Recognizing Plant Physiology author Yuval Milrad

Yuval Milrad, first author of Bi-directional electron transfer between H2 and NADPH mitigates the response to light fluctuations in green algae

Current Position: Post-Doc position in the ‘Yacoby Lab for Renewable Energy Studies’ at Tel-Aviv University.

Education: PhD in Biotechnology from Tel-Aviv University (Currently under submission).

Non-scientific Interests: I have two young daughters which fill my spare time in many ways. Other than that, I enjoy travelling very much, especially in the wild, as remote as my legs can carry me. However, my primer affection is for the sea, either sitting on its beach or diving in its deep waters.

Brief bio: During my B.Sc. in Bio-Chemistry at Tel-Aviv University, I interned at Jülich Forschungszentrum (Germany), where I learned about biomass phenotyping analysis. This experience paved my path to photosynthetic research and later that year I joined the Yacoby lab as a project student under the supervision of Dr. Oded Liran, where I specialized in the fundamental studies of photosynthesis. After I completed my B.Sc. studies I continued my research as a PhD candidate and recently submitted my thesis. My research focuses on algae physiology in response to light fluctuations. My goal is to elucidate the distribution of electron flow in the photosynthetic apparatus, to find out which metabolic pathways are stealing the electrons from hydrogenase. I believe that in the near future algae-based aquaculture will turn the tide on our battle with the increasing need for food security in a world that is submitted to climate changes.