Lauren Mills

Lauren Mills


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Key Research Interests

I am a current PhD student, here at UEA, where my main area of research is to optimise cyanobacteria metabolism for the production of biofuel and industrial compounds. Cyanobacteria are important potential biotechnology platforms due to their ability to utilise energy, derived from sunlight, to convert CO2 and water into industrially important chemicals.

My primary supervisor is Dr David Lea-Smith and this project is in collaboration with Cyanetics. This project is funded by the BBSRC as part of their Doctoral Training Program.

Academic Background

I graduated from Newcastle University with a First-Class degree in BSc Cellular and Molecular Biology. My final year involved me carrying out an investigation into the effects of ciliate populations on White Syndrome disease in corals, and the effects of metronidazole on the spread and vivaciousness of the disease. 

During my time at Newcastle, I participated in the University’s 2016 iGEM team. This project involved taking synthetic biology back to its roots and attempted to augment an electronic system with biology.


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