Solar Fuels Laboratory

The sun powers almost all life on earth via the fundamental process of photosynthesis. The natural photosystems (photosystems I and II) are capable of capturing light and converting solar energy into chemical bonds within reduced carbon compounds. These are large macromolecular membrane protein complexes that together to form biological nanoscale solar energy converters operating at an internal quantum efficiency close to unity.

Solar energy conversion is one of the few renewable ways to produce clean energy to meet the increasing demands of modern civilization. In the era of global climate change, there is a strong need to understand photosynthetic processes and their regulatory basis, particularly in relation to solar fuel production in extreme environments.

Our research focuses on three main long-term objectives:

  • to understand the mechanisms of photosynthetic energy conversion at the molecular level in the extremophilic photosynthetic apparatus, using model extremophiles such as the red microalga Cyanidioschyzon merolae and cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus,
  • to dissect molecular mechanisms of photosynthetic adaptation under extreme conditions and fluctuating light,
  • to construct truly ‘green’, viable, biohybrid solar-to-fuel nanodevices that mimic the most crucial steps of the early stages of photosynthesis to produce fuels, such as molecular hydrogen and renewable carbon-based fuels.

As members of major European collaborative initiatives, the EuroSolarFuels (2011-2014) and PolTur/GraphESol (2016-present) consortia, we work on optimizing the construction and performance of biophotoelectrodes, which can be built into the heterojunction tandem devices to achieve efficient solar-to-hydrogen conversion.

Methods used in the Kargul lab include an array of chromatographic approaches (AEC, HIC, IMAC, SEC), biochemical techniques (SDS-PAGE, BN-PAGE, Western blotting, sucrose gradient fractionation etc.), molecular biology methods (RT-PCR, DNA cloning), spectroscopic methods (fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy), photoelectrochemistry, organic chemistry and bioinformatics. We also have close collaboration with top national and international experts in materials science, photovoltaics, AFM photophysics, and computational chemistry to characterize and optimize the electron and energy transfer processes within the constructed artificial leaf devices.

International collaborations:

  • Kasim Ocakoglu, Mersin University, Turkey
  • Roman Kouřil, Palacký University, Olomouc, the Czech Republic
  • Radek Kaňa, Czech Academy of Sciences, Trebon, the Czech Republic
  • Dwayne Miller, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Hamburg, Germany
  • Johannes Messinger, Uppsala University/Umeå University, Sweden

National collaborations:

  • Sebastian Maćkowski, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń
  • Bartosz Trzaskowski, CeNT UW, Warsaw
  • Dorota Pawlak, CeNT UW/ITME, Warsaw
  • Anna Śrębowata, Institute of Physical Chemistry, PAS, Warsaw
  • Adam Kubas, Institute of Physical Chemistry, PAS, Warsaw
Prof. Joanna Kargul
email: j.kargul@cent.uw.edu.pl
phone: +48 22 55 43 760
room: 02.171/02.130

Prof. Dr. hab. Joanna Kargul (Associate Professor, Group Leader) is Head of the Laboratory of Solar Fuels at CeNT UW. She obtained a PhD in biological sciences in 1999 from the University of Warwick, UK. Her postdoctoral research conducted in the group of James Barber at Imperial College London, UK led to several discoveries of novel molecular mechanisms of photosynthetic adaptation to changing environment (e.g. dissecting the molecular components of state transitions) and refining the crystallographic structure of the PSII oxygen evolving complex. Habilitation in 2009 from the University of Warsaw. Since 2011 Associate Professor following establishing an independent research group at the University of Warsaw. In 2011 J. Kargul established a node for solar fuels research in Poland and has led several projects on application of extremophilic red algal photosystems (light harvesting protein complexes) for construction of biohybrid solar cells and solar-to-hydrogen devices. She has extensive experience and success in leading several national and international grants (e.g. ESF/EuroSolarFuels/Solarfueltandem consortium) as well coordinating the bilateral Polish-Turkish consortium POLTUR/GraphESol which have all been focused on natural and artificial solar energy conversion. She serves as the International Ambassador of the Biochemical Society and serves on several editorial and strategic boards of the funding bodies (e.g. IJBCB, J Nanotech, Grants Committee of the Biochemical Society). She holds two Honorary Fellowships from Imperial College London and University College London. She is Senior Editor of Int J of Biochem Cell Biol.

Dr. Kargul’s long-standing research focuses on several fundamental aspects of photosynthesis and the functional role of the photosystems with emphasis on the dynamics of their structure and function, especially under extreme growth conditions. She and her group apply this fundamental knowledge for construction of biohybrid solar-to-fuel devices incorporating photosystems and various conductive and semi-conductive materials (e.g. graphene, silicon, hematite etc.). This highly interdisciplinary research spans structural biology, biochemistry, plant physiology, electrochemistry, biophysics and material science. Over 36 publications including papers in Plant Cell, EMBO J, JBC, Adv Funct Mat, J Mat Chem A and C, RSC Adv, with the Google Scholar h-index: 17, >1500 citations w/o self-citations; >60 international invited talks.

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

1 Sep 2011 – to date     Associate Professor, University of Warsaw

20 April 2009                 DSc (Dr hab.) in Biological Sciences, University of Warsaw, Poland.

Habilitation thesis: “Supramolecular organisation of Photosystems I and II in differential redox conditions”

13 July 1999                  PhD in Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, UK.

Thesis: “Biochemical characterisation of the AUX1 protein from Arabidopsis thaliana”.

17 June 1993                 MSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (First Class Honours), University of Warsaw, Poland.

Thesis: “Oxygen evolution and lipid hydrolysis in thylakoids of chilling-sensitive and chilling-resistant plants”.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:

Sep 2014 – to date        Associate Professor/Head of the Solar Fuels Lab, Center of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Poland

Sep 2011 – Aug 2014    Associate Professor/Group Leader, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Poland

May 2001 – Aug 2011    Senior Research Fellow, Division of Molecular Biosciences, Imperial College London, UK

Nov 1998 – April 2001    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biophysics, Imperial College at Wye, UK

Aug 1992 – Aug 1994    Research and Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Poland

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS:

Jan 2018                       The University of Warsaw Rector’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievements

Aug 2011 – to date        Honorary Fellowship, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London

Sep 2005 – to date        Honorary Research Fellowship, Department of Medicine, University College London, UK

Oct 1994 – Sep 1998     PhD Wolfson Research Scholarship, University of Warwick, UK

Feb 1992 – Jun 1992     TEMPUS Scholarship, University College of North Wales, Bangor, UK

GRANTS AWARDED:

2018 – Principal Investigator of the Polish National Science Centre OPUS grant (Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Poland) “Design and optimisation of molecular interface for efficient electron transfer within photosystem I-based photovoltaic devices” (years 2018-2021; 2,017,600 PLN)

2016 – Coordinator/Principal Investigator of the Bilateral Polish-Turkish Project POLTUR/GraphESol awarded by NCBiR/TUBITAK (consortium of Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Nicolaus Copernicus University and Mersin University) “Graphene-derived electrodes for bio-inspired solar-fuel device” (years 2016-2019, 850,000 PLN)

2016 – Awardee of the NCN “Grants for Grants: promoting quality II” (“Granty na granty: promocja jakości II” Tytuł: „Nowe technologie zmieniające energię słoneczną w paliwa poprzez konwersję dwutlenu węgla przy użyciu biohybrydowych elektrod na bazie komponentów wyizolowanych z organizmów ekstremofilnych”) (8,000 PLN)

2015 – Principal Investigator of the Polish National Science Centre OPUS grant (Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Poland) “Structural and functional characterisation of the photosynthetic apparatus of an extremophilic red microalga Cyanidioschyzon merolae” (years 2015-2018; 1,671,356 PLN)

