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  • 17 Jan 2019 8:01 PM | Julian Eaton-Rye (Administrator)

    Description and Background

    The Life Sciences Research Center’s (LSRC) primary mission is to support the Air Force’s research programs at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) through faculty and cadet research efforts. The center is focused on discovering and understanding basic mechanisms used by photosynthetic microorganisms to transfer energy and survive in extreme environments, and on developing methods to make them tractable to genetic manipulation. Comparing the genetic basis of these mechanisms across different species and/or environments may reveal potential foci for genetic engineering of designer organisms with increased growth tolerances and/or metabolic efficiency. These research thrusts have applications for the U.S. Air Force ranging from protein stability under harsh conditions to energy transfer across biotic/abiotic interfaces to the development of biosensors for threat detection and mitigation.

    References

    Hallenbeck PC et al. Draft Genome Sequence of a Thermophilic Cyanobacterium from the Family Oscillatoriales (Strain MTP1) from the Chalk River, Colorado, Genome Announcements, 4 (2016) e01571-01515.
    Hallenbeck PC et al. M. Grogger, M. Mraz, D. Veverka, Draft Genome Sequence of the Photoheterotrophic Chloracidobacterium thermophilum Strain OC1 Found in a Mat at Ojo Caliente, Genome Announcements, 4 (2016) e01570-01515.
    Hallenbeck, PC et al. M. Grogger, D. Veverka, Recent Advances in Microbial Electrocatalysis, Electrocatalysis, 5 (2014) 319-329.

    Qualifications

    Applications are encouraged from individuals with a background in phycology, microbiology, biochemistry, extremophile physiology, electrochemistry, DNA sequence analysis, bioinformatic platforms or genetic engineering, and experience with thermophiles, psychrophiles, microbial fuel cells (MFCs), desiccation tolerant organisms, including desert crust microbiota, isolation and identification of photosynthetic microorganisms, and developing methods for exogenous protein expression in algae or cyanobacteria.

    How to Apply

    The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) participates in the National Research Council Research Associateship Program, sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. New openings are available and the specifics as well as application process can be accessed here: (http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/rap/)

  • 30 Sep 2018 9:24 PM | Julian Eaton-Rye (Administrator)
    Post-doc 1:  Biophysics and physiology of photosynthesis and respiration.

    Post-doc 2: Molecular biology of unicellular algae.

    Positions are for one year, renewable up to three years based on mutal satisfaction


    Candidates should send their CV to: Roberto.Bassi@univr.it

    Laboratory of Photosynthesis and Bioenergy

    Department of Biotechnology, University of Verona, Italy.


    The successful candidate will join the laboratory of Photosynthesis and Bioenergy and collaborate, in a team with Prof. Roberto Bassi and Prof. Luca Dall’Osto to research in photosynthesis including:

    -Engineering plants and green algae for Enhanced Photosynthetic efficiency.

    -Production of biofuels from unicellular algae.

    - Control of Light use efficiency in higher Plants and Green algae.

    - Non-Photochemical quenching of Chlorophyll fluorescence.

    - Mechanisms of abiotic stress resistance.

    - Carotenoid and apocarotenoid biogenesis and function.

    - Interaction between photoreception and photosynthesis.


    A short list of recent publications from the lab is listed below as an example of the research field presently explored by the research team.

    A more comprehensive list of publication from the lab can is found at the following Link: https://scholar.google.it/citations?hl=it&user=-SNf1wMAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

    Pinnola, A, M Ballottari, I Bargigia, M Alcocer, C D’andrea, G Cerullo, R. Bassi (2018) Functional modulation of LHCSR1 protein from Physcomitrella patens by zeaxanthin binding and low pH  Scientific Reports 7 (1), 11158

    Dall'Osto, L, S Cazzaniga, M Bressan, D Paleček, K Židek, KK Niyogi, R.Bassi (2018) Two mechanisms for dissipation of excess light in monomeric and trimeric light-harvesting complexes Nature plants 3 (5), 17033

    Betterle, N RS Poudyal, A Rosa, G Wu, R Bassi, CH Lee (2017) The STN 8 kinase‐PBCP phosphatase system is responsible for high‐light‐induced reversible phosphorylation of the PSII inner antenna subunit CP 29 in rice The Plant Journal 89 (4), 681-691

