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.

Chris Gee joins the Niyogi lab

Graduate student Chris Gee is awarded the 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Chris Baker joins the Niyogi lab

Chris joins the Niyogi lab as a postdoctoral researcher.

The Niyogi lab welcomes Koichi Kobayashi

Koichi Kobayashi is on sabbatical leave while in the Niyogi lab.

Laurie Leonelli joins the Niyogi Lab

Laurie joins the Niyogi lab as postdoctoral researcher.

Stephane Gabilly joins the Niyogi lab

Stephane joins the Niyogi lab as a postdoctoral researcher.

Congratulations on the funding of grant from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)

Scientists at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's FOLIUM Project, funded by ARPA-E, use light to convert the carbon in tobacco leaves into biofuels.

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