Dr Keelan Lawlor

PDRA (Molecular Phytoplankton Ecology)

Keelan Lawlor smiling in laboratory


Keywords: Plankton

My research currently focuses on developing molecular tools to better understand and predict harmful algal blooms (HABs) as part of the ACTNOW project. I have previously worked investigating macroalgae-bacteria interactions and post-harvest degradation kinetics of macroalgal biomass. I am also interested in extraction kinetics of lipid biomolecules during scale-up, the development/modification of industrial extraction methods to accommodate new feedstocks and the application and development of low-cost hyperspectral image sensor systems and the novel applications of these technologies.I have previously worked on novel (food science) applications of marine microalgae derived biomolecules (specifically complex lipids), their characterisation and functionality based on their physical properties.