    Bressan, M, L Dall'Osto, I Bargigia, MJP Alcocer, D Viola, G Cerullo, R.Bassi (2017) LHCII can substitute for LHCI as an antenna for photosystem I but with reduced light-harvesting capacity Nature Plants 2 (9), 16131

    Kondo, T., A. Pinnola, John Ogren, R. Bassi and G. Schlau-Cohen (2017) Single-molecule spectroscopy of LHCSR1 protein dynamics identies two distinct states responsible for multi-timescale photosynthetic photoprotection. Nature Chemistry 9 (8), 772-778.

    Pinnola A, Cazzaniga S, Alboresi A, Nevo R, Levin-Zaidman S, Reich Z, Bassi R. (2015) Light-Harvesting Complex Stress-Related Proteins Catalyze Excess Energy Dissipation in Both Photosystems of Physcomitrella patens.The Plant Cell, (11):3213-27

    Cazzaniga, L S.. Dall’Osto*, L. Scibilia, J. Szaub, M. Ballottari, S. Purton and R. Bassi (2014) Domestication of the green alga Chlorella sorokiniana: reduction of antenna size improves light-use efficiency in a photobioreactor. Biotechnology for Biofuels 7(1):157-167

    Berger, H., Blifernez-Klassen, O., M. Ballottari, R. Bassi, Lutz Wobbe and Olaf Kruse (2014) Orchestration of carbon assimilation and photosynthetic light capture in the photoheterotrophic green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii . Molecular Plant, 7(10):1545-59.

    Pinnola A, Dall'Osto L, Gerotto C, Morosinotto T, Bassi R, Alboresi A. (2013) Zeaxanthin Binds to Light-Harvesting Complex Stress-Related Protein to Enhance Non-Photochemical Quenching in Physcomitrella patens. The Plant Cell. 25(9): 3519-33.

    Dall’Osto, L., Piques, M.,  Ronzani, M.,  Alboresi, A., Cazzaniga S. and Bassi R. (2013) The Arabidopsis nox mutant lacking carotene hydroxylase activity reveals a critical role of xanthophylls for Photosystem I biogenesis. The Plant Cell, 25(2):591-608.

     


  • 25 Jul 2018 4:50 AM | Julian Eaton-Rye (Administrator)

    Assistant Professor in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

    Laboratory of Photosynthesis and Bioenergy

    Department of Biotechnology, University of Verona, Italy.

    DEADLINE: August 9th, 2018

    The position is initially for three years.  Upon positive assessment of the research activity, it twill become a tenure track position for Associate Professor. 

    The successful candidate will join the laboratory of Photosynthesis and Bioenergy and collaborate, in a team with Prof. Roberto Bassi and Prof. Luca Dall’Osto to research in photosynthesis including:

    • Control of Light use efficiency in higher Plants and Green algae.
    • Non-Photochemical quenching of Chlorophyll fluorescence.
    • Mechanisms of abiotic stress resistance.
    • Carotenoid and apocarotenoid biogenesis and function.
    • Interaction between photoreception and photosynthesis.
    • Engineering plants and green algae for Enhanced Photosynthetic efficiency.
    • Production of biofuels from unicellular algae.

    A short list of recent publications from the lab is listed below as an example of the research field presently explored by the research team.

    A more comprehensive list of publication from the lab can is found at the following Link: https://scholar.google.it/citations?hl=it&user=-SNf1wMAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

    Pinnola, A, M Ballottari, I Bargigia, M Alcocer, C D’andrea, G Cerullo, R. Bassi (2018) Functional modulation of LHCSR1 protein from Physcomitrella patens by zeaxanthin binding and low pH  Scientific Reports 7 (1), 11158

    Dall'Osto, L, S Cazzaniga, M Bressan, D Paleček, K Židek, KK Niyogi, R.Bassi (2018) Two mechanisms for dissipation of excess light in monomeric and trimeric light-harvesting complexes Nature Plants 3 (5), 17033

