Department of Energy Projects

This subset of projects has major funding from the US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Explore the research areas below.

These areas aim to study photosynthetic organisms in dynamic environments, to improve yields; holistically understand and devise models of photosynthesis, over a range of temporal and spatial scales; and explore cyanobacterial photosynthesis and apply that knowledge for renewable energy, medical, and industrial applications. 

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Photosynthesis in real environments
Photosynthesis in real environments

Drought. Frost. Clouds. Photosynthesis has to adapt to ever-changing conditions. We study photosynthesis under realistic conditions so we someday can improve it.

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The Biological Solar Panel
The Biological Solar Panel

We want to holistically understand photosynthetic processes over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and develop models that describe these interactions.

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Engineering biological modules
Engineering biological modules

We seek to understand the fundamentals energy capture and conversion in cyanobacteria and apply that knowledge to engineer improvements in productivity.

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