FF21 Lab Quickly Pivots to COVID-19 Research

FF21 UC San Diego
May 7, 2020

A team of Food and Fuel for the 21st Century researchers working on a DOE grant focused on helping reduce the cost of algae biomass used to produce renewable fuels, has refocused efforts to aid in the effort to combat the Covid-19 epidemic. The team of Postdoc Anthony Berndt (FF21), Researcher Frank Fields (FF21), Postdoc Ashley Sproles (FF21), Asst Project Scientist Ryan Simkovsky (FF21) Grad Students Bijie Ren and Yasin Torres (Biology) and Professor Stephen Mayfield (FF21) are applying their system developed for the production of high value recombinant proteins, to produce a portion of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein for use in antibody testing assays. Collaborating with UCSD scientists from the UCSD Medical Center, the Skaggs Schools of Pharmacy, and the Tata Institute, the team will use this recombinant protein to develop ELISA assays for population-scale screening to identify individuals with antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Identifying immune individuals will be an enormous help to restarting the economy and protecting health care workers. To read more about this important research click here.



In Memory of Mark Hildebrand

Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Aug 20, 2018

We are sorry to report the passing of marine biologist Mark Hildebrand, the leader of one of the United States' top centers for algal biofuel research.



A Guilt-Free Flip-Flop

UC San Diego News Center
Aug 16, 2018

The world’s first flip-flop that is sustainable, biodegradable and invented by students at UC San Diego!


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Enroll Today: Introduction to Algae Online Course

FF21 UC San Diego
Feb 26, 2018

New online course: Introduction to Algae, available now through Coursera. Taught by Dr. Steve Mayfield (UCSD) and Dr. Ira "Ike" Levine (University of Southern Maine"), this course is an excellent opportunity to explore the fascinating field of algae from some of industry's and academia's foremost experts.



Michael Burkart and William Gerwick named 2017 AAAS Fellows

UC San Diego News Center
Nov 20, 2017

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general science organization in the United States and publisher of the journal Science, has awarded the distinction of fellow to six UC San Diego professors.   Read more »


A Flip Flop Revolution

Triton Magazine
Oct 6, 2017

UC San Diego students and researchers have produced the world’s first algae-based, renewable flip flops. The first prototypes of their new invention, developed over the summer in a York Hall chemistry laboratory, consist of a flexible, spongy slipper adorned with a Triton logo and a simple strap—fairly basic, as flip flops go.   Read more »


Solar Fuels Conference Comes to Campus

UC San Diego News Center
Jun 18, 2017

More than 300 researchers from around the world will travel to UC San Diego next month for an international meeting designed to showcase new biological and chemical approaches to utilizing solar energy for direct fuel production. Officially billed as the second biannual International Solar Fuels conference, the scientific meeting is being held on U.S. soil for the first time.   Read more »

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FF21 Biologist Named Pew Scholar

UC San Diego News Center
Jun 15, 2017

Rachel Dutton and Elizabeth Villa, researchers in UC Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences, have been selected as Pew scholars in biomedical sciences. Selected as part of a group of 22 exceptional early-career researchers, Dutton and Villa each will receive four years of flexible funding to pursue foundational research.   Read more »

Outdoor GM Algae Field Trial

Algae May Help Feed a Hungry World

Learning English
Jun 12, 2017

Nearly 790 million people around the world do not get enough to eat. Most of them live in developing countries.Many parts of the developing world do not have transportation systems in place that can bring food to people. It can be difficult to get food to those who need it without good roads and other necessary infrastructure..   Read more »

Outdoor GM Algae Field Trial

Cal-CAB Scientists Complete First EPA-Approved Outdoor Field Trial for Genetically Engineered Algae

UC San Diego News Center
May 4, 2017

FF21 scientists at the University of California San Diego teamed up with Sapphire Energy to successfully complete the first outdoor field trial sanctioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for genetically engineered algae.   Read more »



