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Chemistry postdoc makes 'micro-labs' for algae

Courtesy University of Cambridge; Nick Saffel

Department of Chemistry postdoctoral researcher Dr Ziyi Yu has been featured in the University of Cambridge's "This Cambridge Life" series.  

Dr Yu is a member of Professor Chris Abell's group on micro-droplets research.  The research lab is part of a group of universities working on the potential of algae as a source of oils such as fatty acids or lipids.  "Our contribution is to devise a way of identifying strains [of algae] that are particularly high in fatty acids," says Dr Yu in the article.  "We're using tiny micro-droplets as a specific 'home' for algae, where millions of algae cells have individual micro-droplet 'accommodations.'

In the article, Dr Yu also talks about the difficulty of learning to improve his English, and his fondness for British food: "I love fish and chips!" he says, as well as "full English breakfasts".  He has grown to love Cambridge and the surrounding areas and concludes: "When I return to China, I will always think of Cambridge as a second home."

The complete version of this story can be seen in the University of Cambridge "This Cambridge Life" series of articles.