Associate Professor Min Chen

A08 - Heydon-Laurence Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 5006
Fax +61 2 9351 4119

Biographical details

  • Ph. D, (2003, Sydney), M.Sc & B Sc. (NENU, China)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, ANU, 2003
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellow, USyd, 2004 - 2006
  • Research Fellow, USyd, 2007
  • ARC QEII Fellow, USyd, 2008 - 2012
  • Associate Professor, USyd, 2011 - present
  • ARC Future Fellow, USyd, 2013 - 2016

Research interests

My research interests are primarily concerned with elucidating the molecular and biochemical mechanisms of the energy-storing reactions and photo-regulatory processes in photosynthetic organisms, especially the function of red-shifted chlorophylls in oxygenic photosynthetic organisms (cyanobacteria and algae). We exploit the relative simplicity of oxygenic photosynthetic bacteria (cyanobacteria) or unicellular algae to study the light-harvesting systems, natural variation of the light-harvesting strategy, energy transfer and the function/structure of the pigment-protein complexes involved in these processes. We use a variety of approaches - molecular genetics, protein engineering, confocal fluorescence microscopy, liquid chromatography as well as structural and spectroscopic methods.

As a part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis, we are now increasingly concentrating on improving light harvesting efficiency by extending the photosynthetic active solar spectral region, enhancing light penetration into crop canopies and reducing the wastage of excess sunlight.

Broad research areas: Plant molecular biology, biochemistry of pigments, photosynthesis

Current projects

Subject: Photosynthesis and function of pigment-protein complexes

1. Chlorophyll f-photosynthesis

The photosynthetic reactions take place within the membrane-bound pigment-protein complexes, light harvesting systems and reaction centre systems. Chlorophylls are the essential pigments for photosynthesis. The function of chlorophyll fin photosynthetic reactions is uncertain. The approaches for this proposed project will include – methods for isolation of photosynthetic membranes and pigment-protein complexes by centrifugation, spectroscopic methods for probing the energy transfer pathways and liquid chromatographic methods for determining pigment compositions.

2. Biosynthesis of chlorophyll f

The studies on photophysiological and biochemical properties of red-shifted chlorophylls will advance our understanding of their ecological and evolutionary significance. The recently discovered chlorophyll f has the most red-shifted absorption maximum that is involved in oxygenic photosynthesis. Its biosynthetic pathway is unknown. The approaches for this proposed project will include – cyanobacterial culture technology, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and mass spectrometry.

3. Light-harvesting efficiency and their natural variation

The use of sunlight by plants for the production of biomass is constrained by a number of key biophysical and biochemical limitations and only 4-7% of the energy in sunlight falling onto a crop is captured into organic matter. Two considerations are that only half of the solar spectrum can be absorbed by chlorophylls and that bright light limits the capacity of photosynthetic reactions. This project focuses on the light-harvesting strategy in red-shifted chlorophyll containing photosynthetic organisms. The approaches for this proposal will include – setting-up cyanobacterial cultures under different environments, pigmentation analysis (spectrophotometer and HPLC), pigment-protein complexes isolation technology and physical and biochemical characterisation.

Awards and honours

  • Peter Goldcare Award of the Australian Society of Plant Sciences 2013
  • The Robin Hill Award of International Society of Photosynthesis Research 2013
  • ARC Future Fellowship 2013-2016
  • Finalist in Scientific Research by Australian Museum Eureka Prize 2012
  • Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of Year 2011
  • ARC QE II Fellowship 2008-2012
  • ARC APD Fellowship 2004-2006

In the media

Sydney Morning Herald“Out of the lab, into the spotlight” Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 in Environment, Science Section.http://www.smh.com.au/environment/out-of-the-lab-into-the-spotlight-20111012-1lkvo.html

Min Chen: Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year (Oct. 12 2011) http://www.scienceinpublic.com.au/prime-ministers-prize/pmlifescience11

Feature review of discovery of Chl f by Prof Bernhard Kruetler “A New Factor in Life’s Quest for Energy”in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 50 (11): 2439-2441, Mar. 7 2011.

A cover story “A New Chlorophyll,Chemical Year in Review 2010”in Chemical and Engineering News published by the American Chemical Society. (Dec. 20 2010) http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/88/8851cover.html

2010 Science News of Year Molecules by Gimme F in Science News (Jan. 1 2011)http://www.sciencenews.org/view/feature/id/67707/title/2010_Science_News_of_the_Year_Molecules

A feature article Power plants”by Alan Burdick in On Earth Magazine (Nov. 23 2010) http://www.onearth.org/article/power-plants

“A New Form of Chlorophyll?”in Scientific American (Aug. 19 2010) (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=new-form-chlorophyll,)

“Infrared chlorophyll could boost solar cells” in New Scientist (Aug. 28 2010 v2775 p22)(http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20727755.700-infrared-chlorophyll-could-boost-solar-cells.html

Selected grants

2014

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis; Badger M, Von Caemmerer S, Chen M, Evans J, Farquhar G, Furbank R, Ghannoum O, Hammer G, Jordan D, Price D, Quick P, Whitney S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Centres of Excellence (CE).

