Rameez Arshad: Plant Physiology First Author

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

Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher, Palacký University Olomouc, Czechia

Education: Ph.D. in Structural Biology

Non-scientific interests: Landscape and astrophotography, nature walks, hiking, playing cricket.

Brief Bio: I obtained my Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Pavia, Italy. I worked in the laboratory of structural biology for the completion of my master’s thesis. After graduating, I was accepted for a joint Marie Curie PhD position in Prof. Egbert Boekema and Dr. Roman Kouril’s lab. With their extensive collaboration, I had the opportunity to gain skills from both labs located in different counties. Recently, I finished my PhD and started working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Biophysics, Palacký University Olomouc. My research is focused on understanding the structure and functions of photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes and their adaptations under different environmental conditions. We employ the methods of electron microscopy including cryo-electron microscopy single-particle analysis and cryo-electron tomography. Our recent review article in Plant Physiology Journal highlights key aspects of our research. With that I am keen to investigate more on the structural characteristics of photosynthetic apparatus in unique photosynthetic organisms.