Juergen Polle, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, USA
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. From 1997 to 2002 he was postdoc in the laboratory of Dr. A. Melis at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Polle combines fundamental research with applied microalgae biotechnology. For the past 20 years he worked with various microalgae, including unicellular green algae, diatoms, and cyanobacteria. Dr. Polle is recognized for his work on algae of the genus Dunaliella. His research with green algae focuses on improving biomass productivity, secondary carotenoid biosynthesis, and biofuels production from microalgae. His research was funded in the past for example by the U.S. DOE, NIH, and the AFOSR. Most recently he applies a comparative genomics approach to unravel regulatory mechanism governing carbon core metabolism and the molecular switch to abiotic stress metabolism.