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Fernanda De Miranda Vasconcelos

I am a PhD student at the department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies, and my research is about how to optimize microalgae and lipids production using community ecology as a tool.


My PhD project ideas are inspired by the applied issue whether microalgae can be converted into useful biomaterials, e.g. biofuels, and the fundamental issue whether this can be achieved with single algal species or whether biodiversity and algal community composition can be used to achieve these goals.

I started my PhD studies in January 2018 but few months before I was writing my project together with my supervisors Anders, Sebastian, Christiane and Maria.
The project is funded by the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. All the laboratory work will be done at Umeå University.


Anders Alanärä, Professor at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, SLU

Sebastian Diehl, Professor at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University

Christiane Funk, Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Umeå University

Maria Stockenreiter, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology II, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univeristät München

Selected publications

Ferro L., Miranda F., Gentili F., Funk C. Photosynthesis at high latitudes: Adaptation of photosynthetic microorganisms to Nordic climates. In Lee N. (Ed.). 2019. Biotechnological Applications of Extremophilic Microorganisms. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. (in press)