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

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.

2/3/2020 Research Scientist Michelle Liberton was featured in this month’s Washington University Biology newsletter Biology Spotlight. Read the article here.

12/13/2019 Postdoctoral researchers Cory Knoot and Sandeep Biswas publish a manuscript describing a new Cas12-based CRISPR interference system for the fast-growing cyanobacterial strain Synechococcus sp. UTEX 2973.