2014 – Scientific supervisor of the Polish National Science Centre PRELUDIUM grant (Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Poland, awarded to Mr Julian Janna Olmos, my current PhD student) “Investigation of amino acid linker-specific dependence of electron transfer between cytochrome c553 and photosystem I from an extremophilic red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae on a p-doped silicon electrode” (years 2014-2016; 99,810 PLN)

2013 –  Co-Investigator of the Polish National Science Centre OPUS grant (Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Poland) “Developing of a stable transformation system in an extremophilic unicellular red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae 10D” (years 2014-2015; 878,010 PLN)

2011 – Principal Investigator of the EuroSolarFuels/European Science Foundation grant (Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Poland) “Development of self-organised catalyst using highly robust PSI particles from extremophilic red alga C. merolae for sustainable H2 production” awarded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (years 2011-2014; 1,992,212 PLN)

2007 – Named Main Researcher of the EPSRC grant (Imperial College London, UK) “New and Renewable Solar Routes to Hydrogen Energy” (years 2007-2012; 4,200,000 GBP)

2011  – The Biochemical Society General Travel Grant

2006 – The Biochemical Society General Travel Grant

2004  – The Royal Society Conference Grant

2004 – The Biochemical Society General Travel Grant

2000 – The Biochemical Society General Travel Grant

1997  – The Society for General Microbiology President’s Fund Travel Grant

 

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES:

Senior Editor, International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, (Publisher: Elsevier; Impact Factor 2016: 3.505).

Editorial Board, Journal of Nanotechnology

Elected member: The Biochemical Society (International Local Ambassador for Poland), American Society of Plant Biologists, The International Society of Photosynthesis Research, The Science Advisory Board.

REFEREEING SERVICE:

Grants Committee Member, The Biochemical Society (2018-2019)

External Reviewer for H2020 MSCA-IF (Individual Fellowships) 2017 proposals

NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) External Reviewer of the Discovery grants

Reviewer of applications within the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni 2011-2016 ALW, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research;

Reviewer of Polish research grants submitted to the National Centre of Science (NCN, the main Polish Research Council) and Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Diamond Grant)

Senior Editor, Int J Biochem Cell Biol, coordinating peer review and making editorial decisions on over 250 original research papers per year

Regular referee for Plant Physiology, The Plant Cell, Scientific Reports, The International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, Dalton Transactions, PLOSOne, SpringerPlus, International Journal of Nanomedicine, Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, Nano Microletters, Nanoscale Research Letters, Photosynthetica, Biointerphases, Advanced Nanomaterials, and Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

TEACHING AND Student SUPERVISION:

Oct 2016 – present  – co-supervision of a PhD student to construct a viable biohybrid graphene photoelectrode.

Aug 2016 – Sep 2016  –  supervision of a BSc student from Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw to conduct a summer project on investigation of photoprotection mechanisms in Cyanidioschyzon merolae

May 2016 – Aug 2016 –   supervision of 4 high school students (awardees of National Foundation for Children scholarships) to conduct internship in the Solar Fuels Laboratory, Centre of New Technologies

Nov 2015 – present  – supervision of a PhD student to investigate molecular mechanisms of photoprotection in photosynthetic apparatus of Cyanidioschyzon merolae

Jul 2015 – Oct 2015 – Supervision of 4 EUROPA 2020 undergraduate students from Warsaw University of Life Sciences

Jul 2015 – Sep 2015 – Supervision of the ERASMUS student from Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria. Project title: “Construction of the p-doped silicon biohybrid photoelectrode using highly robust photosystem I from Cyanidioschyzon merolae

Jan 2014 – present – Invited TEMPUS lectures on natural and artificial photosynthesis, Warsaw Agricultural University, Poland

Oct 2013 – to date – Lecturer of the course: Perspectives of Modern Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw

Sep 2011 – to date – Supervision of a PhD student to develop bio-inspired nanodevices producing molecular hydrogen. Supervision of an MSc student and a BSc student, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw.

