Roberta Croce (www.robertacroce.nl) studied chemistry in Padova and completed her Ph.D. in Plant Biology/Biophysics in Milano in 1998. After two postdoc periods in Germany and Italy, she got a permanent position at the CNR. In 2006 she moved to the University of Groningen and since 2011 she is Professor of Biophysics/Photosynthesis at VU Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of photosynthesis, using an integrated approach including molecular biology, biochemistry and ultrafast spectroscopy. She published more than 150 papers. She is a member of the Royal Holland Society of Science and Humanity and recipient of several personal research grants.
Biophysics of Photosynthesis, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Talk title and synopsis
Harvesting the sun…safely and efficiently
Photosynthesis sustains nearly all life on earth, but the simultaneous presence of excitation energy and molecular oxygen in the membrane makes it a hazardous business. To avoid photodamage while keeping the process working efficiently, plants regulate the amount of excitation energy in the photosynthetic membrane. In this presentation, I will discuss our recent data on light-harvesting regulation in plants and algae.