The SE2B Consortium

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External Advisory Board
The Coordinator
Group Leaders
Researchers
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Project Management

External Advisory Board
Peter Horton EM Prof. Dr. Peter Horton

The University of Sheffield
Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Firth Court, Western Bank,
Sheffield S10 2TN
United Kingdom

EM Prof. Dr. Alfred Holzwarth

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
Stiftstr. 34 – 36
45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr
Germany

andre-wollmann Prof. Dr. Francis Andre Wollman

Sorbonne Universités
Physiologie Membranaire et Moléculaire du Chloroplaste
Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique
13, rue Pierre et Marie Curie
F-75005 Paris
France

jean-david-rochaix Prof. Dr. Jean-David Rochaix
University of Geneva
Departments of Molecular Biology and Plant Biology
30 quai Ernest-Ansermet
CH-1211 Genève 4
Switzerland
The Coordinator
Claudia Büchel Prof. Dr. Claudia Büchel

Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Institute for Molecular Biosciences Plant Cell Physiology
Max-von-Laue-Str. 9
60438 Frankfurt am Main
Germany
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The group has a long-standing expertise in the study of light-harvesting complexes of diatoms (FCPs) with special emphasis on the switch from light-harvesting to photoprotection. In the framework of several collaborations, also including members of SE2B, their structure, pigments, and the excitation energy transfer between pigments was studied. Further work concerns the photoreceptors involved in the regulation of gene expression in diatoms. Our expertise in diatom physiology and genetics is further used for biotechnological applications. Our tasks in SE2B include the coordination and management of the network and we will organise a workshop on transferable skills including a small scientific meeting in March 2017.

Goehte Universität Frankfurt

The Group Leaders
Diana Kirilovsky Dr. Diana Kirilovsky

Commisariat a L’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
Institut de Biologie et technologie de Saclay (iBiTec’s)
Regulatory mechanisms in photosynthetic organisms
CEA Saclay
91191 Gif sur Yvette
France
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The group having a large experience in cyanobacterial molecular biology and physiology is specialized in cyanobacteria photosynthesis. They are interested on the role of light as source of stress and as a regulator, principally studying the mechanisms of photoinhibition, photoprotection and light acclimation in cyanobacteria. These studies were done by creating and characterizing cyanobacteria mutants with biophysical methods. They discovered and largely characterized the OCP-related NPQ mechanism. In the framework of this project, her group will study the state transition mechanism in cyanobacteria and its interaction with the OCP-related NPQ.

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Bruno Robert Dr. Bruno Robert

Commisariat a L’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
l’Institut de Biologie Intégrative de la Cellule (I2BC)
Laboratory of Bioenergetics, Metalloproteins and Stress CEA Saclay
91191 Gif sur Yvette
France
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Bruno Robert heads a group of about ten people at Saclay, specialized in the development of innovative spectroscopic techniques and their application to photosynthesis. This group has developed resonance Raman studies in photosynthesis, for describing the molecular interactions in antennae and reaction centers, either isolated or still embedded in photosynthetic membranes, to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulations tuning the efficiency of the solar energy capture and transduction. In the recent years, they developed super-resolution fluorescence microscopy to characterize the organisation of photosynthetic membranes at resolutions as high as 30 nm.

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se2b, energy, solar energy, plant energy, biomass, plants, micro Prof. Dr. Roberta Croce

VU University Amsterdam
Department for Physics and Astronomy
Biophysics of Photosynthesis/Energy
De Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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The goal of our research is to understand at the molecular level the mechanisms of the light reactions of photosynthesis, with particular emphasis on light absorption, excitation energy transfer and photo-protection. For these studies we use an integrated approach from genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry to spectroscopy, steady-state and time-resolved.

The task in the project is to understand the changes in composition, organization and functionality in the photosystems during non-phorochemical quenching and state transitions in varous organisms.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Jan Dekker Dr. Jan Dekker

VU University Amsterdam
Department for Physics and Astronomy
Biophysics of Photosynthesis/Energy
De Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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I am involved in two groups: the Biophysics of Photosynthesis group (see also the descriptions of Roberta Croce and Ivo van Stokkum) and the Science, Business and Innovation group, both of VU University Amsterdam. The latter group investigates and teaches the complete trajectory from natural science-based innovations to the final products, services, society and market, using knowledge from natural sciences, business administration and social sciences. One of the most important themes is renewable energy.

