Gordon Wellman

Research Specialist


Dr. Gordon B. Wellman is a {post-doctoral research fellow/ or should I say research specialist?} of the SSB group at KAUST. Gordon is from South Australia where he did his undergraduate (BSc. Biotechnology) at the University of Adelaide and PhD (Plant Sciences) at the Australia Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) engineering plants to increase salinity tolerance. Gordon’s previous role was as a Postdoctoral research fellow at KAUST Centre for Desert Agriculture (2016-2020) working on adapting crops to local conditions. 

Research Interests

Photosynthetic organisms, such as plants and algae, are living machines that convert CO2 and sun light into practically everything that supports life on Earth. From the food we eat to the oxygen we breathe; while ancient deposits of photosynthetic organisms provide us with oil for power, transportation and plastics. The syn-bio tools we develop in the SSB lab will support greater use of these organisms in new green industries.

KAUST Affiliations

  • Sustainable & Synthetic Biotechnology Group
  • Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering

Research Interests Keywords

Algal Biotechnology microalgae