Areas of expertise
Dr. Sergey Kosourov started his research carrier as a junior researcher in the Institute of Basic Biological Problems RAS in 1998, when he joined the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of Phototrophic Microorganisms. In 2000, he received Ph.D. in plant physiology from Moscow State University. Later, Sergey had two assignments at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory DOE U.S.: the first as a postdoctoral fellow (2002-2003) and then as a research associate (2006-2009). Between these two assignments and after, Dr. Kosourov worked as a senior and then as a leading scientist in the Institute of Basic Biological Problems RAS. In 2013, he joined the Molecular Plant Biology team at the University of Turku. He co-authored 29 papers and 5 review chapters in the fields of photobiological hydrogen production and whole-cell immobilization, and holds one international patent on the design of the multi-stage photobioreactor system.
Involved in teaching of advance courses “Biofuels from photoautotrophs” (KABI5010), “Biotechnological application of microalgae” (KABI5076) and "Applied photosynthesis research" (KABI4004) at the Department of Biochemistry both as a lecturer and in the development and delivery of laboratory courses. Co-supervised two Ph.D. and one M.Sc. thesis. Mentorship of several Ph.D. students, Erasmus and Erasmus-Mundus Aurora exchange trainees and “summer” students.
Dr. Kosourov's current research is focused on the development of the advanced techniques for immobilization of green algae and cyanobacteria in nanoporous matrices with a structure specifically engineered for better light utilization and nutrient distribution. He also studies H2 metabolism in green algae and cyanobacteria, and investigates the potential of the native algal and cyanobacterial strains for production of biofuels and high-value products.