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Program Outline


All events will take place virtually. Zoom links and detailed instructions will be sent to registrants in advance of the meeting. All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Friday, October 23, 2020

4:00-4:10 pm (EST)  Opening Remarks - Danny Ducat and Gary Hastings

4:10-5:30 pm            Session I - Light Capture and Photoprotection

     4:10-4:30              Dr. Minjung Son – Mapping out photoprotective dissipation in  green plants using ultrabroadband 2D electronic spectroscopy

     4:30-4:50             Dr. Tjaart Krüger – Physcobilisomes’ hidden states revealed by single-molecule spectroscopy

     4:50-5:10              Nathan Thomas Soulier - The structural basis for far-red absorbance in cyanobacterial phycobiliproteins

     5:10-5:30              Dr. Jian Wei Tay – Illuminating photosynthesis in single cyanobacterial cells


5:30-6:30 pm            Keynote Lecture – Dr. Jessica M. Anna, University of Pennsylvania


6:30-8:00 pm            Poster Session I (Odd # posters)

8:00+                         Online Social Hour (Bring Your Own Beverage)


Saturday, October 24, 2020

10:00-11:00 am          Session II - Structure/Function of Photosystem Complexes

     10:00-10:20           Divya Kaur – Proton egress pathway near the oxygen evolving complex of Photosystem II

     10:20-10:40            Dr. Christopher Gisriel – Cryo-EM structure of monomeric photosystem II from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 lacking the water-oxidation complex

     10:40-11:00             Dr. Hila Toporik – The structure of a red-shifted Photosystem I reveals the location of a red site in the core antenna


11:00-11:20 am              "Coffee Break"


11:20-noon                 Session III - Photosynthesis, Interrupted

     11:20-11:40              Shrameeta Shinde – Glycogen metabolism kick-starts photosynthesis in cyanobacteria

     11:40-12:00             Virginia Johnson – A reversibly induced CRISPRi system targeting Photosystem II in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803

Noon-2:00 pm           Poster Session II - (Even # posters & unpack a virtual lunch!)

2:00-3:00 pm             Session IV - Photosynthetic Regulation in Dynamic Environments

     2:00-2:20               Donghee Hoh - QTL mapping as a novel tool for testing hypotheses: interaction of specific fatty acids and photosynthesis under chilling stress

     2:20-2:40                Dr. Ru Zhang - Photosynthetic, ultrastructural, and transcriptomic responses to high light or high temperature in C4 model Plant Setaria viridis

     2:40-3:00               Dr. Prakitchai Chotewutmontri – Light regulated psbA translation in plants, and its coupling to PSII repair/assembly

3:00-3:15 pm               Awards, Closing Remarks, and Announcements



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