Dr Josh J. Mayers

Post Doctoral Research Associate Picture of Dr Josh Mayer

Email: jmayers@imperial.ac.uk

Office: 432M Bone Building

Office phone number: +44 207 594 5708

Department of Chemical Engineering




2016 - present

Research Associate, Imperial College London, UK

2014 - 2015

Research Associate, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

2011 - 2014

PhD in Biological Sciences, Swansea University

2009 - 2011

MSc in Biotechnology and Enterprise, University of Exeter


Joshua joined as a Research Associate in 2016 working on the Horizon2020 consortium project PHOTOFUEL. He gained his PhD in Biological Sciences at Swansea University (UK) studying the physiological and biochemical responses of marine microalgae to culture conditions and stress.

He has previously been involved in large interdisciplinary projects, where microalgal cultivation as part of a large integrated biorefinery processes were being investigated. Previous topics of interest including the development of a sustainable process for the production of valuable isoprenoid compounds, with residual materials being considered as a fermentative feedstock; remediation of nutrients (N and P) and CO2 from waste streams was also investigated as an essential step in attaining overall sustainability.

Joshua has also supervised Masters student projects covering topics such as seaweed lipid biorefineries and microalgal metabolism.


  • Member, British Phycological Society
  • Member, Society of Chemical Industry (SCI)


1. Mayers, J.J., Flynn, K.J., Shields, R.J., 2013. Rapid determination of bulk microalgal biochemical composition by Fourier-Transform Infrared spectroscopy. Bioresource Technology. 148: 215-220. 10.1016/j.biortech.2013.08.133

2. Mayers, J.J., Flynn, K.J., Shields, R.J., 2014. Influence of the N: P supply ratio on biomass productivity and time-resolved changes in elemental and bulk biochemical composition of Nannochloropsis sp.. Bioresource Technology. 169: 588-595. 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.07.048

3. Veide Vilg, J., Nylund, G.M., Werner, T., Qvirist, L., Mayers, J.J., Pavia, H., Undeland, I., Albers, E., 2015. Seasonal and spatial variations in biochemical composition of Saccharina latissima during a potential harvesting season for Western Sweden. Botanica Marina. 58 (6): 435-447. 10.1515/bot-2015-0034