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Anastasios Melis

Date & Location: September 14, 2020, at 4p; Virtual visit

Subject: Photosynthetic antenna engineering to improve crop yields

Host: Danielle Young (and Molecular Plant Sciences graduate students)

About the Speaker

University: University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests: We study the photosynthesis of plants, microalgae, cyanobacteria, and photosynthetic bacteria. Approaches include biophysics and biochemistry of the process, molecular biology and genetics of the organisms, and scale ups for product generation. Applied aspects include diverting the flow of photosynthesis to generate high-value compounds instead of the normally produced sugars. Products of interest are biofuels, feedstock for the synthetic chemistry industry and pharmaceuticals. Our trademark is product generation directly from photosynthesis, bypassing the need to harvest and process the respective biomass.