Maria Paola Puggioni
Ph.D., University of Duesseldorf, Germany.
M.Sc., University of Padova, Italy
B.Sc., University of Cagliari, Italy
Photosynthetic organisms experience dynamic environmental conditions in terms of light intensity and quality, CO2 concentration, temperature, water availability etc. CO2 concentration profoundly affects the photosynthetic rate and therefore plants are equipped with efficient mechanisms of CO2 sensing 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 CO2 sensing and in providing CO2 to the active site of Rubisco under dynamic environmental conditions.