Joanna Kargul received her Ph.D. degree in biological sciences from the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK (1999) and Habilitation degree from the Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland (2009). She worked as a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at Imperial College London (Group of Jim Barber), where inevitably she became fascinated with molecular and structural aspects of photosynthesis. In September 2011 she moved from London to Warsaw to take up a professorship at the Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, and to establish her own independent research group. She holds two Honorary Fellowships from Imperial College London and University College London. She is Managing Editor of International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology. Her long-standing research focuses on several fundamental aspects of photosynthesis and the functional role of the photosystems with emphasis on the dynamics of their structures and function, especially under extreme growth conditions. As a Member of the EuroSolarFuels consortium, the Kargul team aims to construct a heterojunction tandem device for efficient solar-to-hydrogen conversion. To this end, they develop a stable and efficient self-organised catalyst based on immobilised photosystem I particles from an extremophilic red alga C. merolae for the production of molecular hydrogen.
Biography Updated on 16 January 2013