2013

  • Biosynthetic and evolutionary pathway of red-shifted chlorophylls; Chen M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Future Fellowships (FT).
  • An automated 3D electron microscopy imaging system comprising a 3View2 and field-emission scanning electron microscope; Liu Z, Chen M, Copeland L, Crawford J, Langrish T, Li Q, Mai Y, Overall R, Weiss A, Ye L; DVC Research/Equipment Grant.

2012

  • The role of chlorophyll f in photosynthesis; Chen M, Willows R, Blankenship R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2009

  • Molecular mechanisms of spectral extension in photosynthesis: the substitution and formation of the novel pigment chlorophyll d; Chen M, Blankenship R, Willows R, Larkum A, Blankenship R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2008

  • Genomic and Biochemical Basis of Pigmentation in Novel Isolates of Marine Cyanobacteria; Hess W, Chen M; Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)/Travelling Fellowship.
  • The evolutionary transition fron anaerobic to aerobic metabolism; Chen M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2007

  • The evolutionary transition from anaerobic to aerobic metabolism; University of Sydney/Bridging Fellowship.

2006

  • Novel Chlorophylls and New Directions in Photosynthesis; Blankenship R, Chen M, Larkum A, Blankenship R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2004

  • Relationship of antenna complexes - reaction centres in chlorophyll d containing oxy-photosynthetic cyanobacterium,Acaryochloris marina; Chen M; Journal of Cell Science (JCS)/Research Grant.
  • Characteristics of chlorophyll d-binding protein complexes: in assembly of light-harvesting complexes; Chen M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Lin, Y., Crossett, B., Chen, M. (2013). Effects of Anaerobic Conditions on Photosynthetic Units of Acaryochloris Marina. In Tingyun Kuang, Congming Lu, Lixin Zhang (Eds.), Photosynthesis Research for Food, Fuel and the Future, (pp. 121-124). Hangzhou and Berlin: Zhejiang University Press.
  • Kiss, E., Kos, P., Chen, M., Vass, I. (2013). Functioning of the Bidirectional Hydrogenase in Different Unicellular Cyanobacteria. In Tingyun Kuang, Congming Lu, Lixin Zhang (Eds.), Photosynthesis Research for Food, Fuel and the Future, (pp. 733-736). Hangzhou and Berlin: Zhejiang University Press.
  • Pan, H., Slapeta, J., Carter, D., Chen, M. (2013). Isolation of complete chloroplasts from Chromera velia-the photosynthetic relative of parasitic Apicomplexa. In Tingyun Kuang, Congming Lu, Lixin Zhang (Eds.), Photosynthesis Research for Food, Fuel and the Future, (pp. 436-439). Hangzhou and Berlin: Zhejiang University Press.
  • Li, Y., Larkum, A., Schliep, M., Kuhl, M., Neilan, B., Chen, M. (2013). Newly Isolated Chl d-Containing Cyanobacteria. In Tingyun Kuang, Congming Lu, Lixin Zhang (Eds.), Photosynthesis Research for Food, Fuel and the Future, (pp. 686-690). Hangzhou and Berlin: Zhejiang University Press.
  • Duxbury, Z., Willows, R., Smith, P., Chen, M. (2013). The Evolution of Far-Red Light Perception in Acaryochloris Marina, a Chlorophyll d-Containing Cyanobacterium. In Tingyun Kuang, Congming Lu, Lixin Zhang (Eds.), Photosynthesis Research for Food, Fuel and the Future, (pp. 638-641). Hangzhou and Berlin: Zhejiang University Press.
  • Neilan, B., Murray, S., Chen, M. (2010). Genomic Contributions to Understanding the Evolution of Red Algal Plastids and Pigment Biosynthesis. In Joseph Seckbach and David J. Chapman (Eds.), Red Algae in the Genomic Age, (pp. 263-273). New York: Springer.
  • Hoober, J., Eggink, L., Chen, M., Larkum, A. (2010). The Chemistry and Biology of Light-Harvesting Complex II and Thylakoid Biogenesis: raison d'etre of Chlorophylls b and c. In Constantin A. Rebeiz, C. Benning, H.J. Bohnert, and more (Eds.), The Chloroplast - Basics and Applications, (pp. 213-229). New York: Springer.