Founders Celebration Festivities Kick Off Nov. 12 10/8/15

Surfing's Clean Break 10/01/15

Algae, Innovating the Future 09/09/15

Growing Foam 08/25/15

DOE funds 2 algae biomass projects under Carbon Capture Program  08/19/15

6 New Things Happening with Biofuels 06/19/15

EERE Success Story—Bioenergy Technologies Office R&D with University of California San Diego Results in First Algae Surfboard 05/19/15

UC San Diego Professors Elected to National Academy of Sciences 04/28/15

Surviving the next population boom with resistant crops and biofuels 04/23/15

World’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard produced by UC San Diego biology and chemistry students 04/23/15

San Diego Featured as One of "World's Smart Cities" in National Geographic Documentary 04/14/2015

How Scientists Are Engineering Algae To Fuel Your Car And Cure Cancer 03/30/15

Green Revolution 2.0: Advancing from lab to industrial algae production 03/23/15

Meeting on ‘Green Revolution 2.0’ Draws Researchers and New Ideas 03/19/215

MiraCosta, Mesa Colleges Chosen To Offer 4-Year Degrees 01/20/2015


Algae's promise rebounds after setbacks 10/06/14

Building Agricultural Research 10/03/14

Opinion: The Planet Needs More Plant Scientists 10/01/14

Algae as biofuel focus of summit 09/29/14

San Diego's Thriving Algae Biotechnology Industry Continues to Fuel Region's Economy 06/24/14

Algae Science Articles — Stephen P. Mayfield and the UCSD Laboratory 05/04/14

Dr. Stephen Mayfield: When Will Algae-based Transportation Fuels Be

Economically Viable? 04/17/14

Biologists Develop Nanosensors to Visualize Movements and Distribution of Plant Stress Hormone 04/15/14

Research Highlight: Powered by Plankton 04/07/14

Scale the Trick in Getting Algal Biofuel Cost Down 03/08/2014

UC San Diego Takes Top Two Positions in National Rankings for Biofuel Research 03/04/2014

10 Hottest Trends in Algae: #3 Bring on the Apps 02/25/2014

Algae Biomass Advocates Push Past Exuberance, Aim for Sustainability February 11, 2014

20 Reasons To Love San Diego: #19 Because We Are Using Algae To Fight Cancer February 2014

The Last Decade in Research: "Startling New Avenues of Discovery" January 9, 2014



Environment-harming Fossil Fuel Use Can Be Reduced by Algal Biofuel November 22, 2013

Algal Biofuel Could Help Reduce Environment-Harming Fossil Fuel Use; Researchers Step Closer to Making it a Reality November 21, 2013

Breakthrough in Biofuel from Marine Algae Could Lead to New Energy Source  November 21, 2013

Researchers Engineer Breakthrough for Biofuel Production November 21, 2013

Scripps Oceanography Researchers Engineer Breakthrough for Biofuel Production November 21, 2013

UC San Diego Professors Test Waters of Massive, Open Online Learning October 31, 2013

Algae Biomass Organization Recognizes Six Students with Young Algae Researcher Awards at Algae Biomass Summit in Orlando October 3, 2013

Turning Algae’s Golden Corner: Triton, Sapphire Energy, Heliae, Rincon, and Monsanto October 2, 2013

Triton Algae Innovations Announces $5 Million Series-A Financing September 4, 2013

Under San Diego Sun, Some Clouds for Algae and Solar - June 27, 2013

UC Classes Easing Into Online World - May 7, 2013

New Plant Protein Discoveries Could Ease Global Food and Fuel Demands - May 1, 2013

Quest for Edible Malarial Vaccine Leads to Other Potential Medical Uses for Algae - April 19, 2013

Are Algae Biofuels a Realistic Alternative to Petroleum? March 20, 2013

UC San Diego Biologists Produce Rainbow-Colored Algae - March 7, 2013

UCSD is among 29 universities joining with Coursera - February 21, 2013

Course Seeks to Educate World about Sustainable Food and Energy Issues - February 21, 2013

Algae Fuel Could Help Solve The Navy’s Oil Dependence - January 17, 2013


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