Dr. Marie Magnusson is a Research Fellow in the College of Science and Engineering with over 10 years of experience in the fields of algal biology, biochemistry, and product development. Marie is Program Leader at the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology (MACRO) at JCU, in an industry partnered project with MBD Ltd. Her research is focused on ways to utilize algae (macro and micro) and algal extracts for the development of human food and nutra- and pharmaceutical products for improved health outcomes, and for biotechnology products based on algal polysaccharides with unique gelling and functional properties. Specific research interests are the development and empirical testing of biorefinery models to maximize biomass utilization and value for marine and freshwater algae grown in the bioremediation of aquaculture and municipal waste waters. Marie’s expertise includes the development of post-harvest processing methods and characterization of the biochemical composition of biomass and extracts, to match production with end-product use.  

  • Innovative applications for algal resources and biotechnologies
  • Algal biomass and bioproducts
  • Algal biochemistry and compositional analysis
  • Human health and nutrition
  • 2016 to present - Program Leader, Centre for Macroalgal Resources & Biotechnology, James Cook University, (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2012 to 2016 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Macroalgal End Product research and development, James Cook University, (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2009 to 2012 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Microalgal biomass evaluation, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2005 - PhD, James Cook University, (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2003 to 2004 - MSc, Göteborg University (Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • 1999 to 2003 - BSc, including 1 yr (2002) at James Cook University (Townsville, Australia), Göteborg University (Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • 2004 - National Dyrrsen Award for best MSc thesis in Marine Sciences submitted in 2004, Sweden, SEK 10,000
  • 2013 - American Oil Chemist Society (AOCS)
  • 2006 - Australasian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany (ASPAB)
  • 2017 - Associate Editor, Algal Research https://www.journals.elsevier.com/algal-research
  • 2009 - Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)
  • 2005 to 2009 - AIMS@JCU PhD scholarship
  • 2005 to 2009 - School of Tropical Biology school scholarship, and School of Pharmacy and Molecular sciences school scholarship, JCU

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