Recognizing Plant Cell first author: Pablo Ignacio Calzadilla

Pablo Ignacio Calzadilla, co-first author of The cytochrome b6f complex is not involved in cyanobacterial state transitions

Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher, Kirilovsky lab, Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell (I2BC), CEA, CNRS, Gif sur Yvette, France

Education: PhD in Biological Science, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; B.S. in Biology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Non-scientific Interests: Music, nature and football (Boca Jrs)

Brief bio: I have always been amazed by how plants respond to environmental changes and adapt to the world in which we live. Thus, after obtaining my B.S. in biology, I decided to do a PhD in plant stress physiology in the lab of Dr. Oscar Ruiz in Argentina (INTECH-CONICET). My research topic was cold stress acclimation in the model legume Lotus japonicus, with focus on how the photosynthetic process adapts to this constrain condition. After obtaining my PhD, I moved as a postdoc to Diana Kirilovsky’s lab in Paris. Nowadays, I am working in cyanobacterial state transitions. Recently, using chlorophyll fluorescence and other biophysical techniques, we showed that cyanobacterial and plants state transitions differs between each other, not only in the mechanisms participating in this process, but also in the signal transduction pathways involved. Our research will allow a deeper understanding of the regulatory processes involved in photosynthesis acclimation to a changing environment, which might have an impact in cyanobacterial biofuel production in the future.