Dr. Dempster began his algae research career as an undergraduate at Arizona State University in 1989 working on the Aquatic Species Program. He completed his B.S in Biology, M.S. in Botany and PhD. in Plant Biology from Arizona State University while studying a variety of algae-related topics primarily related to algal biofuel production, drinking water quality and wastewater bioremediation. Dr. Dempster currently works as a research professor focusing on strain selection and development, biomass production, algal biofuels and high-value products, and air and wastewater bioremediation at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) at Arizona State University. At AzCATI, he also serves as the laboratory manager, safety and compliance manager and AzCATI Recharge Center manager. Dr. Dempster also serves as the testbed site coordinator for the recent U.S. Department of Energy funded Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3).