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Biography

I am on a mission to change the way people perceive and use microalgae.

Prior to this, microalgae biomass was insufficiently characterised to enable full exploitation of the benefits as sustainable feedstock and ingredients for humans.

My past research provided the tools and strategies to advance the understanding of microalgae uses. We unveiled microalgae's potential as antioxidant sources through food industry-driven research questions, while considering mounting concerns on the impacts of climate change via climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.

This research vision aligns to UN SDG2.2, by introducing an alternative food biomass from aquatic sources with low carbon emission, highly nutritious and proven antioxidant properties.

My on-going research will continue to provide innovative and sustainable bioactive ingredient to benefit food companies and end-users for health and well-being maintenance. 

I welcome collaborations from both industry, academia, and the curious mind. Please write to me at foo.suchern@monash.edu.

Research interests

  • Microalgae biology, biochemistry and biotechnology
  • Microalgae value chain: mass cultivation, harvesting, process technology, bioactive compound and microencapsulation
  • Valorization of microalgae applications including but not limited to nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, bioremediation and biofuel industry

Monash teaching commitment

  • BIO3810 (Tropical Aquatic Biology)
  • SCI1800 (Introduction to environmental sustainability)

Supervision interests

I am always on the lookout for self-driven and hardworking students

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Aquatic Biotechnology, PhD, Universiti Putra Malaysia (University Putra Malaysia)

20122017

Award Date: 3 Apr 2017

BSc(Biology), BSC(Hons), Universiti Putra Malaysia (University Putra Malaysia)

20082011

Research area keywords

  • Algae
  • Bioprocessing
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Bioactive Compounds
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Antioxidants
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Carotenoids
  • Sustainability
  • Bioprospecting
  • Microencapsulation for food engineering
  • Circular Economy

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