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.

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Casey Bajema

Casey maintains a broad range of biological, environmental, molecular and genetic data within a fully-integrated database. Casey applies quality assurance procedures to ensure data integrity and accurate information is accessible to several academic and research institutions and industry partners as part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Hub (ITRH) for Advanced Prawn Breeding.
Casey maintains a range of data from commercial prawn farm data to experimental research data, through to next generation sequencing and whole genome datasets for prawns using MySQL (Structured Query Language) databases.

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Alessandro Carini

Alessandro Delli Paoli Carini

Alessandro is part of the Animal Nutrition and Health project within the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology, working as a research assistant for Dr Matthew Vucko and Dr Alex Angell. His role involves the construction and management of animal trials using H. pluvialis and Ulva spp. to improve colour and health in fish and prawns. Alessandro also spend some of his time collaborating with the Viet-Uc prawn fram, based in Vietnam.

Nathan Cleasby

Nathan Cleasby

Nathan manages the day-to-day operations of the purpose built 200,000 L recirculating aquaculture facility dedicated to the cultivation of marine and freshwater macroalgae. In consultation with researchers, he adapts the infrastructure to suit experimental needs for macroalgae and animal trials.

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Julie Goldsbury

Julie undertakes technical research activities in relation to the detection of pathogens in the black tiger prawn and other aquaculture species, along with analyses to determine DNA-based parentage. She conducts molecular-based pathogen detection assays for prawn diseases; microsatellite and SNP based DNA parentage determination; entry into databases; report writing; industry liaison and routine laboratory sampling. Julie works multiple industry-sponsored projects.

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Melissa Joyce

Melissa combines her research and administrative skills to provide support to the Director of the CSTFA and students within the Fishing & Fisheries Research Team. Melissa has previously worked and studied within the aquaculture department with a focus on freshwater crayfish and grouper nutrition.

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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.


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.


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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Sandra Hughes

Research Project Officer

Sandra provides information, operational and administrative support services to the Director and other executive personnel within the ARC ITRH. Sandra assists with special projects and initiatives within the hub, contributes to submissions and requests for data and information and is a key contributor to the communication interface between the ARC ITRH Executive Team.

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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 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.

Shanae Read

Shanae Read

Shanae is part of the Animal Nutrition and Health project within the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology, working as a research assistant for Dr Matthew Vucko and Dr Alex Angell. Her role involves the setup of infrastructure for animal trials, the integration of microalgae and macroalgae into the animal feeds, and the day-to-day husbandry of rotifers, fish and prawns.