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

2/4/2019 Congratulations to Postdoctoral Researcher Cory Knoot on publishing a manuscript on substituting cyanobacterial hydrocarbon synthesis enzymes in Scientific Reports

11/7/2018 The Pakrasi group published a paper in the journal PNAS on the genetic determinants of accelerated growth in the novel cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus UTEX 2973. 

11/2/2018 Himadri Pakrasi was featured in the Washington University publication The Record for receiving a grant from the Department of Energy to study the fast-growing, nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium Anabaena 33047.