Journals

  • Chen, M. (2014). Chlorophyll Modifications and Their Spectral Extension in Oxygenic Photosynthesis. Annual Review of Biochemistry, 83, 317-340. [More Information]
  • Paul, R., Jinkerson, R., Buss, K., Steel, J., Mohr, R., Hess, W., Chen, M., Fromme, P. (2014). Draft Genome Sequence of the Filamentous Cyanobacterium Leptolyngbya sp. Strain Heron Island J, Exhibiting Chromatic Acclimation. Genome Announcements, 2(1), 1-2. [More Information]
  • Niedzwiedzki, D., Liu, H., Chen, M., Blankenship, R. (2014). Excited state properties of chlorophyll f in organic solvents at ambient and cryogenic temperatures. Photosynthesis Research, 121(1), 25-34. [More Information]
  • Foster, C., Portman, N., Chen, M., Slapeta, J. (2014). Increased growth and pigment content of Chromera velia in mixotrophic culture. FEM Microbiology Ecology, 88(1), 121-128. [More Information]
  • Li, Y., Lin, Y., Loughlin, P., Chen, M. (2014). Optimization and effects of different culture conditions on growth of Halomicronema hongdechloris - a filamentous cyanobacterium containing chlorophyll f. Frontiers in Plant Science, 5(FEB), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Loughlin, P., Lin, Y., Chen, M. (2013). Chlorophyll d and Acaryochloris marina: current status. Photosynthesis Research, 116(2-3), 277-293. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Scheer, H. (2013). Extending the limits of natural photosynthesis and implications for technical light harvesting. Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, 17(1), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Blankenship, R., Chen, M. (2013). Spectral expansion and antenna reduction can enhance photosynthesis for energy production. Current Opinion In Chemical Biology, 17(3), 457-461. [More Information]
  • Li, Y., Cai, Z., Chen, M. (2013). Spectroscopic properties of chlorophyll f. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Biophysical, 117(38), 11309-11317. [More Information]
  • Willows, R., Li, Y., Scheer, H., Chen, M. (2013). Structure of Chlorophyll f. Organic Letters, 15(7), 1588-1590. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Li, Y., Birch, D., Willows, R. (2012). A cyanobacterium that contains chlorophyll f - A red-absorbing photopigment. FEBS Letters, 586(19), 3249-3254. [More Information]
  • Larkum, A., Chen, M., Li, Y., Schliep, M., Trampe, E., West, J., Salih, A., Kuhl, M. (2012). A Novel Epiphytic Chlorophyll d-containing Cyanobacterium Isolated from a Mangrove-associated Red Alga. Journal of Phycology: an international journal of algal research, 48(6), 1320-1327. [More Information]
  • Kiss, E., Kos, P., Chen, M., Vass, I. (2012). A unique regulation of the expression of the psbA, psbD, and psbE genes, encoding the D1, D2 and cytochrome b559 subunits of the Photosystem II complex in the chlorophyll d containing cyanobacterium Acaryochloris marina. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics, 1817 (7), 1083-1094. [More Information]
  • Li, Y., Scales, N., Blankenship, R., Willows, R., Chen, M. (2012). Extinction coefficient for red-shifted chlorophylls: Chlorophyll d and chlorophyll f. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics, 1817 (8), 1292-1298. [More Information]
  • Pan, H., Slapeta, J., Carter, D., Chen, M. (2012). Phylogenetic analysis of the light-harvesting system in Chromera velia. Photosynthesis Research, 111(1-2), 19-28. [More Information]
  • Zhang, X., Chen, M., Gillies, M. (2012). Two Isoforms of Flk-1 Transcripts in Early Diabetic Rat Retinas. Current Eye Research, 37(1), 73-79. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Blankenship, R. (2011). Expanding the solar spectrum used by photosynthesis. Trends in Plant Science, 16(8), 427-431. [More Information]
  • Schliep, M., Crossett, B., Willows, R., Chen, M. (2010). 18O Labeling of Chlorophyll d in Acaryochloris marina Reveals That Chlorophyll a and Molecular Oxygen Are Precursors. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 285(37), 28450-28456. [More Information]
  • Mohr, R., VoB, B., Schliep, M., Kurz, T., Maldener, I., Adams, D., Larkum, A., Chen, M., Hess, W. (2010). A new chlorophyll d-containing cyanobacterium: evidence for niche adaptation in the genus Acaryochloris. Microbial Ecology: an international journal, , 1-14. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Schliep, M., Willows, R., Cai, Z., Neilan, B., Scheer, H. (2010). A red-shifted chlorophyll. Science, 329(5997), 1318-1319.
  • Behrendt, L., Larkum, A., Norman, A., Qvortrup, K., Chen, M., Ralph, P., Sorensen, S., Trampe, E., Kuhl, M. (2010). Endolithic chlorophyll d-containing phototrophs. The ISME Journal, , 1-5. [More Information]
  • Yang, D., Yang, Q., Chen, M. (2010). Incorporation of the chlorophyll d-binding light-harvesting protein from Acaryochloris marina and its localization within the photosynthetic apparatus of Synechocystis sp. PCC6803. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics, 1797, 204-211. [More Information]
  • Zhang, Y., Chen, M., Church, W., Lau, K., Larkum, A., Jermiin, L. (2010). The molecular structure of the IsiA-Photosystem I supercomplex, modelled from high-resolution, crystal structures of Photosystem I and the CP43 protein. BBA - Bioenergetics, 1797 (4), 457-465. [More Information]
  • Bibby, T., Zhang, Y., Chen, M. (2009). Biogeography of Photosynthetic Light-Harvesting Genes in Marine Phytoplankton. PLoS One, 4(2), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Duxbury, Z., Schliep, M., Ritchie, R., Larkum, A., Chen, M. (2009). Chromatic photoacclimation extends utilisable photosynthetically active radiation in the chlorophyll d-containing cyanobacterium, Acaryochloris marina. Photosynthesis Research, 101(1), 69-75. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Floetenmeyer, M., Bibby, T. (2009). Supramolecular organization of phycobiliproteins in the chlorophyll d-containing cyanobacterium Acaryochloris marina. The FEBS Journal, 583, 2535-2539.