Oct 2009 – March 2010 –  Supervision of an MSc student to develop a chloroplast transformation system in a red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae, Division of Molecular Biosciences, Imperial College London.

May 2007 – Jun 2007  –  Supervision of a BSc Biotechnology student to purify and biochemically characterise His-tagged Photosystem II with Sr2+ replacing Ca2+ in the catalytic site of the water-splitting enzyme, Division of Molecular Biosciences, Imperial College London.

Jun 2006 – Sep 2006 –  Supervision of an exchange student from Tokyo Institute of Technology to conduct 3D crystallization of Photosystem II with strontium replacing calcium in the oxygen evolving centre, Division of Molecular Biosciences, Imperial College London.

Mar 2006 – Tutor of 35 1st year PhD students within Imperial College London Graduate School (Faculty of Life Sciences, Research Skills Development Course).

Oct 2002 – Oct 2007 – Imperial College London.  Co-supervision of two PhD students to conduct projects on (i) genetic and biochemical manipulation of hydrogen gas production by green algae (ii) 3D crystallization of Photosystem II (water-splitting enzyme).  Training of a junior post-doctoral research associate in structural studies of photosynthetic macromolecules. Co-supervised undergraduate projects (3 in total).

Sep 1999 – Aug 2000 – Imperial College at Wye.  Supervision of a BSc student to conduct a final year project on identification and biochemical analysis of novel mechanisms of plant responses to drought stress.

Oct 1996 – May 1997 – University of Warwick, Department of Biological Sciences.  Report marking, tutorials, design and running laboratory practical courses for undergraduate/graduate students (Plant Biochemistry/Physiology Modules).

Oct 1992 – May 1993 – University of Warsaw, Faculty of Biology. Tutorials and running laboratory practicals for undergraduates (Protein Biochemistry and Enzymology Modules).

Refereed publications (with CeNT affiliation):

  1. Controlling the charge transfer flow at the graphene/pyrene-nitrilotriacetic acid interface.
    Osella S*, Kiliszek M, Harputlu E, Unlu CG, Ocakoglu K, Kargul J.*, Trzaskowski, B.  (2018)
    J. Mater. Chem. C, 6, 5046-5054
  2. Molecular mechanisms of photoadaptation of photosystem I supercomplex from an evolutionary cyanobacterial/algal intermediate.
    Haniewicz, P., Abram, M., Nosek, L., Kirkpatrick, J., El-Mohsnawy, E., Olmos, J. D. J., Kouril R. & Kargul, J. M.* (2018).
    Plant Physiol., 176, 1433-1451.
  3. Plasmon-induced absorption of blind chlorophylls in photosynthetic proteins assembled on silver nanowires.
    Szalkowski, M., Olmos, J. D. J., Buczyńska, D., Maćkowski, S., Kowalska, D., & Kargul, J. (2017).
    Nanoscale, 9(29), 10475-10486.
  4. Biophotovoltaic Systems Based on Photosynthetic Complexes
    Kargul, J., Bubak, G., & Andryianau, G. (2017).
    In: Wandelt, K., (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Interfacial Chemistry: Surface Science and Electrochemistry, vol. 7, pp 43–63. (book chapter)
  5. RNA splicing: An ingenious gene self editing tool.
    Kargul, J., Irminger-Finger, I., & Laurent, G. J. (2017).
    The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology, 91(Pt B), 81.
  6. Metabolomics: Taking snapshots of cellular physiology in health and disease.
    Kargul, J., Irminger-Finger, I., & Laurent, G. J. (2017).
    Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology 2017, 93, 86, IF=3.505
  7. Biofunctionalisation of p-doped silicon with cytochrome c553 minimises charge recombination and enhances photovoltaic performance of the all-solid-state photosystem I-based biophotoelectrode.
    Olmos, J. D. J., Becquet, P., Gront, D., Sar, J., Dąbrowski, A., Gawlik, G., … & Kargul, J. (2017).
    RSC Advances, 7(75), 47854-47866.
  8. Diabetes: Present and Future.
    Iminger-Finger, I., Kargul, J., & Laurent, G. J. (2017).
    The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology, 88, 196.
  9. A quest for the artificial leaf.
    Janna Olmos JD, Kargul J.
    Int J Biochem Cell Biol 2015, 66: 37-44
  10. Oxygenic photosynthesis: translation to solar fuel technologies.
    Olmos, J. D. J., & Kargul, J. (2014)
    Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae, 83(4), 423.
  11. Unequal misses during the flash-induced advancement of photosystem II: effects of the S-state and acceptor side cycles.  Janna Olmos J.D., Chernev, P., Kargul, J, Messinger, J. (2018) Photosynth. Res., accepted.
  12. Orientation of photosystem I on graphene through cytochrome c553 leads to improvement in photocurrent generation. Kiliszek M, Harputlu E, Szalkowski M, Kowalska D, Unlu CG, Haniewicz P, Abram M, Wiwatowski K, Niedzióka-Jönsson J, Mackowski S*, Ocakoglu K*, J. Kargul*; J. Mater. Chem. A (2018)

