Laboratory of Photosynthesis and Bioenergy
Department of Biotechnology, University of Verona, Italy.

DEADLINE: August 9th, 2018

The position is initially for three years. Upon positive assessment of the research activity, it twill become a tenure track position for Associate Professor.

The successful candidate will join the laboratory of Photosynthesis and Bioenergy and collaborate, in a team with Prof. Roberto Bassi and Prof. Luca Dall’Osto to research in photosynthesis including:

  • Control of Light use efficiency in higher Plants and Green algae.
  • Non-Photochemical quenching of Chlorophyll fluorescence.
  • Mechanisms of abiotic stress resistance.
  • Carotenoid and apocarotenoid biogenesis and function.
  • Interaction between photoreception and photosynthesis.
  • Engineering plants and green algae for Enhanced Photosynthetic efficiency.
  • Production of biofuels from unicellular algae.

A short list of recent publications from the lab is listed below as an example of the research field presently explored by the research team.

A more comprehensive list of publication from the lab can is found at the following Link:

Pinnola, A, M Ballottari, I Bargigia, M Alcocer, C D’andrea, G Cerullo, R. Bassi (2018) Functional modulation of LHCSR1 protein from Physcomitrella patens by zeaxanthin binding and low pH Scientific Reports 7 (1), 11158

Dall’Osto, L, S Cazzaniga, M Bressan, D Paleček, K Židek, KK Niyogi, R.Bassi (2018) Two mechanisms for dissipation of excess light in monomeric and trimeric light-harvesting complexes Nature Plants 3 (5), 17033

Betterle, N RS Poudyal, A Rosa, G Wu, R Bassi, CH Lee (2017) The STN 8 kinase‐PBCP phosphatase system is responsible for high‐light‐induced reversible phosphorylation of the PSII inner antenna subunit CP 29 in rice The Plant Journal 89 (4), 681-691

Bressan, M, L Dall’Osto, I Bargigia, MJP Alcocer, D Viola, G Cerullo, R.Bassi (2017) LHCII can substitute for LHCI as an antenna for photosystem I but with reduced light-harvesting capacity Nature Plants 2 (9), 16131

Kondo, T., A. Pinnola, John Ogren, R. Bassi and G. Schlau-Cohen (2017) Single-molecule spectroscopy of LHCSR1 protein dynamics identies two distinct states responsible for multi-timescale photosynthetic photoprotection. Nature Chemistry 9 (8), 772-778.

Pinnola A, Cazzaniga S, Alboresi A, Nevo R, Levin-Zaidman S, Reich Z, Bassi R. (2015) Light-Harvesting Complex Stress-Related Proteins Catalyze Excess Energy Dissipation in Both Photosystems of Physcomitrella patens.The Plant Cell, (11):3213-27

Cazzaniga, L S.. Dall’Osto*, L. Scibilia, J. Szaub, M. Ballottari, S. Purton and R. Bassi (2014) Domestication of the green alga Chlorella sorokiniana: reduction of antenna size improves light-use efficiency in a photobioreactor. Biotechnology for Biofuels 7(1):157-167

Berger, H., Blifernez-Klassen, O., M. Ballottari, R. Bassi, Lutz Wobbe and Olaf Kruse (2014) Orchestration of carbon assimilation and photosynthetic light capture in the photoheterotrophic green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii . Molecular Plant, 7(10):1545-59.

Pinnola A, Dall’Osto L, Gerotto C, Morosinotto T, Bassi R, Alboresi A. (2013) Zeaxanthin Binds to Light-Harvesting Complex Stress-Related Protein to Enhance Non-Photochemical Quenching in Physcomitrella patens. The Plant Cell. 25(9): 3519-33.

Dall’Osto, L., Piques, M., Ronzani, M., Alboresi, A., Cazzaniga S. and Bassi R. (2013) The Arabidopsis nox mutant lacking carotene hydroxylase activity reveals a critical role of xanthophylls for Photosystem I biogenesis. The Plant Cell, 25(2):591-608.

Competences in biophysics and bioenergetics of chloroplasts and mitochondria, either for analysis in vivo or in isolated protein complexes will be considered with special attention as well as competences in molecular genetics of green algae. However, this call is open to any excellent researcher in Photosynthesis and Bioenergy Research.

The candidate will progressively develop his own independent research subjects untill reaching the Associate professor position in 5 years time from recruitment. There will be no mandatory teaching charges for the first three years.

The Official Call can be found at the following link: