Seminar - Photosynthesis regulation and redesign in cyanobacteria

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
presents a seminar by:
Xin Wang
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Miami University
Seminar - Photosynthesis regulation and redesign in cyanobacteria

Sponsored by UBC Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Abstract: Due to the consumption of fossil fuels, human society releases over 50 billion tons of greenhouse gases annually. Reducing carbon footprint is critical to avoid a climate disaster in the near future. Photosynthesis represents a major carbon capture process in nature and plays an increasingly important role in the emerging bio-based economy. Improving plant photosynthetic efficiency has been proposed as a key technology to meet the growing food demand, and could also be leveraged to develop carbon capture technologies. My lab uses a model cyanobacterium to study the underlying mechanism of robust photosynthesis and explore its synthetic biology applications. I will share some recent progress on how glycogen metabolism supports photosynthesis in cyanobacteria, followed by a discussion on photosynthesis redesign in cyanobacteria and how we envision transferring the learned knowledge into plants for improved photosynthetic efficiency.  

This is a hybrid seminar which you can attend in person in LSC3 (Life Sciences Institute, UBC Vancouver Campus) or on Zoom. If you are joining on zoom, please use the meeting ID and passcode below: 

Meeting ID: 91037 579420 

Passcode: 579420

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Life Sciences Centre, LSC 3
2350 Health Sciences Mall