Algae Technical Manager, Altech
Dr. Tozzi’s career has been devoted to studying and growing phytoplankton across oceans and continents globally. He has always combined his interest for biology, physiology and ecology with cutting edge new technologies spanning from sensors to field and lab bioreactors and large scale algae cultivation facilities and control systems.
Dr. Tozzi was a research team member of the NASA OMEGA project from its inception and contributed to the original photobioreactor and control design, several subsystem test and selection, and the OMEGA system scale-up demonstration facilities. Dr. Tozzi continued his work in cutting edge technology in Silicon Valley as Vice President of Strain Validation and Field Operations at Aurora Algae where he successfully established a strain validation lab and pipeline, established several test sites and led the construction and operations at the Rio Hondo, Texas demonstration facility. Dr. Tozzi continues his work in large scale algae cultivation as Alltech’s Algae Technical Manager at the second largest algae production facility in the world in Winchester, Kentucky.
Dr. Tozzi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Naples Federico II in Italy where he was born and raised. Upon graduation, Dr. Tozzi moved to the United States where he obtained a Master of Science degree in Oceanography from Rutgers University and a Doctorate degree in Marine Sciences from the College of William and Mary. Dr. Tozzi is also a courtesy Research Associate at the University of California Santa Cruz and an active team member of the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) headquartered at University of Hawaii.