Abir Igamberdiev, first author of “Mitochondria in photosynthetic cells: Coordinating redox control and energy balance”
Current Position: Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
Education: PhD and Doctor of Science (habilitation) in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation
Non-scientific Interests: Philosophy of Science, History of Science, Classical Music, Literature
Brief bio: My principal interests in plant biology are in the fields of interaction of photosynthesis and respiration, nitric oxide metabolism, adaptation of plants to low oxygen and other environmental stresses. I worked as guest scientist at Umeå University (Sweden), Free University of Berlin (Germany), University of Wyoming (USA), and Risø National Laboratory (Denmark), then I permanently moved to Canada where I worked at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg) and then at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John’s), where I am currently a professor at the Department of Biology. During my PhD, I studied peroxisomal metabolism, physiological role of photorespiration. Later I worked on plant mitochondria, non-coupled pathways of respiration, investigated plant hemoglobins (phytoglobins), studied the role of adenylate kinase, and contributed to the concept of thermodynamic buffering in metabolism that supports stable non-equilibrium dynamics of living systems. I am also interested in the foundations of theoretical biology, natural philosophy, and dynamics of complex systems.