Krishna K. Niyogi

Krishna K. Niyogi

Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
(510) 643-6602
Research Expertise and Interest
genetics, plant and microbial biology, algae, photosynthesis, antioxidants

My long-term research goals are to understand how photosynthetic energy conversion works, how it is regulated, and how it might be improved to help meet the world’s needs for food and fuel. My lab uses interdisciplinary approaches to investigate the biosynthesis and function of photosynthetic pigments and antioxidant vitamins, the mechanisms involved in sensing excess light, and the regulation of photosynthetic light harvesting in saturating light.

In the News

March 6, 2018

A way to grow plants with less water

Crops possibly can be grown with significantly less water by altering a gene involved in regulating photosynthesis, according to new research.
June 16, 2011

Krishna Niyogi named to Howard Hughes and Moore Foundation plant science program

Krishna Niyogi, professor of plant and microbial biology and an expert on photosynthesis, has been named an investigator with an ambitious plant science program sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He is one of only 15 scientists nationwide to be chosen for this honor.