Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Claudio Calvaruso

Claudio Calvaruso, first author of Specific Lhc proteins are bound to PSI or PSII supercomplexes in the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana

Current Position: PhD candidate at the Institut für Molekulare Biowissenschaften, Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany

Education: PhD candidate at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, in the MSCA-ITN framework “Solar Energy to Biomass” (2017-present); in Industrial Biotechnology (2013-2015) and in Biotechnology (2009-2012) at University of Padua, Italy

Non-scientific Interests: travelling, soccer, books, music

Brief bio: My research experience with photosynthetic organisms started in 2014 at the University of Padua. Here, I carried out my master thesis in the lab of Prof. Alberto Bertucco, in collaboration with Prof. Tomas Morosinotto. The project focused on the physiological acclimation of the alga Nannochloropsis salina to different light intensities and phosphate concentrations, with two peer-reviewed research papers published.

In 2017, I started my PhD at the lab of Prof. Claudia Büchel, at the University of Frankfurt. The project concerns the study of the dynamic of photosystem in the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana. My PhD project is also part of the Horizon2020-MSCA-ITN “SE2B – Solar Energy to Biomass”. This framework involves 11 universities/research institutes in 8 different European countries. In this context, I attended several workshops and scientific conferences during the period of the project. I was also co-organizer of the international conference “Solar energy to biomass – Optimisation of light energy conversion in plants and microalgae”, held in Porto in February 2020.