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Krishna Niyogi studies photosynthetic energy conversion and its regulation in algae and plants. In the long term, Niyogi and his team want to understand how photosynthesis works, how it is regulated, and how it might be improved to meet the world’s needs for food and fuel. Current projects focus on mechanisms of photoprotection, assembly and dynamics of photosynthetic membranes, and improvement of photosynthesis, among others. By comparing how photosynthesis works in diverse organisms, the team hopes to uncover general design principles of natural photosynthesis as well as unique environmental adaptations.