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Dr Mike Allen

Dr Mike Allen

Honorary University Fellow


Dr Mike Allen is a Microbial Biochemist at PML, an Honorary Fellow and Visiting Professor at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at University of Exeter and an Honorary Fellow of the School of Physics at Bristol University. His interests are varied and encompass both blue skies and applied research topics. Blue skies research focuses mainly on understanding the role of viruses in the ocean using genomic, proteomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches. Applied research focuses on biocatalysis, bioremediation, biotransformation, bioprocessing and technology development.

Mike’s current academic research projects include co-evolution of coccolithophores and coccolithoviruses, sphingolipid biosynthesis, novel protein characterisation, lytic and latent phytoplankton viruses, phytoplankton and virus isolation. Applied projects include biofuel production and processing, bioremediation, water sanitation, high throughput liquid processing and the development of novel photobioreactor technologies for promoting microalgal growth. Mike is a founding member of the GW4 AVaRICE Consortium (

Current and recent funding sources include The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, BBSRC-Phyconet and Innovate UK.

For more information on Mike, follow him @Mike_J_Allen on twitter, see his PML web profile.


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