Theses and Dissertations - UTRGV

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Michael Persans

Second Advisor

Dr. Andrew McDonald

Third Advisor

Dr. Hudson DeYoe


Petroleum-based crude oil is nonrenewable and toxic to the environment, leading to a need for a more efficient and environmentally effective replacement. Microalgae produce lipids which can be converted to recyclable biofuels; therefore, research in lipid production by algae is becoming important for an economic and environmental sustainability. Microalgae can re-absorb atmospheric CO2 and have rapid growth, thereby lowering greenhouse gasses (GHGs) emission, renewability, and simple growth requirements.

Nannochloris sp. is a marine microalga that is amenable for lipid production because there is little research on it so this study will focus on using flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy and other tools to assess whether it is suitable for large scale biofuel production.


Copyright 2020 Giovanina Aimee Hinojosa. All Rights Reserved.

Included in

Biology Commons