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Maria Paola Puggioni


Ph.D., University of Duesseldorf, Germany.

M.Sc., University of Padova, Italy

B.Sc., University of Cagliari, Italy

Research statement: 

Photosynthetic organisms experience dynamic environmental conditions in terms of light intensity and quality, COconcentration, temperature, water availability etc. COconcentration profoundly affects the photosynthetic rate and therefore plants are equipped with efficient mechanisms of COsensing and storage, enabling them to maximize photosynthetic performance accordingly with the surrounding environment. In my project I am interested in studying such mechanisms by characterizing the function of a chloroplast carbonic anhydrase and its role in COsensing and in providing COto the active site of Rubisco under dynamic environmental conditions.