Meliissa Roth, Postdoc

Welcome to the Niyogi Lab

hhmi logoThe 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 (cyanobacteria, eukaryotic algae, and plants) and interdisciplinary approaches to investigate fundamental questions about assembly, regulation, and dynamics of photosynthesis. Current lab members study the biosynthesis and function of photosynthetic pigments, assembly 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.

HHMI Investigator

Kris Niyogi is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. He is also a professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and a faculty scientist in the Physical Biosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Understanding and Improving Photosynthesis

False-color image of photosystem II efficiency in colonies of Chlamydomonas mutants...
The Niyogi Lab studies photosynthetic energy conversion and its regulation in algae and plants.

Science paper describes modification of photoprotection to increase photosynthesis and crop yield

Congratulations to the Long Lab at UIUC and the Niyogi Lab on the publication of the Science paper titled '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.

Daniel Westcott, Cindy Amstutz and Simon Alamos join the Niyogi lab.

Simon was awarded William V. Power Top-off Award. Daniel received 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship with Cindy receiving an honorable mention.


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