Team Members

Adrien Burlacot, Principal Investigator

My scientific goal is to understand how photosynthesis acclimates to various environmental fluctuations and the mechanisms that allow it to fast and efficiently fix CO2. Eventually being able to engineer it to create new photosynthesis-based carbon capture technologies. What I enjoy most is working with people from different background, forming a team to work on big goals that no one could achive on its own. I value diversity, people, new ideas, communication, perseverance and safety.

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Curriculum vitae

aburlacot at carnegiescience dot edu

Sai Maddiredi, Postdoc
I received my PhD from University of Hyderabad under the guidance of Prof. S. Rajagopal. My doctoral work was mainly focused on the effect of elevated temperature on the thylakoid membrane complexes in C. reinhardtii. Under an Indo-Japan collaboration project, I worked with Prof. Y. Takahashi at the Okayama University in Japan with an idea that engineering the Photosystem I acceptor side can minimize excitation pressure under high light. After the Ph.D., I continued to work in Department of Plant sciences, University of Hyderabad, as Research Associate under UGC-ISF project in collaboration with Prof. Nathan Nelson (Tel Aviv University, Israel). My post-doctoral work consisted of two projects: to understand the structural dynamics of photosynthetic complexes of Pisum sativum under varying temperature stress; understanding the role of non-high-light induced LHCSR3 expression in C. reinhardtii; under nutrient starvation.

Here at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Adrien Burlacot’s lab, using C. reinhardii as model organism, I will continue to investigate the dynamic relationships between different photosynthetic mechanisms and regulatory pathways under fluctuating environmental conditions.

smadireddi at carnegiescience dot edu

Carolyne Stoffel, Lab Technician
I received my B. A. in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Genetics, Genomics, and Development from UC Berkeley in 2022. As an undergraduate at Cal, I worked as a Lab Assistant in the Dawson Lab and the Center for Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry. I also was an apprentice in the Simms Lab where I conducted research on plants and their microbiomes in a changing climate. I am looking forward to joining the lab to deepen my understanding of photosynthesis and to address global issues using science. Outside of the lab, I enjoy going to concerts, taking nature walks, and trying new vegan foods!

cstoffel at carnegiescience dot edu

If you are interested in photosynthesis, microalgae and CO2 fixation, stay tuned for incoming announcements of job positions!

We would love to have you on this adventure !

You are looking for a postdoc, you're interested in microalgal photosynthesis ?

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We are always looking for talented people to developp new ideas !


Jacob Irby

Role in the lab : Lab technician

Hannah Menghis
Role in the lab : Intern
Currently undergraduate at Brown Univ.