I am involved in the modeling of photosynthesis in intact, living organisms in various conditions including stress, and am in charge of WP4: Training
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Ivo van Stokkum Dr. Ivo van Stokkum

VU University Amsterdam
Department for Physics and Astronomy
Biophysics of Photosynthesis/Energy
De Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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I am a member of the Biophysics of Photosynthesis group (see also the descriptions of Roberta Croce and Jan Dekker).

I am involved in the modeling of natural and artificial photosynthesis on the basis of time-resolved spectroscopic measurements. I have developed a global and target analysis methodology which enables us to quantitatively model energy transfer and charge separation in intact, living organisms in various conditions including stress. In SE2B, we will develop models for multi wavelength PAM measurements.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Roberto Bassi Prof. Dr. Roberto Bassi

University of Verona
Department of Biotechnology
Laboratory of Photosynthesis and Bioenergy
15, Strada Le Grazie
37134 Verona
Italy
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The Laboratory of Photosynthesis and Bioenergy, founded in 1993, develops research and teaching in the field of Physiology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Genetics and Biotechnology of photosynthetic organisms and include three professors: Roberto Bassi, Luca Dall’Osto and Matteo Ballottari, 3 post-doct and 5 PhD students. Targets include (i) the understanding of key steps of metabolic reactions involved in light energy conversion in biomass and (ii) the engineering of algae and crops for improvement of photosynthetic light energy conversion efficiency. R.B. is in charge of coordinating WP1: “characterization of gene products involved in the regulation of light use efficiency”.
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Herbert van Amerongen Prof. Dr. Herbert van Amerongen

Wageningen University
Agrotechnology and Food Sciences
Laboratory of Biophysics
Dreijenlaan 3
6703 HA Wageningen
The Netherlands
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The mission of our lab is to study and develop an understanding of the physical aspects of life processes and to teach the fundamentals of (bio)physics and its application in the life sciences. One important aspect is the understanding of photosyntesis using dedicated, technologically advanced methodology.

In this project we want to elucidate the role of the thylakoid membrane flexibility in light use efficiency in vivo, by characterising the functional and structural (re)organization of thylakoid membranes during NPQ and ST in cyanobacteria, green algae and diatoms, making use of time-resolved fluorescence (micro)spectroscopy.
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Roman Kouřil Dr. Roman Kouřil

Palacký University Olomouc
Department of Biophysics CRH
Slechtitelu 11
78371 Olomouc
Czech Republic
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The group is focused on a structural characterization of photosynthetic protein supercomplexes and thylakoid membranes using single particle electron microscopy and cryo tomography.

The tasks in the project are the structural characterization of photosynthetic supercomplex assemblies and thylakoid membranes isolated from different plants and microalgal species using electron microscopy, single particle image processing and cryo tomography.
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Conrad Mullineaux Prof. Dr. Conrad Mullineaux

Queen Mary University of London
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
United Kingdom
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We study the bioenergetics and cell biology of cyanobacteria, including the biogenesis, organization, dynamics, function and regulation of the thylakoid membranes. We address these problems with a combination of molecular biology, biochemistry, spectroscopy and cell imaging. We recently used fluorescent protein tagging and fluorescence microscopy to show that cyanobacterial thylakoid membranes are rather heterogeneous, with specialized zones dedicated to assembly, repair and specific electron transport functions. The SE2B ESR will further explore the organization and composition of these zones by a combination of biochemical approaches and higher-resolution structural studies.
Queen Mary University of London

Alexander Ruban Prof. Dr. Alexander Ruban

Queen Mary University of London
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
United Kingdom
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We study the role of the antenna in the adaptations of the photosynthetic membrane to light environment. Alexander Ruban was a participant of the two EU FP6 Marie Curie networks “INTRO2” and “Harvest”. The ESR on the SE2B network will be engaged in time-resolved fluorescence experiments on membranes lacking photosystems in the presence of the non-photochemical quenching (NPQ); measurements of transient absorption (TA) spectra of LHCII complexes with altered carotenoid composition, as well as intact chloroplasts in order to gain the spectra of the NPQ quencher(s); coarse-grained modelling of the energy transfer in the photosynthetic membrane comprising the economic nature of the NPQ.
Queen Mary University of London

