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The Key Laboratory of Photobiology of the ChineseAcademy of Sciences (KLPB/CAS), formerly established in 1996 as the Open Laboratory of Fundamental Photosynthesis Researches, was founded in 2009. Currently there are 9 research groups, 43 staff members, including one academician of CAS, 1‘One Thousand Plan’, 5 ‘One Hundred Person Project’ of CAS, and 2 winners of National Outstanding Youth Award. The Director of the Scientific Committee is academician Jindong Zhao and the Laboratory Director is Professor Rongcheng Lin.
Currently, the lab has been established photosynthesis spectrum platform, protein separation and purification platform, protein analysis platform, plant biotransformation platform, the platform of mass spectrometry and biological solar cell research technology platform. We currently have 56 ongoing grants from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), (National Natural Science Foundation of China ) NNSFC and the CAS. In the last five years, the laboratory has published 102 papers in SCI-indexed journals, including 48 with the impact factor above 5.
The key laboratory is to focus on the key issues of the solar energy bio-transformation and its application so as to reveal the molecular mechanism of regulation of light use efficiency. This will provide both technical and theoretical supports for the applications in agriculture and the energy. The major research areas of the laboratory include: photosynthesis energy efficient absorption, transmission and conversion mechanism and biological simulation; photosynthetic function of regulatory networks and light biofuels conversion mechanism; research in regulation of light energy utilization efficiency and high photosynthetic efficiency in crops.