  • Swingley, W., Chen, M., Cheung, P., Conrad, A., Dejesa, L., Hao, J., Honchak, B., Karbach, L., Kurdoglu, A., Lahiri, S., et al (2008). Niche adaptation and genome expansion in the chlorophyll d-producing cyanobacterium Acarylochloris marina. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America, 105(6), 2005-2010.
  • Chen, M., Zhang, Y., Blankenship, R. (2008). Nomenclature for membrane-bound light-harvesting complexes of cyanobacteria. Photosynthesis Research, 95(2-3), 147-154. [More Information]
  • Sattley, W., Madigan, M., Swingley, W., Cheung, P., Clocksin, K., Conrad, A., Dejesa, L., Honchak, B., Jung, D., Karbach, L., Chen, M., et al (2008). The Genome of Heliobacterium modesticaldum, a Phototrophic Representative of the Firmicutes Containing the Simplest Photosynthetic Apparatus. Journal of Bacteriology, 190(13), 4687-4696.
  • Chen, M., Zhang, Y. (2008). Tracking the molecular evolution of photosynthesis through characterization of atomic contents of the photosynthetic units. Photosynthesis Research, 97, 255-261. [More Information]
  • Santabarbara, S., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Evans, M. (2007). An electron paramagnetic resonance investigation of the electron transfer reactions in the chlorophyll d containing photosystem I of Acaryochloris marina. FEBS Letters, 581(8), 1567-1571. [More Information]
  • Hoober, J., Eggink, L., Chen, M. (2007). Chlorophylls, ligands and assembly of light-harvesting complexes in chloroplasts. Photosynthesis Research, 94(2-3), 387-400. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Ritchie, R., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Quinnell, R. (2007). Chromatic photoacclimation, photosynthetic electron transport and oxygen evolution in the Chlorophyll d-containing oxyphotobacterium Acaryochloris marina. BBA - Bioenergetics, 1767 (2), 127-135. [More Information]
  • Zhang, Y., Chen, M., Zhou, B., Jermiin, L., Larkum, A. (2007). Evolution of the inner light-harvesting antenna protein family of Cyanobacteria, algae and plants. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 64(3), 321-331. [More Information]
  • Larkum, A., Ip, C., Chen, M., Jermiin, L. (2007). Phylogeny of Prochlorococcus marinus: how is this species related to the rest of the Cyanobacteria? Photosynthesis Research, 91(2-3), 272-273.
  • Chen, M., Cai, Z. (2007). Theoretical study on the thermodynamic properties of chlorophyll d-peptides coordinating ligand. BBA - Bioenergetics, 1767 (6), 603-609. [More Information]
  • Kuhl, M., Chen, M., Ralph, P., Schreiber, U., Larkum, A. (2005). A niche for cyanobacteria containing chlorophyll d. Nature, 433(7028), 820-820.
  • Chen, M., Eggink, L., Hoober, J., Larkum, A. (2005). Influence of structure on binding of chlorophylls to peptide ligands. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 127(7), 2052-2053.
  • Chen, M., Bibby, T., Nield, J., Larkum, A., Barber, J. (2005). Iron deficiency induces a chlorophyll d-binding Pcb antenna system around Photosystem I in Acaryochloris marina. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics, 1708 (3), 367-374. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Bibby, T. (2005). Photosynthetic apparatus of antenna-reaction centres supercomplexes in oxyphotobacteria: Insight through significance of Pcb/IsiA proteins. Photosynthesis Research, 86(1-2), 165-173. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Bibby, T., Nield, J., Larkum, A., Barber, J. (2005). Structure of a large photosystem II supercomplex from Acaryochloris marina. FEBS Letters, 579(5), 1306-1310. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Telfer, A., Lin, S., Pascal, A., Larkum, A., Barber, J., Blankenship, R. (2005). The nature of the photosystem II reaction centre in the chlorophyll d-containing prokaryote, Acaryochloris marina. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 4(12), 1060-1064.
  • Chen, M., Hiller, R., Howe, C., Larkum, A. (2005). Unique origin and lateral transfer of prokaryotic chlorophyll-b and chlorophyll-d light-harvesting systems. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 22(1), 21-28.
  • Chen, M., Zeng, H., Larkum, A., Cai, Z. (2004). Raman Properties Of Chlorophyll D, The Major Pigment Of Acaryochloris Marina: Studies Using Both Raman Spectroscopy And Density Functional Theory. Spectrochimica Acta: Part A Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 60(3), 527-534.
  • Nieuwenburg, P., Clarke, R., Cai, Z., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Cabral, N., Ghiggino, K., Reimers, J. (2003). Examination of the photophysical processes of chlorophyll d leading to a clarificaiton of proposed uphill energy transfer processess in cells of Acaryochloris marina. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 77(6), 628-637.
  • Dehui, M., Chen, M., Lin, S., Lince, M., Larkum, A., Blankenship, R. (2003). Excitation dynamics in the core antenna in the photosystem I reaction center of the chlorophyll d-containing photosynthetic prokaryote Acaryochloris marina. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Biophysical, 107(6), 1452-1457.
  • Bibby, T., Nield, J., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Barber, J. (2003). Structure of a photosystem II supercomplex isolated from Prochloron didemni retaining its chlorophyll a/b light-harvesting system. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America, 100(15), 9050-9054.
  • Chen, M., Quinnell, R., Larkum, A. (2002). Chlorophyll d as the major photopigment in Acaryochloris marina. Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, 6, 763-774.
  • Cai, Z., Zeng, H., Chen, M., Larkum, A. (2002). Raman spectroscopy of chlorophyll d from Acaryochloris marina. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics, 1556 (2-3), 89-91.
  • Chen, M., Quinnell, R., Larkum, A. (2002). The major light-harvesting pigment protein of Acaryochloris marina. FEBS Letters, 514(2-3), 149-152.

