Dr Christopher Glasson

Christopher Glasson

Senior Research Fellow

Qualifications: PhD (Chemistry)

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About Christopher

Chris leads the biorefinery and bioproducts programme within the Entrepreneurial Universities Macroalgal Biotechnology Programme. His research is multifaceted, broadly focusing on the conversion of cultivated algal biomasses into value-added products. There is a major focus on the development of innovative algal products produced sustainably in applications that transform people and their environment. These transformations primarily originate from products that target human and animal health and nutrition, sustainable agricultural practices, and sustainably produced biomaterials.

Research Supervised

Sulfated polysaccharides (ulvan) from Ulva ohnoi (Chlorophyta): Identifying parameters for structure-­activity relationships (PhD, external)

Research Interests

Chris' research interests are in the development of biotechnologies from macroalgae. His current research focuses on algal product development and biorefinery processes targeting algal bioproducts. Current projects focused on using algal macromolecules, such as sulfated polysaccharides (SPs) and cellulose, to create a number of high performance algal products for use in functional foods, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and biotechnologies (e.g. wound dressing and tissue engineering).

Recent Publications

  • Lawton, R. J., Glasson, C. R. K., Novis, P. M., Sutherland, J. E., & Magnusson, M. E. (2021). Productivity and municipal wastewater nutrient bioremediation performance of new filamentous green macroalgal cultivars. Journal of Applied Phycology. doi:10.1007/s10811-021-02595-w

  • du Preez, R., Magnusson, M., Majzoub, M. E., Thomas, T., Praeger, C., Glasson, C. R. K., . . . Brown, L. (2021). Brown Seaweed Sargassum siliquosum as an Intervention for Diet-Induced Obesity in Male Wistar Rats. Nutrients, 13(6), 1754. doi:10.3390/nu13061754 Open Access version:

  • Kidgell, J. T., Carnachan, S. M., Magnusson, M., Lawton, R. J., Sims, I. M., Hinkley, S. F. R., . . . Glasson, C. R. K. (2021). Are all ulvans equal? A comparative assessment of the chemical and gelling properties of ulvan from blade and filamentous Ulva. Carbohydrate Polymers, 264. doi:10.1016/j.carbpol.2021.118010

  • Lawton, R. J., Sutherland, J. E., Glasson, C. R. K., & Magnusson, M. E. (2021). Selection of temperate Ulva species and cultivars for land-based cultivation and biomass applications. Algal Research, 56. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2021.102320

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Biotechnology; Chemistry

Aquaculture, Macroalgae, Bioproducts, Biorefinery