Acclimation responses in photosynthetic organisms

Photosynthesis is driven by light, yet light is harmful for the photosynthetic organisms. In our group we investigate how plants and cyanobacteria cope with differences in light quantity and quality. A multi-disciplinary approach combining biochemistry, spectroscopy and microscopy is used to unveil the beautiful solutions photosynthetic organisms evolved to survive on our dangerous planet.    

Main experimental techniques

  • Confocal Microscopy and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM)
  • Ultrafast picosecond fluorescence
  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Plasmonic nanoantenna
  • Isolation amd biochemical characterisation of photosynthetic complexes

Current projects

  • State transitions resolved in space and time
  • The spatial heterogeneity of the cyanobacterial thylakoid membrane
  • Light harvesting in photosystem I and photosystem II