Student opportunities in molecular analysis of CO2 acquisition by cyanobacteria

Details of projects for Honours and PhD students are not advertised on this public website. However, a number of highly suitable projects are always available, so if you are interested in any area mentioned above please phone or email for a discussion on designing a challenging project that suits your interests.

A few example of project areas include:

  • Molecular and physiological analysis of CO2 concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) in cyanobacteria and microalgae including phylogenetic and evolutionary analysis of CCM components.
  • Exploiting CCM components to engineer crop plants with greater productivity under semi-arid conditions expected under climate change.
  • Dertermining kinetic data for diverse forms of bicaronate transporters and co-relating specific amino acid residues with affinity for bicarbonate.
  • Phylogenetic analysis of CCM gene evolution and detection of horizontal gene transfer (HGT).
  • How are carboxysomes (Rubisco containing mini-organelles) assembled in cyanobacteria?