The Niyogi Lab studies photosynthetic energy conversion and its regulation in algae and plants.
The Lab's long-term research goals are to understand how photosynthetic energy conversion works, how it is regulated, and how it might be improved to help meet the world's needs for food and fuel.
The lab uses a wide array of experimental organisms and interdisciplinary approaches to investigate fundamental questions about assembly, regulation, and dynamics of photosynthesis. In particular, we have focused on a pair of model organisms that diverged from each other around the time that fungi diverged from animals: the unicellular green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, and the laboratory weed, Arabidopsis thaliana. By comparing how photosynthesis works in diverse organisms, we hope to uncover general design principles of natural photosynthesis as well as unique adaptations to different environments.