Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: André Vidal Meireles

André Vidal Meireles, first author of Ascorbate deficiency does not limit non-photochemical quenching in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Current Position: Post-doctoral research associate position under Dr. Szilvia Z. Tóth at the Institute of Plant Biology of the Biological Research Centre Szeged (Hungary)

Education: PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Szeged (Hungary), MSc in Bioengineering at the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (Portugal)

Non-scientific Interests: playing the trombone, football, hiking, board games

Brief bio: I obtained my M.Sc. degree from the University of Porto, where I got in touch with different research fields before deciding that studying microalgae was what I wanted for my future. I moved to Hungary for my Ph.D., where I studied the regulation of ascorbate biosynthesis in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, demonstrating the differences between this organism and seed plants. I also studied the relationship between ascorbate accumulation and the establishment of anaerobiosis during H2 production in Chlamydomonas, and the role of ascorbate in the induction of non-photochemical quenching, the findings we present in this paper. Now, as a post-doctoral researcher, I will work on the assessment of the lifetimes of the oxygen-evolving complex subunits of C. reinhardtii under various environmental conditions.