Eva-Mari Aro Prof. Dr. Eva-Mari Aro

Turun Yliopisto Univerity of Turku
Department of Biochemistry
Molecular Plant Biology
Itäinen Pitkäkatu 4 V
Turku
Finland
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Our research aims at understanding the regulatory pathways that govern the biogenesis, performance and acclimation of the photosynthetic apparatus to environmental cue but also at elucidation of the signaling pathways initiated by and relayed from chloroplasts into the nucleus to regulate the growth and development of plants. Arabidopsis, spruce, Physcomitrella, Selaginella, green algae and diatoms are under research focus in order to address the evolutionary aspects of regulation mechanisms under study. Research on cyanobacteria also focuses on regulation of photosynthesis but additionally on applied research for various bioeconomy purposes, making use of both the natural diversity of cyanobacteria, their genetic engineering and synthetic biology.

In this project, we focus on characterization of spruce photosynthetic apparatus during severe environmental changes in the Nordic climate.
University of Turku

Klára Panzarová Dr. Klára Panzarová

Photon Systems Instruments SPOL SRO
Research & Development
Drasov 470
66424 Drasov
Czech Republic
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Plant phenotyping refers to a quantitative characterisation of the plant’s anatomical, ontogenetical, physiological and biochemical properties at regular time intervals, non-destructively and objectively. In past years plant phenotyping became increasingly automated by the development of novel imaging technologies and image analysis pipelines that allow for a characterization of plant traits in high-throughput and high-precission. In several past years PSI has developped and manufactured range of automated plant phenotyping systems for controlled and greenhouse conditions. The PlantScreen Phenotyping Systems are designed for in-depth phenotyping of small up to large-scale plants ranging from Arabidopsis to crop species by means of visible RGB, kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence, thermal infrared, 3D laser scanning and hyperspectral imaging systems. In Plant Biotechnology R&D department we focus on investigation and validation of current technological improvements and develop, optimize and standardize the phenotyping protocols for the given imaging sensors. The insights obtained are translated into actual applications in basic research and in agriculture research as in targeted breeding programs.

The PhD project will deal with “Phenotyping methods for non-invasive monitoring of plant fitness and growth performance in controlled and greenhouse environment“. The main focus will be on the establishment, validation and further development of non-invasive techniques for monitoring plant fitness and growth performance by using unique greenhouse and controlled environment-based automated multi-sensoric phenotyping platforms.
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Arezki Sedoud Dr. Arezki Sedoud

Phycosource SARL
Phycology Departement
Boulevard de L’Hautil 13
95000 Cergy
France
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Céline Bourcier de Carbon Dr. Céline Bourcier de Carbon

Phycosource SARL
Phycology Departement
Boulevard de L’Hautil 13
95000 Cergy
France
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Green gold, microalgae offer infinite potential in many fields such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, biofuel, etc. Their culture brings a new generation of active molecules and consistent with the preservation of the planet’s wealth. Ecoresponsible, PHYCOSOURCE is an innovative biotechnology company founded in 2006, which specialises in the exploration and discovery of pharmaceutical and cosmetic biological active substances derived from microalgae. Specializing in the production of high-speed microalgae strains for pharmacological and cosmetic testing Phycosource discovers, reveals all the power of microalgae, most unpublished, which tomorrow will be great assets.The Ph.D. project will be to study, in Nostoc cell, the effect of changes in external factors, such as temperature, CO2 concentration and light stress, on the cryptophycin accumulation, a secondary metabolite with strong properties against cancer cells. Then a study of related changes in photosynthesis and photoprotection under these different stress conditions will be studied. Synechocystis and / or Escherichia coli strains synthesizing cryptophycin will be built.
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Dr. Stefan Jansson Prof. Dr. Stefan Jansson

Umea University
Department of Plant Physiology
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Sweden
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The group has over the years working in two areas, one is the structure and function of the chlorophyll a/b-binding proteins and their role in the regulation of photosynthetic light harvesting. There we have used mainly Arabidopsis as model system. The second are is natural variation, genetics and genomics of forest trees, in particular aspen but lately also the conifer Norway spruce.

