Meliissa Roth, Postdoc

Welcome to the Niyogi Lab!

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 photosynthesis 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 (cyanobacteria, eukaryotic algae, and plants) and interdisciplinary approaches to investigate fundamental questions about the assembly, regulation, and dynamics of photosynthesis. Current lab members study the biosynthesis and function of photosynthetic pigments, assembly and repair of photosynthetic reaction centers, structure and dynamics of the photosynthetic membrane, mechanisms involved in sensing excess light, and regulation of photosynthetic light harvesting in saturating light. 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.

Kris Niyogi is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, a professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a faculty scientist in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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UCB Breakthroughs Article features UIUC and Niyogi lab's research

The collaborative research project between the Niyogi lab and Steve Long's lab at UIUC is described in the CNR Breakthroughs article.

Publication of PNAS article on Chromochloris zofingiensis genome assembly

Congratulations to the Niyogi lab, Pellegrini lab, Merchant lab and Larabell lab on the publication of the PNAS paper titled 'Chromosome-level genome assembly and transcriptome of the green alga Chromochloris zofingiensis illuminates astaxanthin production.'

NATURE | OUTLOOK article features UIUC and Niyogi lab's Science paper

Nature article titled 'Bioengineering: Solar upgrade' includes research from Steve Long's lab and the Niyogi lab, described in their Science paper titled 'Improving photosynthesis and crop productivity by accelerating recovery from photoprotection'.

Research by Niyogi and Long labs featured on UC Berkeley homepage

The California Magazine article highlights the UIUC and Niyogi lab's Science paper, 'Improving photosynthesis and crop productivity by accelerating recovery from photoprotection'.

Kris Niyogi is named AAAS fellow

Congratulations to Kris on being named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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