2015 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Martin Jonikas, Biology

Chris is studying an algal mechanism to concentrate carbon dioxide, which makes algal photosynthesis more efficient than those of crops such as rice or wheat. Characterizing the protein interactions involved will provide a knowledge base that can make it possible to engineer this algal mechanism into higher plants, increasing resource efficiency and crop yields.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2015:

Localization and Interactions of Photosynthetic Components in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Chris Chen1, Luke Mackinder2, Martin Jonikas1,2
[Department of Biology1, Stanford University; Department of Plant Biology2, Carnegie Institution for Science]