About the Project
Photosystem II (PSII) is a membrane protein supercomplex, essential for photosynthesis in plants and algae. PSII contains “core” subunits and many loosely associated “light harvesting” subunits, acting like an adjustable satellite dish. Time-resolved observation of structural changes to supercomplexes will provide new understanding of the dynamics of this important system. Furthermore, the PSII supercomplex is an excellent experimental model for method development because its biochemical purification is well-established and the protein is naturally fluorescent (“tags” are not needed). Objectives are: (1) Further develop the current TrEM apparatus into workflows with videospeed AFM/FLIM, (2) Quantify the kinetics of assembly/disassembly of PSII supercomplexes, and (3) Integrate spatiotemporal information to produce a mechanism for PSII assembly.
4 year fully-funded integrated research and skills training programme, starting October 2021:
• Research Council Stipend (estimated £15,600 per year)
• Tuition fees at the UK fee rate (£4,473 per year)
• Research training and support grant
Please note: international tuition fees for 2021 entry are £23,750
Not all projects will be funded; the DTP will appoint a limited number of candidates via a competitive process.
At least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent. We welcome students with biological, chemical or physical sciences, or
mathematical backgrounds interested in biological questions.
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