 Refereed publications (without CeNT affiliation):

  1. Ocakoglu K*, Krupnik T, van den Bosch B, Harputlu E, Gullo MP, Janna Olmos JD, Yildirimcan S, Gupta RK, Yakuphanoglu F, Barbieri A, Reek JNH, Kargul J* (2014) Photosystem I-based biophotovoltaics on nanostructured hematite. Funct. Mat., 24, 7467–7477.
  2. Nilsson H, Krupnik T, Kargul J, Messinger J (2014) Substrate water exchange in photosystem II core complexes of the extremophilic red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 1837, 1257-1262.
  3. van Oort B, Kargul J, Maghlaoui, K, Barber J, van Amerongen H (2014) Fluorescence kinetics of PSII crystals containing Ca2+ or Sr2+ in the oxygen-evolving complex. Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 1837, 264-269.
  4. Krupnik T, Kotabova E, van Bezouwen LS, Mazur R, Garstka M, Nixon PJ, Barber J, Kana R, Boekema EJ, Kargul J* (2013) A reaction centre-dependent photoprotection mechanism in a highly robust photosystem II from an extremophilic red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. J. Biol. Chem., 288, 23529-23542.
  5. Kargul J*, Jarzębińska A, Janna Olmos JD, Krupnik T (2013) Application of photosystem I for production of hydrogen as a clean fuel. In: “Interdisciplinary and Applicable Importance of Botanical Sciences” (ed. A Biedunkiewicz, M Dynowska), pp.11-19, Mantis, Olsztyn, Poland.
  6. Kargul J*, Janna Olmos JD, Krupnik T (2012) Structure and function of photosystem I and its application in biomimetic solar-to-fuel systems. J. Plant Physiol., 169, 1639-1653.
  7. Kargul J, Boehm M, Morgner N, Robinson CV, Nixon PJ, Barber J (2012) Compositional and structural analyses of the photosystem II from the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. In: “Photosynthesis: Research for Food, Fuel and Future” (ed. C Lu, L Zhang, T Kuang), pp. 59-63, Zhejiang Univ. Press, Springer-Verlag.
  8. Kargul J, Barber J (2011) Structure and Function of Photosynthetic Reaction Centres. In: “Molecular Solar Fuels” (ed. W Hillier and TJ Wydrzynski), pp. 107-142, RSC Publishing, London.
  9. Murray JW, Maghlaoui K, Kargul J, Sugiura M, Barber J (2008) Analysis of xenon binding to photosystem II by X-ray crystallography. Res., 98, 523-527.
  10. *Romanowska E, *Kargul J, Powikrowska M, Finazzi G, Nield J, Drozak A, Pokorska B (2008) Structural organisation of photosynthetic apparatus in agranal chloroplasts of maize. Biol. Chem., 283, 26037-46. *corresponding authors
  11. Murray JW, Maghlaoui K, Kargul J, Ishida N, Lai T-L, Rutherford AW, Sugiura M, Boussac A, Barber J (2008) X-ray crystallography identifies two chloride binding sites in the oxygen-evolving centre of Photosystem II. Energy Environ. Sci., 1, 161-166.
  12. *Kargul J, Barber J (2008) Photosynthetic acclimation: Structural reorganisation of light-harvesting antenna – the role of redox-dependent phosphorylation of major and minor chlorophyll a/b binding proteins. FEBS J., 275, 1056-1068. (invited review) *corresponding author
  13. *Kargul J (2008) Photosynthetic acclimation: Molecular mechanisms of short and long-term acclimation. FEBS J., 275, 1055. *corresponding author
