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Viviane Runa

Viviane graduated from the University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Biotechnology. She then did her Masters in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology. The Masters included a placement at a Swedish company, Anoxkaldnes AB, studying the effect of reactor configuration in the production of short-chain organic acids. The thesis and her previous research as a volunteer at the Biological Engineering Lab at UA, focused on production of polyhydroxyalkanoates from renewable feedstocks as well as the extraction and purification of this bioplastic. The use of biological systems for valorization of renewable feedstocks is the area Viviane is most interested in and which she considers it plays a major role in sustainable processes. As a side project, she works as a volunteer in a Portuguese NGO for development cooperation. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling to new places, reading and cooking.

  • New approaches to microbial ecology in biological phosphorus removal systems with Dr Ana Lanham and Dr Brian Jones; Industrial Partners: Wessex Water, Anglian Water – PhD project
  • Manipulation of mixed sugar metabolic response to increase lipid accumulation in Metschnikowia pulcherima with Dr Daniel Henk and Dr Chris Chuck – 2nd MRes project
  • From wastewater to bioplastics: producing polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) in UK wastewater treatment plants as a substrate for innovative composite materials with Dr Ana Lanham and Professor Janet Scott – 1st MRes project