Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Niyogi, Krishna K.
Location University of California, Berkeley
Primary Field Plant Biology
 Election Citation
Niyogi is a world leader in research on photoprotection in photosynthesis. He discovered key chlorophyll binding proteins involved in energy dissipation, enzymes of carotenoid and xanthopyll synthesis and maintenance, novel ROS detoxification systems, and assembly factors controlling biogenesis and modification of photosynthetic complexes. He has transformed our understanding of photoprotection.
 Research Interests
Krishna K. Niyogi's laboratory studies 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. They use a wide array of experimental organisms and interdisciplinary approaches to investigate fundamental questions about assembly, regulation, and dynamics of photosynthesis. Current areas of interest include 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, they hope to uncover general design principles of natural photosynthesis as well as unique adaptations to different environments.

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