  14. Kargul J, Maghlaoui K, Murray JW, Deak Z, Vass I, Boussac A, Rutherford AW, Barber J (2007) Purification, crystallization and X-ray diffraction analyses of the elongatus PSII core dimer with strontium replacing calcium in the oxygen-evolving complex. Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 1767, 404-413.
  15. Turkina MV, Kargul J, Blanco-Rivero A, Villarejo A, Barber J, Vener AV (2006) Environmentally-modulated phosphoproteome of photosynthetic membranes in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Cell. Proteomics, 5, 1412-1425.
  16. Kargul J, Turkina MV, Nield J, Benson S, Vener AV, Barber J (2005) Light-harvesting complex II protein CP29 binds to photosystem I of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii under State 2 conditions. FEBS J., 272, 4797-806.
  17. Melkozernov AN, Kargul J, Lin S, Barber J, Blankenship RE (2005) Spectral and kinetic analysis of the energy coupling in the PSI-LHCI supercomplex from the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii at 77K. Res., 86, 203-15.
  18. Kargul J, Nield J, Benson S, Barber J (2005) Structure of Chlamydomonas LHCI-PSI supercomplex during state transitions. In: “Photosynthesis: Fundamental Aspects to Global Perspectives” (ed. A van der Est, D Bruce), vol. 2, pp. 774-776, Allen Press, Lawrence, USA.
  19. Melkozernov AN, Kargul J, Lin S, Barber J, Blankenship RE (2005) Excited state dynamics in the PSI-LHCI supercomplex from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii: excitation wavelength dependence study. In: “Photosynthesis: Fundamental Aspects to Global Perspectives” (ed. A van der Est, D Bruce), vol. 1, pp. 178-180, Allen Press, Lawrence, USA.
  20. Swarup R, Kargul J, Marchant A, Zadik D, Rahman A, Mills R, Yemm A, May S, Williams L, Millner P, Tsurumi S, Moore I, Napier R, Kerr ID, Bennett MJ (2004) Structure-function analysis of the presumptive Arabidopsis auxin permease AUX1. Plant Cell, 16, 3069-3083. joint first authorship
  21. Melkozernov AN, Kargul J, Lin S, Barber J, Blankenship RE (2004) Energy coupling in the PSI-LHCI supercomplex from the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Phys. Chem., 108, 10547-10555.
  22. Kargul J, Nield J, Barber J (2003) Three-dimensional reconstruction of a Light-Harvesting Complex I-Photosystem I (LHCI-PSI) supercomplex from the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Biol. Chem., 278, 16135-16141.
  23. Kargul J, Gansel X, Tyrrell M, Sticher L, Blatt MR (2001) Protein-binding partners of the tobacco syntaxin NtSYR1. FEBS Lett., 508, 253-258.
  24. Marchant A, Kargul J, May ST, Muller P, Delbarre A, Perrot-Rechenmann C, Bennett MJ (1999) AUX1 regulates root gravitropism in Arabidopsis by facilitating auxin uptake within root apical tissues. EMBO J., 18, 2066-2073.
  25. Garstka M, Kargul J (1995) Effect of superoxide and redox agents on lipid peroxidation in pea and bean thylakoid membranes. In: “Photosynthesis: From Light to Biosphere” (ed. P. Mathis), pp. 489-492, Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, Dordrecht, Netherlands.
  26. Sączyńska V, Kargul J, Kaniuga Z (1993) Discrimination between chilling-sensitive and chilling-resistant plants based on measurements of free fatty acid accumulation and inactivation of oxygen evolution in aged chloroplasts. Acta Biochim. Pol., 40, 507-513.