In this project we will study how spruce needles can be evergreen, even in the harsh winter conditions of the boreal forests. Have they unique mechanisms to deal with high light conditions in freezing temperatures or are they simply using the same mechanisms that annuals, perhaps in a “upgraded” form?
Umea Plant Science Centre

Egbert J. Boekema Prof. Dr. Egbert J. Boekema

University Groningen
Groningen Biomolecular Sciences & Biotechnology Institute
Nijenborgh 7
9747 AG Groningen
The Netherlands
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Associated Partners
Erhard Pfündel, PhD

Heinz Walz GmbH
Eichenring 6
91090 Effeltrich
Germany
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The Walz Company is one of the world’s top producers of photosynthesis measuring systems. Our leading position rests on three pillars: outstanding excellence in product quality, continuous improvement of existing technology, and development of new analytical systems in close cooperation with leading scientists. The current product line includes fiberoptics and imaging PAM fluorometers to evaluate photosystem II performance, dual-wavelength absorption analyzers to measure photosystem I efficiency, and a high-performance CO2 gas-exchange system to determine carbon assimilation. Our latest developments include a novel 3D scanner which produces three-dimensional images of photosystem II performance, and a setup for concomitant fluorescence and oxygen measurements.
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Joanna Porankiewicz-Asplund Joanna Porankiewicz-Asplund, Phd

Product development manager
Agrisera AB, Sweden
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Agrisera is a Swedish company specializing in polyclonal and monoclonal antibody custom production and offers over 1000 catalog primary antibodies for research on plant and algal cell biology including most comprehensive antibody collection for photosynthetic research. Our products are thoroughly validated and developed in collaboration with many laboratories world-wide. Agrisera offers also over 2000 secondary antibodies with various labels as well as antibodies to tags (GFP, His, HA and more), high sensitivity chemiluminescent reagents for western blot and ELISA.
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Prof. Dr. Sylvie Michel

Faculty of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmacognosy
Natural substances chemistry, Electrochemistry
U.M.R./C.N.R.S. n° 8638, COMETE
4 Avenue de l’Observatoire,
75006 Paris
France

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The laboratory of Pharmacognosy, Natural substances chemistry, Electrochemistry is focused on isolation, structural determination and synthesis of bioactive natural products like antitumor compounds. For this project, with PHYCOSOURCE in charge of the production of micro-algae strains, we will evaluate the accumulation of a secondary metabolite, cryptophycin, under various external factors, developing optimized analytical methodologies.

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Christo Schiphorst

Universita degli Studi di Verona
Department for Biotechnology
Plant Sciences
15, Strada Le Grazie
37134  Verona
Italy

P1: Structural and functional analysis LhcSR and PsbS proteins regulating photosynthetic light use efficiency. The project focuses on the structure/function of LHCSR and PSBS proteins and their interactions with photosynthetic supercomplexes. The work will include the mutation analysis of recombinant LHCSR and PSBS proteins regulating photosynthetic light use efficiency in unicellular algae and plants upon expression into homologous and heterologous systems. Identification of interactors of these two protein within photosystem I and II supercomplexes. Structural analysis of recombinant LHCSR expressed in Tobacco.

 

 

 

Francesco Saccon
Queen Mary University of London
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
United Kingdom

P2: Changes in energy fluxes during NPQ in LHCII and PS II-LHCII complexes.
The goal of this project will be to establish whether the same mechanism of energy dissipation takes place in isolated LHCII and the photosynthetic membrane, and to find out the rate of energy trapping within the quenching carotenoid species.