Conferences

  • Schliep, M., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Quinnell, R. (2008). The function of MgDVP in a chlorophyll d-containing organism.
  • Chen, M., Donohoe, K., Crossett, B., Schliep, M., Larkin, K. (2007). Molecular bases of antenna systems adaptation in a Chl d-containing organism. 14th International Congress of Photosynthesis, Netherlands: Springer.

2014

  • Chen, M. (2014). Chlorophyll Modifications and Their Spectral Extension in Oxygenic Photosynthesis. Annual Review of Biochemistry, 83, 317-340. [More Information]
  • Paul, R., Jinkerson, R., Buss, K., Steel, J., Mohr, R., Hess, W., Chen, M., Fromme, P. (2014). Draft Genome Sequence of the Filamentous Cyanobacterium Leptolyngbya sp. Strain Heron Island J, Exhibiting Chromatic Acclimation. Genome Announcements, 2(1), 1-2. [More Information]
  • Niedzwiedzki, D., Liu, H., Chen, M., Blankenship, R. (2014). Excited state properties of chlorophyll f in organic solvents at ambient and cryogenic temperatures. Photosynthesis Research, 121(1), 25-34. [More Information]
  • Foster, C., Portman, N., Chen, M., Slapeta, J. (2014). Increased growth and pigment content of Chromera velia in mixotrophic culture. FEM Microbiology Ecology, 88(1), 121-128. [More Information]
  • Li, Y., Lin, Y., Loughlin, P., Chen, M. (2014). Optimization and effects of different culture conditions on growth of Halomicronema hongdechloris - a filamentous cyanobacterium containing chlorophyll f. Frontiers in Plant Science, 5(FEB), 1-12. [More Information]