Editorials:

  1. Kargul J, Irminger-Finger I, Laurent GJ. (2017) Metabolomics: Taking snapshots of cellular physiology in health and disease.
    Int J Biochem Cell Biol. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocel.2017.11.005
  2. Kargul J, Irminger-Finger I., Laurent GJ (2017) RNA Splicing: an ingenious gene self-editing tool.
    Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol., 91, 81.
  3. Irminger-Finger I, Kargul J, Laurent GJ. (2016) Diabetes: Present and future.
    Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol., 88, 196.
  4. Irminger-Finger I, Kargul J, Laurent GJ. (2016) Oxidative stress signalling: too much of a good thing.
    Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol., 81, 233.
  5. Irminger-Finger I, Kargul J, Laurent GJ. (2016) Extracellular Matrix: a modular soil for stem cells.
    Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol., 81, 164.
  6. Kargul J, Irminger-Finger I., Laurent GJ (2016) Proteolytic degradation pathways in health and disease.
    Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol., 79, 401.
  7. Irminger-Finger I., Kargul J, Laurent GJ (2016) G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs): The more the merrier.
    Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol., 77, 181-182.
  8. Kargul J, Irminger-Finger I., Laurent GJ (2016) Nanomedicine: Application of nanoparticles in clinical therapies and diagnostics.
    Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol., 75, 140.
  9. Kargul J, Irminger-Finger I., Laurent GJ (2015) Epigenetic regulation of disease: there is more to a gene than its sequence.
    Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol., 67, 43.
  10. Kargul J, Irminger-Finger I., Laurent GJ (2015) Mitochondrial diseases: From the lab bench to therapies.
    Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol., 63, 1.
  11. Kargul J, Laurent GJ, Irminger-Finger I. (2014) Regenerative medicine: future impact on clinical therapies and society.
    Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol., 56, 1.
  12. Irminger-Finger I, Kargul J, Laurent GJ. (2014) Non-coding RNAs: A novel level of genome complexity.
    Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol., 54, 286.
  13. Irminger-Finger I, Kargul J, Laurent GJ. (2014) Rare cancers: What we can learn from them.
    Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol., 53, 459–460.
  14. Kargul J, Irminger-Finger I (2014) Cystic fibrosis: from a single gene to complex pathophysiology.
    Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol., 52, 1.

 

 


Group Leader:
Prof. Joanna Kargul


Postdoctoral Fellows:
Patrycja Haniewicz, PhD
Margot Jacquet, PhD
Małgorzata Kiliszek, PhD
Jarosław Sar, PhD

