JOIN US: Graduate student positions focused on the molecular biology of algae are available for a start in September 2023!
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In the Cvetkovska lab we are interested in how green algae and plants respond and adapt to stress. We use a combination of molecular biology, biochemistry and computational biology to answer fundamental questions of how photosynthetic organisms perceive their environment, how they respond to unfavourable conditions, and how they adapt to long-term stress. We are particularly interested in “life on the edge” and use extremophiles to test how far we can push the limits of plants and algae.
Our motivation: Current climate change patterns threaten our planet and can lead to catastrophic crop failures and loss of biodiversity in natural populations. Studying how photosynthetic life responds to stress is more important than ever, and we are highly motivated to understand how plants and algae are affected by our changing environment. Our long-term goal is to devise strategies to improve their growth and productivity.
We wish to thank our funding partners for generously supporting our research.