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sector_ico_Fisheries_trans Fisheries and Aquaculture

Protist Metabolome Screening (Promise)

  • Project Leaders: Patrick Keeling
  • Institutions: University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Budget: $224107
  • Program/Competition: Partner Programs
  • Genome Centre(s): Genome British Columbia
  • Fiscal Year: 2017
  • Status: Closed

Marine eukaryotic protists such as red algae are an abundant reservoir of metabolic pathways with biotechnology applications. There are promising new therapeutics such as anti-viral, anti-microbial or anti-inflammatory agents being developed through these metabolic pathways.

The goal of the project is to target therapeutic candidate compounds and their metabolites by employing a comprehensive set of ‘omics methods. By linking the methods back to the source through single cell ‘omics methods, PROMiSE offers a unique way to recognize functional gene clusters, and to understand how metabolism is partitioned across ecosystems.

This information will help to unravel how the pathways work in nature, and how they can be expressed and utilized for human health and the biotechnology market.