My research focuses on understanding multicellularity, motility and nitrogen fixation in cyanobacteria. I investigate the formation of heterocysts, specialised cells for nitrogen fixation, their connection to photosynthesis and the exchange of metabolites and regulators with neighbouring C-fixing vegetative cells. Methods include confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and molecular biology.
Antonaru LA, Nurnberg DJ, 2017, Role of PatS and cell type on the heterocyst spacing pattern in a filamentous branching cyanobacterium, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Vol:364, ISSN:0378-1097
et al., 2017, Femtosecond Visible Transient Absorption Spectroscopy of Chlorophyll f-Containing Photosystem I, Biophysical Journal, Vol:112, ISSN:0006-3495, Pages:234-249
et al., 2016, CphA2 is a novel type of cyanophycin synthetase in N2-fixing cyanobacteria, Microbiology, Vol:162, ISSN:1350-0872, Pages:526-536
et al., 2015, Intercellular Diffusion of a Fluorescent Sucrose Analog via the Septal Junctions in a Filamentous Cyanobacterium, MBIO, Vol:6, ISSN:2150-7511
et al., 2014, Branching and intercellular communication in the Section V cyanobacterium Mastigocladus laminosus, a complex multicellular prokaryote, Molecular Microbiology, Vol:91, ISSN:0950-382X, Pages:935-949