The Pakrasi Lab studies how cyanobacteria use solar energy to drive the chemistry of life.

We work in many disciplines and have projects that focus on determining how the molecular machines that capture solar energy are assembled and maintained, how cyanobacteria respond to environmental changes at the systems level, and how to engineer new strains of cyanobacteria that are capable of channeling solar energy into biochemical production.

We are part of the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis.


Mini Updates

5/11/20  Congratulations to Dr. Kristen Wendt on the successful defense of her doctoral dissertation!  Kristen presented her thesis work to her committee and a public audience via Zoom, the first graduate student from the Pakrasi lab to have a virtual defense.  Kristen’s thesis, entitled “Engineering natural competence into the fast-growing cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus UTEX 2973”, described work she performed in the Pakrasi lab as a student in the Molecular Genetics and Genomics Program.

2/19/2020 Himadri Pakrasi, in collaboration with several established members of the cyanobacteria research community, authors a publication that discusses new trends in the phylogenetic classification of cyanobacteria.