    Betterle, N RS Poudyal, A Rosa, G Wu, R Bassi, CH Lee (2017) The STN 8 kinase‐PBCP phosphatase system is responsible for high‐light‐induced reversible phosphorylation of the PSII inner antenna subunit CP 29 in rice The Plant Journal 89 (4), 681-691

    Bressan, M, L Dall'Osto, I Bargigia, MJP Alcocer, D Viola, G Cerullo, R.Bassi (2017) LHCII can substitute for LHCI as an antenna for photosystem I but with reduced light-harvesting capacity Nature Plants 2 (9), 16131

    Kondo, T., A. Pinnola, John Ogren, R. Bassi and G. Schlau-Cohen (2017) Single-molecule spectroscopy of LHCSR1 protein dynamics identies two distinct states responsible for multi-timescale photosynthetic photoprotection. Nature Chemistry 9 (8), 772-778.

    Pinnola A, Cazzaniga S, Alboresi A, Nevo R, Levin-Zaidman S, Reich Z, Bassi R. (2015) Light-Harvesting Complex Stress-Related Proteins Catalyze Excess Energy Dissipation in Both Photosystems of Physcomitrella patens.The Plant Cell, (11):3213-27

    Cazzaniga, L S.. Dall’Osto*, L. Scibilia, J. Szaub, M. Ballottari, S. Purton and R. Bassi (2014) Domestication of the green alga Chlorella sorokiniana: reduction of antenna size improves light-use efficiency in a photobioreactor. Biotechnology for Biofuels 7(1):157-167

    Berger, H., Blifernez-Klassen, O., M. Ballottari, R. Bassi, Lutz Wobbe and Olaf Kruse (2014) Orchestration of carbon assimilation and photosynthetic light capture in the photoheterotrophic green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii . Molecular Plant, 7(10):1545-59.

    Pinnola A, Dall'Osto L, Gerotto C, Morosinotto T, Bassi R, Alboresi A. (2013) Zeaxanthin Binds to Light-Harvesting Complex Stress-Related Protein to Enhance Non-Photochemical Quenching in Physcomitrella patens. The Plant Cell. 25(9): 3519-33.

    Dall’Osto, L., Piques, M.,  Ronzani, M.,  Alboresi, A., Cazzaniga S. and Bassi R. (2013) The Arabidopsis nox mutant lacking carotene hydroxylase activity reveals a critical role of xanthophylls for Photosystem I biogenesis. The Plant Cell, 25(2):591-608.

    Competences in biophysics and bioenergetics of chloroplasts and mitochondria, either for analysis in vivo or in isolated protein complexes will be considered with special attention as well as competences in molecular genetics of green algae. However, this call is open to any excellent researcher in Photosynthesis and Bioenergy Research.

    The candidate will progressively develop his own independent research subjects untill reaching the Associate professor position in 5 years time from recruitment. There will be no mandatory teaching charges for the first three years. 

    The Official Call can be found at the following link:

    http://www.univr.it/it/concorsi/-/concorsi/5591?p_auth=RA6seT28

  • 11 Jul 2018 4:32 AM | Julian Eaton-Rye (Administrator)

    Post Doc at Imperial College London to study Chlorophyll f in Photosystem II (see Nürnberg et al., Science 360, 12101213 (2018)

    Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join Professor A.W. Rutherford’s laboratory in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London, UK. The aim of the project is to investigate chlorophyll f –containing Photosystem II. The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the project, including isolation of species, cyanobacterial culture, protein purification, and biophysical and biochemical characterization.

     

    Deadline for application: 27th July 2018

     

    See details:

    https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BKU242/research-associate

    http://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/description/NAT00207/research-associate

  • 02 Jul 2018 4:09 AM | Julian Eaton-Rye (Administrator)
    Two postdoctoral positions are available immediately to develop and test novel strategies for engineering photosynthetic microbes (cyanobacteria, algae, diatoms) for production of fuel and chemical compounds. 13C metabolic flux analysis, targeted metabolomics profiling, algal cell culture, biochemical assays, and molecular biology studies will be key approaches used in the research. Motivation and experience will be important factors in the recruitment process. For more information about the Young laboratory, see our website: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/younglab. Interested applicants should send a current CV including the names of three references to: Dr. Jamey Young at: j.d.young@vanderbilt.edu.

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