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Photosynthesis (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Decoding the Dynamic Nature of Photosynthesis: Sensing, Regulation, and Remodeling


July 15-16, 2017


Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME Site Information


Shai Saroussi & Silvia Ramundo

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 17, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by April 15, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Photosynthesis is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

This meeting aims to explore the complexity underlying the responses of photosynthesis to an ever changing environment. We will focus on regulatory mechanisms that allow photosynthetic flexibility, as well as on the interactions between photosynthesis and cellular metabolism and the potential capacity of these insights to tailor photosynthesis for man-made systems.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 15, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Photosynthesis" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Regulating the Dynamics of Photosynthesis
Discussion Leader: Silvia Ramundo (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
3:45 pm - 3:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
3:50 pm - 4:20 pmRoberta Croce (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
"Breaking the Dogma: Oxygenic Photosynthesis Without Carotenes"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPhotosynthesis and the Environment
Discussion Leader: Hila Toporik (Arizona State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 7:50 pmHan Bao (Michigan State University, USA)
"Functional Characterization of a New Family of Orange Carotenoid Proteins"
7:50 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:55 pm - 8:10 pmNicoletta Liguori (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
"Different Carotenoid Conformations Have Distinct Functions in Light Harvesting Regulation in Plants"
8:10 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmVasco Giovagnetti (Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom)
"Insights into the Molecular Mechanics of Excess Energy Dissipation in the Diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum"
8:30 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 8:50 pmMing-Yang Ho (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Remodeling of Photosynthetic Complexes in Far-Red Light"
8:50 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:10 pmChristopher Gisriel (Arizona State University, USA)
"Structure of a Homodimeric Photosynthetic Reaction Center"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amIntegration of Photosynthesis with Metabolism and Alternative Electron Flow
Discussion Leader: Shai Saroussi (Carnegie Institutution for Science, USA)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:20 amKaren Zinzius (University of Muenster, Germany)
"A Calcium-Dependent Switch in Calredoxin Function Reveals Importance of CRX for Stress Acclimation and Fine-Tuning of Photosynthesis"
9:20 am - 9:25 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:40 amFelix Buchert (Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique Paris, France)
"A Gamma-Subunit Point Mutation of F1Fo ATP Synthase Results in Tolerance to Reactive Oxygen Species In Vitro and in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Chloroplasts"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:00 amShivani Upadhyaya (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India)
"Cross-Talk Between TOR Kinase Activity, N-Starvation and Photosystems in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii"
10:00 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:20 amVivekanand Tiwari (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
"Plastoquinol Terminal Oxidase (PTOX) Disulfide-State and Its Implications on Photosynthesis Regulation"
10:20 am - 10:25 amDiscussion
10:25 am - 10:40 amJuliana Artier (Oklahoma State University, USA)
"Structure-Function Studies of the CO2 Uptake Protein CupA of the NDH-13 Complex in Cyanobacteria"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmSynthetic Restructuring of Photosynthesis
Discussion Leader: Marcia Ortega Ramos (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
1:35 pm - 1:50 pmJenny Zhang (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Photochemical Performance of Photosystem II In Vitro vs In Vivo"
1:50 pm - 1:55 pmDiscussion
1:55 pm - 2:10 pmVinzenz Bayro-Kaiser (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
"Temperature-Sensitive PSII: A Novel Approach for Sustainable Photosynthetic Hydrogen Production"
2:10 pm - 2:15 pmDiscussion
2:15 pm - 2:30 pmGeneral Discussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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