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Chemical approaches to improving photosynthesis

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  • Full or part time
    Prof N Long
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Funded by the CDT in Chemical Biology: Innovation in Life Sciences – 1+3 year PhD studentships

Supervisors: Dr Laura Barter | Prof Nick Long | Dr Rudiger Woscholski

This project is focused upon the synthesis, application and analysis of suite of compounds able to produce CO2 within plants. These compounds have the potential to revolutionise the agri-science sector by increasing crop yields, overcoming the inefficiency of the carbon fixating step of photosynthesis. Rubisco is an enzyme involved in this step, catalysing the incorporation of CO2. Unfortunately a competing reaction with Oxygen can also take place, which causes a loss to the plant! To overcome this limitation, this project will focus upon new chemical catalysts that can generate higher CO2 levels within the plant, thus increasing Rubisco efficiency and ultimately plant yields. We are looking for chemists who are interested in combining their synthesis skills with biological applications to address the important global challenge of providing enough food for our growing global population. Students will gain expertise in synthetic chemistry, as well as biological techniques including protein purification, enzyme assays, as well as imaging methodologies. If you would like to know more about this exciting project, please feel free to contact us.

Funding Notes

Applications are encouraged as soon as possible, since positions will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are found.
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