition and Health project within the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. His research focuses on the development of algal feed and algal feed additives for animal production systems and aims to (i) demonstrate the potential of using algae as an alternative protein source for non-ruminant herbivores; (ii) develop sustainable algal feed supplements for ruminant grazers; and (iii) reduce methane emissions in ruminants using the natural secondary metabolites found in algae.

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