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.

Kris Niyogi is named AAAS fellow

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

Science paper describes photoprotection modification that 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'.

Chris Gee and Alizée Malnoë were invited speakers at International Congress of Photosynthesis

Chris Gee and Alizée Malnoë were invited to give a talk at a parallel symposium and at the International Congress of Photosynthesis, respectively.


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