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Seminars and Events

The Center hosts a seminar series in which experts in the field present their latest results. We welcome both speakers from within the Center and from other institutes.

View the slideshow of past speakers on the right.

Past seminars

January 23: Gabriel A. Montaño  -  Northern Arizona University
"Who needs a Lipid? Using amphiphilic block copolymers for artificial photosynthesis"

February 27: Dorthe Eisele  -  City College of New York (CCNY-CUNY)
"A Paradigm Shift Inspired by Nature: Robust Frenkel Excitons Despite Extreme Heat Stress"

April 25: Ivan Kassal  -  University of Sydney
"Photosynthetic Antennas and Reaction Centres Use Coherent Delocalisation to Improve Function"

September 13: Jesse Woodson  -  University of Arizona
"Signal Transduction Pathways of Chloroplast Quality Control"

October 25: Carolyn Lubner - National Renewable Energy Laboratory
"Bringing to Light the Mechanisms of Biological Energy Conversion"

November 8: Elizabet Romero -  The Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, Spain
"Engineering Quantum Coherence in Bio-Inspired Systems of Efficient Solar-Energy Conversion"

January 18: Tanai Cardona  -  Imperial College London
"Early Evolution of Photosynthetic Water Oxidation"

January 25: Julio Lloret - Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, Spain
"Towards Light-Driven Reduction. From Solar Fuels to Solar Chemicals"

March 15: Matthias Heyden  - ASU School of Molecular Sciences
"Water in Biomolecular Systems – The Impact of Solvation on Equilibrium Properties and Dynamics"

March 22: Paul King -Biosciences Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, Colorado 
"Photodriven Electron Transfer for Mechanistic Studies of Redox Enzymes"

April 5: Frank E. Osterloh - UC Davis
"Water Splitting Photocatalysis with Inorganic Particles"

April 12: Marilyn Gunner - City University of New York
"Proton transfers in Photosystem II and Cytochrome c Oxidase"

April 19: Wayne Frasch - Arizona State University
"F1-ATPase Molecular Motor-Powered Nanodevices for Detection, Quantitation, and Computation"

October 12: Chris Gisriel -  ASU School of Molecular Sciences
"Structure of a Homodimeric Reaction Center and Insight into the Evolution of Photosynthesis"

October 19: Anna Beiler -  ASU School of Molecular Sciences
"Bioinspired Surface Coatings for Solar Hydrogen Production"

October 26: Vladimiro Mujica -  ASU School of Molecular Sciences
"Temperature-independent Electron Transfer in Biological Systems"

November 2: Charles Arntzen Retirement Celebration - 4p.m. Biodesign Institute, B Atrium

November 9: Anne Jones-  ASU School of Molecular Sciences
"Defining Functional Diversity of Redox Enzymes Electrochemically"

November 16: Moore Lab Student Presentation-  ASU School of Molecular Sciences

March 16: Herta Steinkellner -  University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
"Plant-Based Engineering of Biosynthetic Pathways for Production of Therapeutic Recombinant Proteins"

March 23: Dave Britt - University of California, Davis
"Mechanisms of Solar Fuel Reactions as Probed by Advanced EPR Spectroscopy"

March 30: Gregory Gavelis - Arizona State University
"Stealing Solar Power from Microbes: Lessons from Dinoflagellates"

April 13: Rick Debus - University of California, Riverside

“FTIR Studies of Photosynthetic Water Oxidation”

April 20: Dan Nocera - Harvard University
"The Bionic Leaf: Fuels to Food from Sunlight, Air and Water"

October 20: Gabriela Schlau-Cohen - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Dynamics of Photosynthetic Light Harvesting:  From Conformational Changes to Excitation Energy Transfer"

November 3: John Golbeck - Penn State Univ.
"Extending the Reach of Photosynthesis: The Composition and Function of Electrically Conductive Bacterial Nanowires in Shewanella oneidensis"

November 10: Hilairy Hartnett - ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration
"Geomimicry: Exploring Mechanisms for Mineral-catalyzed Hydrothermal Organic Reactions"

December 1: Bruce Rittmann - ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
"Ironies in Microbial Electrochemistry"

Additional dates to be announced.

All seminars are open to the public and held on Thursdays, at 4:00 p.m. in the Biodesign Institute Auditorium (BDB 105), unless otherwise indicated.

International Society of Photosynthesis 
Research -
 Upcoming Events

January 14: Graham Peers - Colorado State University
“Exploring the Dynamics of Photosynthesis in Algae”

February 4: Tsafrir Mor - ASU Biodesign Institutue
“PCocSH: A Plant-Produced Human Butyrylcholinesterase Variant for Treatment of Cocaine Addiction-Related Diseases”

February 11: Yong K. Chang - Daejon, Korea
“Research Activities in the Field of Microalgae-based Biorefineries at Advanced Biomass R&D Center”

February 25: Roberto Gaxiola - ASU School of Life Sciences
"Proton Pyrophosphatases:  from Salt Tolerance to Sucrose Transport"

March 3: Richard Cogdell – University of Glasgow
"Using Genetic Dissection to Probe the Structure and Function of LH2 Complexes from a Purple Photosynthetic Bacterium”

March 24: David Kehoe - Indiana University
A Self-Regulating Genomic Island Confers Blue-Green Light Acclimation in the Marine Environment

March 31: Jeff Gralnick - University of Minnesota
Extracellular Electron Transfer in Bacteria - Mechanisms, Applications and Enhancement with Light

April 7: Paul Westerhoff - ASU School of Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment
Utilizing Light for Water Purification

April 14: Michael Lomas - Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Beyond Photosynthesis: Biological Carbon cycling in the Global Ocean

April 21: Klaus Lackner - ASU School of Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment
Advances in Capturing Carbon Dioxide from Ambient Air

April 28: Ana Moore - ASU School of Molecular Sciences
Artificial Photosynthetic Constructs that Mimic the PCET Process Involving the Tyrz Redox Relay of PSII

If you would like to volunteer to be in internal speaker or host an external speaker, please contact the director, Dr. Kevin Redding, at