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Dr. Juergen Polle is Professor in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He joined Brooklyn College in Fall 2002 and established the Laboratory for Experimental and Applied Phycology (LEAP). The laboratory combines fundamental research with applied microalgae biotechnology.

For the past 15 years LEAP worked with various microalgae, including unicellular green algae, diatoms, and cyanobacteria. LEAP’s research with green algae focuses on improving biomass productivity, stress metabolism, and biofuels production from microalgae. Research in LEAP was funded for example by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Dr. Polle is recognized for his work on green algae of the genus Dunaliella. Following several years of isolation, screening, and identification of microalgal strains for biomass and lipid productivities as a partner within the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts, several new species of green algae are now under closer investigation regarding growth and stress metabolism. Currently, LEAP applies a comparative systems biology approach to unravel regulatory mechanism governing carbon core metabolism and the molecular switch to abiotic stress metabolism.

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Juergen Polle, PhD


Brooklyn College
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Department: Biology
Disciplines: Microalgal comparative systems biology with a focus on stress metabolism. Applied and fundamental biology in the areas of biofuels and bioproducts.

Research Title

Microalgal comparative systems biology in the area of stress metabolism.

Juergen Polle is a leading expert in microalgae biotechnology. For the past 20 years he worked with various microalgae, including unicellular green algae, diatoms and cyanobacteria. Polle is internationally recognized for his work on algae of the genus Dunaliella. His research on stress biology in green algae focuses on growth and secondary stress metabolism & biofuels production from microalgae. Currently, Dr. Polle compares metabolism of several green algae including Dunaliella salina, Scenedesmus obliquus and Coelastrella spp. 

Polle et al. "Draft Nuclear Genome Sequence of the Halophilic and Beta-Carotene-Accumulating Green Alga Dunaliella salina Strain CCAP19/18", Genome Announcements, in press

US Department of Energy, Office of Sciences

Genomics and transcriptomics of green algae.

Computational support by providing server access for genome assemblies, transcriptome assemblies, and functional annotations.