 

 

 

Pushan Bag
Umeå Universitet
Department of Plant Physiology
Umeå Plant Science Centre
KBC-building, Lastplats KBC, Linnéus väg 6
90736 Umeå
Sweden

P3: The role of certain proteins in quenching mechanisms in evergreens.
The most conspicuous, intriguing and important trait of spruce is its ability to maintain green needles over the winter, in other words to be an evergreen under extremely challenging conditions. The hypothesis that PsbS or a similar protein transforms the structure into a ‘super-quenching winter state’ that is stable regardless of lumenal pH will be tested.
Mirella Sorrentino
Photon Systems Instruments SPOL SRO
Research & Development
Drasov 470
66424 Drasov
Czech Republic

P4:Systems for non-invasive monitoring of plant fitness and growth performance.Further development of non-invasive techniques for monitoring plant fitness and growth performance by using the automated PlantScreen Phenotyping platform. The project aims to investigate and validate current technological improvements and develop, optimize and standardize the phenotyping protocols for the given imaging sensors. The insights obtained will be translated into actual applications in basic research and in agriculture research as in targeted breeding programs.
 

 

 

Alba Blázquez

Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main
Institut für Molekulare Biowissenschaften
Max-von-Laue-Str. 9
60438  Frankfurt am Main
Germany

P5: Using algal mutants for enhanced carotenoid production.
The work will focus on the pathway towards carotenoids, to improve production by direct manipulation within the pigment synthesis pathway. In addition, optimization of the photosynthetic carbon flux, to provide more biomass and thus more pigment, will be examined in collaboration with other partners of SE2B.

Vincenzo Mascoli

VU Amsterdam
Department for Physics and Astronomy
De Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

P6: Changes in supercomplex formation related to functional changes (NPQ and ST).
The objective is to elucidate changes in supercomplex composition and organization in plants and green algae grown/acclimated/stressed under different conditions, with the aim to understand the molecular basis of inter-dependent regulation mechanisms (NPQ and ST).

  Steffen Grebe

University of Turku
Molecular Plant Biology
Tykistökatu 6A 6th Floor
FI-20520 Turku
Finland
ESR representative in SE2B Steering Board

P7: Dynamics of thylakoid pigment-protein complexes – consequences on functional genomics of the entire organism.
The regulatory dynamics that optimise the function of thylakoid membranes will be elucidated by dissecting how thylakoid protein phosphorylation and the thylakoid lipidome tune the distribution of protein complexes along the thylakoid membrane, how they determine the formation of PS II- and PS I-complexes and PS II/PS I-enriched areas of the membrane, and how such rearrangements in energy transfer are reflected in global gene and protein expression.

Claudio Calvaruso

Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main
Institut für Molekulare Biowissenschaften
Max-von-Laue-Str. 9
60438 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

P8: Dynamics of supercomplexes in the thylakoid membrane of diatoms.
The precise nature of the thylakoid structure of diatoms is still unknown. Thus, the exact distribution of photosystems and antenna proteins in these membranes will be determined and changes of thylakoid membranes and supercomplexes during regulation phenomena like NPQ will be analysed.

  Fernando Muzzopappa

Commisariat a L’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
Institut de Biologie et technologie de Saclay (iBiTec’s) CEA Saclay
91191 Gif sur Yvette
France
ESR representative in SE2B Steering Board

P9: Mechanisms involving the antenna that regulate the energy flux to reaction centers in cyanobacteria.
“State Transitions” is induced by changes in light quality and involves a rearrangement of the antenna, the phycobilisome and the photosystems. State transitions are triggered by changes in the redox state of the plastoquinone pool; however, the cascade of events induced by these changes resulting in phycobilisome or photosystem movements is still unknown in cyanobacteria. In the framework of this project, we will revisit the most controversial points of the mechanism and we will look for the lacking element involved in signal translation. The interaction between state transitions and other photoprotective mechanisms (cyclic electron transport, OCP-related NPQ) will be also studied.

Rameez Arshad
University of Groningen
Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute
Nijenborgh 7
9747 AG Groningen
The Netherlands

P10: Molecular structure of supercomplexes under different conditions.
Structural-functional characterization of photosynthetic supercomplexes will be carried out using single particle electron microscopy and image analysis in order to understand their role and functional significance in photosynthesis of different plants and microalgal species under specific environmental conditions. In addition, the thylakoid membrane architecture in diatoms will be studied using the-state-of-the-art cryo electron tomography.
  Simona Streckaité

Commisariat a L’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
Institut de Biologie et technologie de Saclay (iBiTec’s) CEA Saclay
91191 Gif sur Yvette
France

