Recognizing Plant Cell first authors: Steven Burgess

Steven Burgess, co-first author of Genome-wide transcription factor binding in leaves from C3 and C4 grasses

Current Position: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Education: 2011 PhD Imperial College London, UK, 2007 BSc Hons Biochemistry, University of Edinburgh, UK

Non-scientific Interests: Painting, reading, running, baking

Brief bio: I am passionate about trying to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis as part of efforts to boost the production of food and fuel. After a PhD working on photobiological hydrogen production in green algae, I moved to Cambridge to research the evolution of C4 photosynthesis to Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) project and am currently part of efforts to speed up relaxation of photoprotection in crops such as soybean, cowpea and corn.