Dep. Plant and Microbial Biology, PGEC, UC Berkeley
After a BA in Biology by the Johns Hopkins University in 1986 and a PhD in Biology at MIT in 1993 working with Prof. Gerry Fink on anthranilate synthesis, he specialized in photosynthesis in Prof. Olle Bjorkman's Lab at Carnegie (Stanford University). After his appointment as Professor in UC Berkeley, he has focused research in his lab on understanding and improving photosynthesis. 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.
Ort et al (2015) Redesigning photosynthesis to sustainably meet global food and bioenergy demand. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 112: 8529-36.
Sylak-Glassman et al (2014) Distinct roles of the photosystem II protein PsbS and zeaxanthin in the regulation of light harvesting in plants revealed by fluorescence lifetime snapshots. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 111: 17498-503.
Wakao et al (2014) Phosphoprotein SAK1 is a regulator of acclimation to singlet oxygen in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Elife 3: e02286.