Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Mike Packer

Senior Research Scientist – Algal Biotechnology


  • PhD (Biochemistry). Otago University, 1997
  • MSc (Marine Science). Otago University, 1991
  • BSc (Biochemistry). Otago University, 1988

Role at Cawthron

Mike is a senior research scientist in the Algal Biotechnology group. The areas of research Mike is involved in apply the latest biochemical and molecular cell biological techniques to product formation from algae. These include high-value products such as bioactives and functional foods.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Algal biology, high-value and commodity products from algae
  • Algal and cyanobacterial production and harvesting systems
  • Redox biochemistry and bioenergetics
  • Algal production systems and photobioreactor technology
  • Biological hydrogen production, biomass to bioenergy
  • Photosynthetic microbial fuel cells
  • Renewable energy, integrated value-chain design

Professional affiliations

  • Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand President's Panel on Energy 2005–2007
  • Inaugural member of the Oxygen Group (Ministry of Research, Science and Technology's Think Tank Group) 2004–2008
  • Organising Committee of the Asia-Oceania Algal Innovation Summit

View Mike's ResearchGate profile

Publication links

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