Dr Christopher Glasson

Senior Research Fellow

Qualifications: PhD (Chemistry)

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About Christopher

Chris leads the biorefinery and bioproducts programme within the Entrepreneurial Universities Macroalgal Biotechnology Programme. His research is multifaceted, broadly focusing on the conversion of cultivated algal biomasses into value-added products. There is a major focus on the development of innovative algal products produced sustainably in applications that transform people and their environment. These transformations primarily originate from products that target human and animal health and nutrition, sustainable agricultural practices, and sustainably produced biomaterials.

Research Interests

Chris' research interests are in the development of biotechnologies from macroalgae. His current research focuses on algal product development and biorefinery processes targeting algal bioproducts. Current projects focused on using algal macromolecules, such as sulfated polysaccharides (SPs) and cellulose, to create a number of high performance algal products for use in functional foods, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and biotechnologies (e.g. wound dressing and tissue engineering).

Research Supervised

Sulfated polysaccharides (ulvan) from Ulva ohnoi (Chlorophyta): Identifying parameters for structure-­activity relationships (PhD, external)


Biotechnology; Chemistry

Aquaculture, Macroalgae, Bioproducts, Biorefinery

Recent Publications

  • Kidgell, J. T., Glasson, C. R. K., Magnusson, M., Vamvounis, G., Sims, I. M., Carnachan, S. M., . . . Taki, A. C. (2020). The molecular weight of ulvan affects the in vitro inflammatory response of a murine macrophage. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 150, 839-848. doi:10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2020.02.071

  • Glasson, C. R. K., Donnet, L., Angell, A., Vucko, M. J., Lorbeer, A. J., Vamvounis, G., . . . Magnusson, M. (2019). Multiple response optimisation of the aqueous extraction of high quality ulvan from Ulva ohnoi. Bioresource Technology Reports, 7. doi:10.1016/j.biteb.2019.100262

  • Magnusson, M., Glasson, C. R. K., Vucko, M. J., Angell, A., Neoh, T. L., & de Nys, R. (2019). Enrichment processes for the production of high-protein feed from the green seaweed Ulva ohnoi. Algal Research, 41, 9 pages. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2019.101555

  • Kidgell, J. T., Magnusson, M., de Nys, R., & Glasson, C. R. K. (2019). Ulvan: A systematic review of extraction, composition and function. Algal Research, 39, 20 pages. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2019.101422 Open Access version:

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Glasson, Dr Christopher 0000 cglasson UWS2.0.00 Marine Science and Aquaculture

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