My research focuses on how the photosynthetic alga Chlamydomonas copes with stress, specifically nutrient deprivation and excess light. In nature, organisms frequently face harsh conditions and struggle to survive. Polyphosphate, a energy rich molecule conserved from bacteria to humans, is essential for the acclimation to a wide variety of stresses. In Grossman’s lab I am trying to understand how the synthesis of this molecule helps Chlamydomonas cells acclimate to these conditions.
In this project the intern will learn how to handle Chlamydomonas cultures, will measure different enzyme activities and will acquire some experience in a set of molecular techniques used in our lab.