Anna Purcell

Anna is part of the Fertilisers and biostimulants program with the  Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology, working as a research assistant for Dr David Roberts and Dr Nicolas Neveux. Her role involves the construction and management of ‘bioproduct’ experiments as well as the maintenance and upscale of marine macroalgae cultures. Anna has also worked with Dave in the area of bioremediation of aquaculture effluents and wastewater.


Dr Tze Loon Neoh

Dr Tze Loon Neoh assists Dr Marie Magnusson who leads the Human Health and Nutrition group within the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. Loon is involved in the post-harvest processing and analysis of the biochemical composition of biomass from macroalgae, focusing on the extraction and concentration of functional compounds and natural secondary metabolites found in macroalgal biomass to match end-product applications such as human food, alternative agrifeed, nutraceuticals and other high-value products which promote human health.

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Tom Mannering

Tom assists in the Municipal wastewater treatment program 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. In his current role, Tom assists in the setup, running and data management of the bioremediation experiments.


Maria Andrade-Martinez

Maria works in the Biorefinery program within Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. Maria assesses the biochemical composition of macroalgal biomass and focuses on different extraction techniques of sulphated polysaccharides (ASPs) to find the most appropriate methods for use on an industrial scale. These ASPs have numerous applications such as multifunctional food additives, nutraceuticals, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Maria also works in the Human Health and Nutrition program focusing on the controlled reproduction and tailored seeding techniques of the macroalgae Ulva tepida to provide a reliable and sustainable source of biomass for commercial production.


Josh Masel

Josh joined MACRO in early 2016 to learn about freshwater bioremediation. Under the guidance of Dr Andrew Cole, Josh assists with the production of freshwater macroalgae and bioremediation projects at the Cleveland Bay wastewater treatment facility. This work is being done to upscale freshwater bioremediation and commercialise this technology with MBD.