Robert L. Burnap, Ph.D.

PhD, 1987, Biology, University of California Santa Barbara
230 Henry Bellmon Research Center
Tel: 405-744-7445

We research the oxygenic photosynthetic mechanism in cyanobacteria. We have projects looking into the catalytic capabilities of specific photosynthetic enzymes and projects examining the adaptive mechanisms that enable cyanobacteria to thrive and survive diverse environments. The projects address basic scientific questions as well as applied questions relevant to solar energy, green chemical production, and CO2 mitigation. Hypotheses are addressed using advanced molecular genetic and bioinformatic tools to reprogram the DNA sequences encoding specific molecules and pathways. To evaluate the hypothesized changes due to the genetic reprograming, we utilize a variety of biochemical and biophysical to probe the targeted molecules and pathways.

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