PhD students:
Mateusz Abram, MSc
Ewa Borowska, MSc
Miriam Izzo, MSc

student:
Gaweł Bojanowski

Alumni:
Julian David Janna Olmos, PhD
Philippe Becquet, MSc
Anita Jarzębińska, MSc
Grzegorz Bubak, PhD Eng
Gleb Andryianau, MSc Eng
Tomasz Kalinowski, BSc
Paulina Misiukiewicz, BSc
Julia Dreksler, BSc
Gaweł Bojanowski, BSc
Jacek Rymuszka, BSc
Marcin Kleibert
Jędrzej Machtyl
Szymon Piaszczyński
Rafał Stachura
Szymon Górnisiewicz
Justyna Kiełbasa
Małgorzata Kucia
Unequal misses during the flash-induced advancement of photosystem II: effects of the S-state and acceptor side cycles
Pham, L. V., Olmos, J. D., Chernev, P., Kargul, J., & Messinger, J. (2019).
Photosynthesis Research, 139(1-3), 93-106
Molecular Mechanisms of Photoadaptation of Photosystem I Supercomplex from an Evolutionary Cyanobacterial/Algal Intermediate
Haniewicz P., Abram M., Nosek L., Kirkpatrick J., El-Mohsnawy E., Janna Olmos J., Kouril R., Kargul J.* (2018).
Plant Physiol., 176, 1433–1451.
Biophotovoltaic Systems Based on Photosynthetic Complexes
Kargul, J., Bubak, G., & Andryianau, G. (2018).
In: Wandelt, K., (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Interfacial Chemistry: Surface Science and Electrochemistry, vol. 7, pp 43–63. (book chapter).
Controlling the charge transfer flow at the graphene/pyrene-nitrilotriacetic acid interface
Osella S*, Kiliszek M, Harputlu E, Unlu CG, Ocakoglu K, Kargul J*, Trzaskowski B (2018).
J. Mater. Chem. C. 6, 5046-5054
Orientation of photosystem I on graphene through cytochrome c(553) leads to improvement in photocurrent generation
Kiliszek, M., Harputlu, E., Szalkowski, M., Kowalska, D., Unlu, C. G., Haniewicz, P., . . . & Kargul, J.
Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6(38), 18615-18626
Plasmon-induced absorption of blind chlorophylls in photosynthetic proteins assembled on silver nanowires.
Szalkowski, M., Olmos, J. D. J., Buczyńska, D., Maćkowski, S., Kowalska, D., & Kargul, J. (2017).
Nanoscale, 9(29), 10475-10486.
RNA splicing: An ingenious gene self editing tool
Kargul, J., Irminger-Finger, I., & Laurent, G. J. (2017).
The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology, 91(Pt B), 81.
Metabolomics: Taking snapshots of cellular physiology in health and disease
Kargul, J., Irminger-Finger, I., & Laurent, G. J. (2017).
Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology 2017, 93, 86, IF=3.505
Biofunctionalisation of p-doped silicon with cytochrome c553 minimises charge recombination and enhances photovoltaic performance of the all-solid-state photosystem I-based biophotoelectrode
Olmos, J. D. J., Becquet, P., Gront, D., Sar, J., Dąbrowski, A., Gawlik, G., ... & Kargul, J. (2017).
RSC Advances, 7(75), 47854-47866.
Diabetes: Present and Future
Iminger-Finger, I., Kargul, J., & Laurent, G. J. (2017).
The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology, 88, 196.
Proteolytic degradation pathways in health and disease
Kargul, J., Irminger-Finger, I., & Laurent, G. J. (2016).
International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, (79), 401
A quest for the artificial leaf
Olmos, J. D. J., & Kargul, J. (2015)
The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology, 66, 37-44.
Oxygenic photosynthesis: translation to solar fuel technologies.
Olmos, J. D. J., & Kargul, J. (2014)
Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae, 83(4), 423.
Oxygenic photosynthsis: translation to solar fuel technologies
Olmos, J. D. J., & Kargul, J. (2014)
Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae, 83(4), 423.

SUNRISE won the Horizon 2020 Grant

Solar Fuels Lab at the DOKO2017 event (Ochota Campus Open Day).

Polish scientists work on the construction of the biohybrid devices. This new technology will allow to
produce hydrogen fuel. Full article here.

Artificial leaf: photosynthesis improved by technology. Full article here.

Scientists from the University of Warsaw make artificial leaf devices. They work using solar energy
conversion for production of “fuel of the future”. Full article here.

What is artificial photosynthesis? – Prof. Joanna Kargul explains in this short clip.