Thomas Butler conducted his bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology at Newcastle University and in 2014 transitioned to Algal Biotechnology where he was the first student in the UK to obtain a Masters by Research in Algal Biotechnology conducted at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), accredited by Aberdeen University. He was working on astaxanthin production from Haematococcus and has several publications in this area. He then conducted a PhD in Microalgal Cell Factories at Sheffield University developing Phaeodactylum tricornutum as a biorefinery platform. During his PhD he worked primarily on two high-value products; fucoxanthin and EPA, whilst characterising the remainder of the biomass which could be sold as bulk products (protein and carbohydrate) for aquaculture or animal feed.
In January 2020 Thomas Butler joined the team at Synalgae as a Senior Microalgal Scientist. He has extensive experience in microalgal biotechnology and has worked for several microalgal companies including Algaecytes, Algenuity and, Varicon Aqua Solutions.