Visiting Scholar

Research Interests

  • Aquatic photosynthesis
  • Biofuels and microalgal physiology
  • Bioinspired photonics
  • Underwater optics and biophotonics
  • Microenvironmental ecology
  • Coral reef ecology and coral bleaching
  • Coral reef restoration & circular economy


  • PhD, University of Technology Sydney, Australia 2015
  • MSc, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology & Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Germany 2010
  • BSc, James Cook University, Australia 2008


Dr Daniel Wangpraseurt is an Assistant Project Scientist at the Department of Nanoengineering UCSD and a visiting researcher at the Tresguerres lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. He is a marine biologist with strong interdisciplinary interests and his research is broadly placed at the interface between marine biology, engineering and physics.  His work includes coral reef science, microalgal photobiology, optical modeling, bio-imaging, 3D bioprinting and microenvironmental ecology. Currently, he is developing new 3D bioprinting approaches for a biomimetic coral-algal symbiosis model system, artificial coral reefs and microalgal cultivation. He worked as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge and SIO to develop coral-inspired living photobioreactors. Prior to that,  he worked as a Carlsberg Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Copenhagen where he used medical imaging techniques to understand the biophotonic and structural properties of corals. He received his PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney where he studied coral photobiology and bio-optics.