2013

  • Loughlin, P., Lin, Y., Chen, M. (2013). Chlorophyll d and Acaryochloris marina: current status. Photosynthesis Research, 116(2-3), 277-293. [More Information]
  • Lin, Y., Crossett, B., Chen, M. (2013). Effects of Anaerobic Conditions on Photosynthetic Units of Acaryochloris Marina. In Tingyun Kuang, Congming Lu, Lixin Zhang (Eds.), Photosynthesis Research for Food, Fuel and the Future, (pp. 121-124). Hangzhou and Berlin: Zhejiang University Press.
  • Chen, M., Scheer, H. (2013). Extending the limits of natural photosynthesis and implications for technical light harvesting. Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, 17(1), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Kiss, E., Kos, P., Chen, M., Vass, I. (2013). Functioning of the Bidirectional Hydrogenase in Different Unicellular Cyanobacteria. In Tingyun Kuang, Congming Lu, Lixin Zhang (Eds.), Photosynthesis Research for Food, Fuel and the Future, (pp. 733-736). Hangzhou and Berlin: Zhejiang University Press.
  • Pan, H., Slapeta, J., Carter, D., Chen, M. (2013). Isolation of complete chloroplasts from Chromera velia-the photosynthetic relative of parasitic Apicomplexa. In Tingyun Kuang, Congming Lu, Lixin Zhang (Eds.), Photosynthesis Research for Food, Fuel and the Future, (pp. 436-439). Hangzhou and Berlin: Zhejiang University Press.
  • Li, Y., Larkum, A., Schliep, M., Kuhl, M., Neilan, B., Chen, M. (2013). Newly Isolated Chl d-Containing Cyanobacteria. In Tingyun Kuang, Congming Lu, Lixin Zhang (Eds.), Photosynthesis Research for Food, Fuel and the Future, (pp. 686-690). Hangzhou and Berlin: Zhejiang University Press.
  • Blankenship, R., Chen, M. (2013). Spectral expansion and antenna reduction can enhance photosynthesis for energy production. Current Opinion In Chemical Biology, 17(3), 457-461. [More Information]
  • Li, Y., Cai, Z., Chen, M. (2013). Spectroscopic properties of chlorophyll f. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Biophysical, 117(38), 11309-11317. [More Information]
  • Willows, R., Li, Y., Scheer, H., Chen, M. (2013). Structure of Chlorophyll f. Organic Letters, 15(7), 1588-1590. [More Information]
  • Duxbury, Z., Willows, R., Smith, P., Chen, M. (2013). The Evolution of Far-Red Light Perception in Acaryochloris Marina, a Chlorophyll d-Containing Cyanobacterium. In Tingyun Kuang, Congming Lu, Lixin Zhang (Eds.), Photosynthesis Research for Food, Fuel and the Future, (pp. 638-641). Hangzhou and Berlin: Zhejiang University Press.

2012

  • Chen, M., Li, Y., Birch, D., Willows, R. (2012). A cyanobacterium that contains chlorophyll f - A red-absorbing photopigment. FEBS Letters, 586(19), 3249-3254. [More Information]
  • Larkum, A., Chen, M., Li, Y., Schliep, M., Trampe, E., West, J., Salih, A., Kuhl, M. (2012). A Novel Epiphytic Chlorophyll d-containing Cyanobacterium Isolated from a Mangrove-associated Red Alga. Journal of Phycology: an international journal of algal research, 48(6), 1320-1327. [More Information]
  • Kiss, E., Kos, P., Chen, M., Vass, I. (2012). A unique regulation of the expression of the psbA, psbD, and psbE genes, encoding the D1, D2 and cytochrome b559 subunits of the Photosystem II complex in the chlorophyll d containing cyanobacterium Acaryochloris marina. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics, 1817 (7), 1083-1094. [More Information]
  • Li, Y., Scales, N., Blankenship, R., Willows, R., Chen, M. (2012). Extinction coefficient for red-shifted chlorophylls: Chlorophyll d and chlorophyll f. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics, 1817 (8), 1292-1298. [More Information]
  • Pan, H., Slapeta, J., Carter, D., Chen, M. (2012). Phylogenetic analysis of the light-harvesting system in Chromera velia. Photosynthesis Research, 111(1-2), 19-28. [More Information]
  • Zhang, X., Chen, M., Gillies, M. (2012). Two Isoforms of Flk-1 Transcripts in Early Diabetic Rat Retinas. Current Eye Research, 37(1), 73-79. [More Information]

2011

  • Chen, M., Blankenship, R. (2011). Expanding the solar spectrum used by photosynthesis. Trends in Plant Science, 16(8), 427-431. [More Information]

