Frontiers of Science Seminar: Prof. Roberta Croce


30.11.2023 klo 12.00 - 13.00
Frontiers of Science

November 30th at 12:00
On-site event
Presidentti auditorium

Prof. Roberta Croce, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Breaking the red limit: driving oxygenic photosynthesis with far-red light
Host: Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne (
Coffee and sandwich at 11:45, first come first served!

Six students and early-career postdocs are welcome to have a lunch in restaurant Mauno and discuss with Prof. Croce after the seminar. This is a great possibility to learn hosting skills in friendly environment and create connections for future. Every student is welcome to join, in spite of which research group they belong to. BioCity Turku will offer the lunch.
If you got interested, please send an email to

Roberta Croce and her lab are aiming to understand the molecular bases of the light reactions of photosynthesis to extract the building principles of the light to energy conversion machinery and to use them to improve photosynthesis efficiency and guide the design of artificial systems. They analyze the photosynthetic apparatus at different levels of complexity from a single molecule to the whole organism, which can be a bacterial photosynthetic cell or a plant. They exploit a large number of techniques varying from ultrafast spectroscopies, plant physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. These experimental approaches are integrated with theoretical modeling and molecular dynamics simulations.

ed publications

Mascoli V, Bhatti A.F. , Bersanini L., van Amerongen H. and Croce R. (2022) The antenna of far-red absorbing cyanobacteria increases both absorption and quantum efficiency of Photosystem II. Nature Communications 13 (1), 1-8

Bielczynski, L.W., Xu, P. & Croce, R. (2022) PSII supercomplex disassembly is not needed for the induction of energy quenching (qE). Photosynth Res.

Sattari Vayghan H, Nawrocki WJ, Schiphorst C, Tolleter D, Hu C, Douet V, Glauser G, Finazzi G, Croce R, Wientjes E, Longoni F. (2022) Photosynthetic Light Harvesting and Thylakoid Organization in a CRISPR/Cas9 Arabidopsis Thaliana LHCB1 Knockout Mutant. Frontiers in Plant Science

General information
• You can download and save all the autumn 2023 FoS-seminars to your calendar from here:
• Registration is not needed, participation list is circulated in the audience
• If you are a student and later wish to get a certificate of attendance from the Frontier of Science seminars, print out the seminar diary and after the seminar ask the BioCity coordinator to sign it
• Please note that any audio or video recording of the seminars is strictly forbidden.