P11: Photosynthetic Membranes: from molecular to membrane organisation.
Photosynthetic organisms must permanently adapt to their light environments to ensure their proper energetic balance. This involves structural reorganizations at different levels, which tune the fate of the absorbed solar energy in the photosynthetic membrane. The ESR 12 of the S2EB network will study the reorganisations accompanying the adaptation of plants and algae to light intensity and quality both at a molecular and cellular level, using advanced spectroscopic techniques.
At a molecular level, highly selective techniques such as resonance Raman and Fluorescence Line Narrowing allow the characterization of the structural changes occurring in the cofactor binding sites in isolated proteins, membranes and organelles.
At a cellular level, a novel super-resolution fluorescence microscopy technique, yet never applied to photosynthetic system will give access the details of the organization of the photosynthetic proteins in chloroplasts, live cells and algae.

  Moontaha Mahbub

Queen Mary University of London
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS
London
United Kingdom

P12: Regulation of the photosynthetic membrane landscape in cyanobacteria.
We have evidence from fluorescent protein tagging and fluorescence microscopy for a very heterogeneous distribution of protein complexes in the cyanobacterial thylakoid membrane, with microdomains dedicated to specific functions. A better understanding of the composition, structure and function of the membrane microdomains in the cyanobacteria Synechococcus 7942 and Synechocystis 6803 could pave the way to smarter solutions for re-engineering cyanobacteria for biotechnological purposes. The ESR will characterise the composition of the specific membrane zones and their high-resolution structure.

Ahmad Farhan
Wageningen University
Agrotechnology and Food Sciences
Laboratory of Biophysics
Dreijenlaan 3
6703 HA Wageningen
The Netherlands

P13: Changes at the membrane level during NPQ and state transitions.

It is the goal of this project to study changes in the organization of thylakoid membranes of cyanobacteria, green algae and diatoms upon the induction of NPQ and ST in vivo and to directly relate the observed changes in fluorescence kinetics to spatial reorganizations in the thylakoids examined in WP2, making use of ultrafast fluorescence spectroscopic and microscopic methods.

  Alexandros Polyzois

Phycosource SARL
Phycology Departement
Boulevard de L’Hautil 13
95000 Cergy
France

P14: Improvement of secondary metabolites production in cyanobacteria under external stress.
In cyanobacteria, temperature, CO2 concentration and light stress can increase the secondary metabolite concentrations, factors that are also involved in the regulation of photosynthesis. The effect of modified external factors on the accumulation of cryptophycin, a secondary metabolite with strong properties against cancer, in Nostoc cells will be related to changes in photosynthesis and photoprotection under different stress conditions. Results of modelling (project 16) will further be used to improve cryptophycin production. Synechocystis and/or E. coli strains synthesizing cryptophycin will be constructed.

 

 

Baboo Narottamsing Ramdour
VU University Amsterdam
Department for Physics and Astronomy
Biophysics of Photosynthesis/Energy
De Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

P15: Quantifying photosynthesis in intact photosynthetic algae and cyanobacteria.

The objective is to combine results from PAM fluorescence and more advanced spectroscopies in a modelling approach to quantitatively describe and interpret regulation mechanisms in intact photosynthetic organisms. Target analysis of high resolution data will result in a model that makes use of the thermodynamic properties of pools of pigments and charge-separated states. Project 16a is more based on the measurement and project 16b more on the development of the model.


Ombudswoman
Dr. Anett Kiss

University of Sussex
Research Development
Research Development Officer
Sussex House, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RH
United Kingdom
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Anett Kiss is a former Marie Curie fellow who was also involved in the predecessors of the SE2B Network (INTRO2 and HARVEST projects). In SE2B she acts as an Ombudswoman to the Early-Stage Researchers to consult on confidential matters relating to their experiences in the network.

She works at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom as a Research Development Officer and her role focuses on supporting academic researchers in their applications for external research funding and their career development activities. She is also an active member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association and is experienced in various matters relating to Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships.


Project Management
Bernd Märtens Dr. Bernd Märtens

Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Research Service Center
Coordination and Science Management
Max-von-Laue-Str. 9
Bldg. N200, room 304
60438 Frankfurt am Main
Germany
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The Research Service Center of the Goethe University supports scientists with research project management, proposal writing, event management, and information about funding opportunities.
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