2010

  • Schliep, M., Crossett, B., Willows, R., Chen, M. (2010). 18O Labeling of Chlorophyll d in Acaryochloris marina Reveals That Chlorophyll a and Molecular Oxygen Are Precursors. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 285(37), 28450-28456. [More Information]
  • Mohr, R., VoB, B., Schliep, M., Kurz, T., Maldener, I., Adams, D., Larkum, A., Chen, M., Hess, W. (2010). A new chlorophyll d-containing cyanobacterium: evidence for niche adaptation in the genus Acaryochloris. Microbial Ecology: an international journal, , 1-14. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Schliep, M., Willows, R., Cai, Z., Neilan, B., Scheer, H. (2010). A red-shifted chlorophyll. Science, 329(5997), 1318-1319.
  • Behrendt, L., Larkum, A., Norman, A., Qvortrup, K., Chen, M., Ralph, P., Sorensen, S., Trampe, E., Kuhl, M. (2010). Endolithic chlorophyll d-containing phototrophs. The ISME Journal, , 1-5. [More Information]
  • Neilan, B., Murray, S., Chen, M. (2010). Genomic Contributions to Understanding the Evolution of Red Algal Plastids and Pigment Biosynthesis. In Joseph Seckbach and David J. Chapman (Eds.), Red Algae in the Genomic Age, (pp. 263-273). New York: Springer.
  • Yang, D., Yang, Q., Chen, M. (2010). Incorporation of the chlorophyll d-binding light-harvesting protein from Acaryochloris marina and its localization within the photosynthetic apparatus of Synechocystis sp. PCC6803. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics, 1797, 204-211. [More Information]
  • Hoober, J., Eggink, L., Chen, M., Larkum, A. (2010). The Chemistry and Biology of Light-Harvesting Complex II and Thylakoid Biogenesis: raison d'etre of Chlorophylls b and c. In Constantin A. Rebeiz, C. Benning, H.J. Bohnert, and more (Eds.), The Chloroplast - Basics and Applications, (pp. 213-229). New York: Springer.
  • Zhang, Y., Chen, M., Church, W., Lau, K., Larkum, A., Jermiin, L. (2010). The molecular structure of the IsiA-Photosystem I supercomplex, modelled from high-resolution, crystal structures of Photosystem I and the CP43 protein. BBA - Bioenergetics, 1797 (4), 457-465. [More Information]

2009

  • Bibby, T., Zhang, Y., Chen, M. (2009). Biogeography of Photosynthetic Light-Harvesting Genes in Marine Phytoplankton. PLoS One, 4(2), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Duxbury, Z., Schliep, M., Ritchie, R., Larkum, A., Chen, M. (2009). Chromatic photoacclimation extends utilisable photosynthetically active radiation in the chlorophyll d-containing cyanobacterium, Acaryochloris marina. Photosynthesis Research, 101(1), 69-75. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Floetenmeyer, M., Bibby, T. (2009). Supramolecular organization of phycobiliproteins in the chlorophyll d-containing cyanobacterium Acaryochloris marina. The FEBS Journal, 583, 2535-2539.

2008

  • Swingley, W., Chen, M., Cheung, P., Conrad, A., Dejesa, L., Hao, J., Honchak, B., Karbach, L., Kurdoglu, A., Lahiri, S., et al (2008). Niche adaptation and genome expansion in the chlorophyll d-producing cyanobacterium Acarylochloris marina. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America, 105(6), 2005-2010.
  • Chen, M., Zhang, Y., Blankenship, R. (2008). Nomenclature for membrane-bound light-harvesting complexes of cyanobacteria. Photosynthesis Research, 95(2-3), 147-154. [More Information]
  • Schliep, M., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Quinnell, R. (2008). The function of MgDVP in a chlorophyll d-containing organism.
  • Sattley, W., Madigan, M., Swingley, W., Cheung, P., Clocksin, K., Conrad, A., Dejesa, L., Honchak, B., Jung, D., Karbach, L., Chen, M., et al (2008). The Genome of Heliobacterium modesticaldum, a Phototrophic Representative of the Firmicutes Containing the Simplest Photosynthetic Apparatus. Journal of Bacteriology, 190(13), 4687-4696.
  • Chen, M., Zhang, Y. (2008). Tracking the molecular evolution of photosynthesis through characterization of atomic contents of the photosynthetic units. Photosynthesis Research, 97, 255-261. [More Information]

