Francesco Saccon: Plant Physiology First Author

Francesco Saccon, co-first author of “A kaleidoscope of photosynthetic antenna proteins and their emerging roles”

Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at Wageningen University & Research (Netherlands)

Education: PhD in Biological Sciences at Queen Mary University of London (UK); MSc and BSc in Molecular Biology at University of Padua (Italy)

Non-scientific Interests: Hiking, fossil hunting, chess, videogames, guitar, cooking, reading

Brief bio: I am a plant biologist with expertise in biochemistry and spectroscopy of thylakoid membrane proteins. During my career, I have developed a strong fondness for the light harvesting processes at the very heart of photosynthesis, whose science is at the boundary between physics and biology. I began my research path in the laboratory of Prof. Barbara Baldan at the University of Padua (Italy), where I looked into the molecular factors responsible for plant-microorganism interactions in the root system. Then, I moved to Queen Mary University London (UK), in the laboratory of Prof. Alexander Ruban, investigating the responses of photosynthetic membranes to quick light intensity fluctuations. I am currently working at Wageningen University (Netherlands) where I seek the factors in the thylakoids responsible for plant acclimation to specific light environments.