Christian Ridley

Research Associate in Plant Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

I just received my PhD in Plant Biotechnology from the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. My research focuses on the development of industrial-scale algae biotechnology, for applications such as biofuels, nutritional supplements and animal feeds.

During my PhD, I explored whether algal-bacterial consortia could enhance the productivity and stability of algal cultures, so that growing algae at very large scales might be improved. Currently, I am working in the Cambridge Algal Innovation Centre, working with biotechnology companies to explore how we can better exploit algae for more sustainable food, feed and fuels.

I'm broadly interested in science - from microbiology to drug development and space exploration - and in the crossover between science and entrepreneurship.


  • –present
    Researcher in Plant Biotechnology, University of Cambridge


  • 2016 
    University of Cambridge, PhD Plant Sciences