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

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. 

10/29/2019 Nine members of the Pakrasi Lab attended the 45th Annual Midwest/Southeast Photosynthesis Conference at Turkey Run State Park in Marshall, IN. Congratulations to postdoctoral researcher Cory Knoot and graduate student Virginia Johnson for receiving awards for their poster presentations. Pictures from the conference are in the Gallery.

10/8/2019 Congratulations to previous lab member Daniel Weisz and current graduate student Virginia Johnson on the publication of “A novel chlorophyll protein complex in the repair cycle of photosystem II” in the journal PNAS