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Yagut
Allahverdiyeva-Rinne
Professor, Molecular Plant Biology
Professor, PhD
Photosynthetic Microbes group, NordAqua Nordic Centre of Excellence, SmartBio Biocity Programm

Contact

+358 29 450 4210
+358 50 350 6181
Tykistökatu 6
20520
Turku

Areas of expertise

Algae
cyanobacteria
plant
photosynthesis
photoprotection
regulation of photosynthesis
biofuels
hydrogen, solar chemicals
immobilisation
biorefinery, wastewater treatment

Biography

I obtained a PhD degree in Azerbaijan. I have joined the Molecular Plant Biology group at the University of Turku as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2002. In 2009, I was awarded with a Docent title in the field of Bioenergetics. I have been acting as Principal Investigator at the Molecular Plant unit, University of Turku since 2010. Currently I am a Professor of Basic and Applied Photosynthesis. Moreover, I am chairing the Nordic Center of Excellence “Towards Versatility of Aquatic Production Platforms: Unlocking the Value of Nordic Bioresources” (NordAqua, www.nordaqua.fi) funded by NordForsk (2017-2022) and the Biocity Turku Research Programme “Advanced Bioresources and Smart Bioproducts – Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy” (SmartBio, www.smartbio.fi).

Teaching

I have been involved in teaching 'Advanced photosynthesis' and 'Bioenergetics' courses since 2009. Currently I am responsible for the MSc program line 'Sustainable Biotechnological Bioprocesses'. 

Research

My research interests have been mainly focused on plant, algal and cyanobacterial photosynthesis and the alternative electron-transport routes, which are heavily involved in regulation of photosynthesis. Currently our team is investigating (i) the alternative electron transport pathways in cyanobacteria and green algae; (ii) the distribution mechanisms of photosynthetic electrons to hydrogenases (or to nitrogenase in heterocytous cyanobacteria); (iii) development of solid-state cell factories (artificial microfilms of algae and cyanobacteria entrapped in tailored polymeric matrices) for efficient bioproduction; (iv) biodiversity of Nordic cyanobacteria and algae for efficient waste-water remediation, for production of biofuels and high-value products. 

Ongoing projects as Principal Investigator/coordinator:

  • 2022-2026 EU Horizon Europe IA - REALM;
  • 2022-2025 EU CSA - SUNER-C;
  • 2021-2023 Research project grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation - PhotoCat;
  • 2020-2023 EU FET-Open FuturoLEAF consortium;
  • 2020-2023 Research project grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation - PhotoPro;
  • 2020-2024 OPERA Global Cooperation Program of Japan (University of Tsukuba, AIST Japan and University of Turku);
  • 2019-2023 Academy Project Funding "AlgaLEAF" consortium;
  • 2018-2022 Academy Project Funding “Revisiting Photosynthesis"
  • 2017-2022 NordForsk NCoE "NordAqua"


*** Our group is always looking for motivated post-docs and PhD students. If you are interested in any of the research areas we pursue you can contact YAR (allahve[a]utu.fi) along with your CV.

**** M.Sc and B.Sc students who are intrested to do their thesis projects can contact YAR (allahve[a]utu.fi) directly.

Publications

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Photobiocatalytic Oxyfunctionalization with High Reaction Rate using a Baeyer-Villiger Monooxygenase from Burkholderia xenovorans in Metabolically Engineered Cyanobacteria (2022)

ACS Catalysis
Erdem Elif, Malihan-Yap Lenny, Assil-Companioni Leen, Grimm Hanna, Barone Giovanni Davide, Serveau-Avesque Carole, Amouric Agnes, Duquesne Katia, de Berardinis Véronique, Allahverdiyeva Yagut, Alphand Véronique, Kourist Robert
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))