2007

  • Santabarbara, S., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Evans, M. (2007). An electron paramagnetic resonance investigation of the electron transfer reactions in the chlorophyll d containing photosystem I of Acaryochloris marina. FEBS Letters, 581(8), 1567-1571. [More Information]
  • Hoober, J., Eggink, L., Chen, M. (2007). Chlorophylls, ligands and assembly of light-harvesting complexes in chloroplasts. Photosynthesis Research, 94(2-3), 387-400. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Ritchie, R., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Quinnell, R. (2007). Chromatic photoacclimation, photosynthetic electron transport and oxygen evolution in the Chlorophyll d-containing oxyphotobacterium Acaryochloris marina. BBA - Bioenergetics, 1767 (2), 127-135. [More Information]
  • Zhang, Y., Chen, M., Zhou, B., Jermiin, L., Larkum, A. (2007). Evolution of the inner light-harvesting antenna protein family of Cyanobacteria, algae and plants. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 64(3), 321-331. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Donohoe, K., Crossett, B., Schliep, M., Larkin, K. (2007). Molecular bases of antenna systems adaptation in a Chl d-containing organism. 14th International Congress of Photosynthesis, Netherlands: Springer.
  • Larkum, A., Ip, C., Chen, M., Jermiin, L. (2007). Phylogeny of Prochlorococcus marinus: how is this species related to the rest of the Cyanobacteria? Photosynthesis Research, 91(2-3), 272-273.
  • Chen, M., Cai, Z. (2007). Theoretical study on the thermodynamic properties of chlorophyll d-peptides coordinating ligand. BBA - Bioenergetics, 1767 (6), 603-609. [More Information]

2005

  • Kuhl, M., Chen, M., Ralph, P., Schreiber, U., Larkum, A. (2005). A niche for cyanobacteria containing chlorophyll d. Nature, 433(7028), 820-820.
  • Chen, M., Eggink, L., Hoober, J., Larkum, A. (2005). Influence of structure on binding of chlorophylls to peptide ligands. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 127(7), 2052-2053.
  • Chen, M., Bibby, T., Nield, J., Larkum, A., Barber, J. (2005). Iron deficiency induces a chlorophyll d-binding Pcb antenna system around Photosystem I in Acaryochloris marina. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics, 1708 (3), 367-374. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Bibby, T. (2005). Photosynthetic apparatus of antenna-reaction centres supercomplexes in oxyphotobacteria: Insight through significance of Pcb/IsiA proteins. Photosynthesis Research, 86(1-2), 165-173. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Bibby, T., Nield, J., Larkum, A., Barber, J. (2005). Structure of a large photosystem II supercomplex from Acaryochloris marina. FEBS Letters, 579(5), 1306-1310. [More Information]
  • Chen, M., Telfer, A., Lin, S., Pascal, A., Larkum, A., Barber, J., Blankenship, R. (2005). The nature of the photosystem II reaction centre in the chlorophyll d-containing prokaryote, Acaryochloris marina. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 4(12), 1060-1064.
  • Chen, M., Hiller, R., Howe, C., Larkum, A. (2005). Unique origin and lateral transfer of prokaryotic chlorophyll-b and chlorophyll-d light-harvesting systems. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 22(1), 21-28.

2004

  • Chen, M., Zeng, H., Larkum, A., Cai, Z. (2004). Raman Properties Of Chlorophyll D, The Major Pigment Of Acaryochloris Marina: Studies Using Both Raman Spectroscopy And Density Functional Theory. Spectrochimica Acta: Part A Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 60(3), 527-534.

2003

  • Nieuwenburg, P., Clarke, R., Cai, Z., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Cabral, N., Ghiggino, K., Reimers, J. (2003). Examination of the photophysical processes of chlorophyll d leading to a clarificaiton of proposed uphill energy transfer processess in cells of Acaryochloris marina. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 77(6), 628-637.
  • Dehui, M., Chen, M., Lin, S., Lince, M., Larkum, A., Blankenship, R. (2003). Excitation dynamics in the core antenna in the photosystem I reaction center of the chlorophyll d-containing photosynthetic prokaryote Acaryochloris marina. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Biophysical, 107(6), 1452-1457.
  • Bibby, T., Nield, J., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Barber, J. (2003). Structure of a photosystem II supercomplex isolated from Prochloron didemni retaining its chlorophyll a/b light-harvesting system. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America, 100(15), 9050-9054.

2002

  • Chen, M., Quinnell, R., Larkum, A. (2002). Chlorophyll d as the major photopigment in Acaryochloris marina. Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, 6, 763-774.
  • Cai, Z., Zeng, H., Chen, M., Larkum, A. (2002). Raman spectroscopy of chlorophyll d from Acaryochloris marina. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics, 1556 (2-3), 89-91.
  • Chen, M., Quinnell, R., Larkum, A. (2002). The major light-harvesting pigment protein of Acaryochloris marina. FEBS Letters, 514(2-3), 149-152.

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