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University of California, San Diego

Algae Biotechnology

University of California, San Diego via Coursera


For decades, researchers have been studying microalgae to understand their biological functions and how we can use technology to harness algae’s power to create a wide range of commercial products.

In this course, we will cover how synthetic biology, genetic engineering, and metabolic engineering is used in algae biotechnology, and also examine the current state of algae biotechnology research and tools.

We’ll also explore some of the common bio-products we can make from algae, and take a look at some real-world algae companies that are using algae biotechnology to create products consumers can buy today.

This course is part of a series of courses produced by the Algae Technology Educational Consortium and UC San Diego with funding from the Algae Foundation, National Renewable Energy Lab, and the U.S. Department of Energy.


  • Introduction to Algae Biotechnology
  • Genetic and Metabolic Engineering of Algae Part 1
  • Genetic and Metabolic Engineering of Algae Part 2
  • Algae Biotechnology Commercial Production
  • Algae Biotechnology Companies Part 1
  • Algae Biotechnology Companies Part 2

Taught by

Dr. Stephen Mayfield and Ira "Ike" Levine


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