Imperial College London

Dr Dennis Nürnberg

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Visiting Researcher



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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.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Antonaru LA, Nuernberg 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

Kaucikas M, Nurnberg D, Dorhliac G, et al., 2017, Femtosecond visible transient absorption spectroscopy ofChlorophyll f-containing Photosystem I, Biophysical Journal, Vol:112, ISSN:1542-0086, Pages:234-249

Klemke F, Nürnberg DJ, Ziegler K, et al., 2016, CphA2 is a novel type of cyanophycin synthetase in N2-fixing cyanobacteria, Microbiology, Vol:162, ISSN:1350-0872, Pages:526-536

Nuernberg DJ, Mariscal V, Bornikoel J, et al., 2015, Intercellular Diffusion of a Fluorescent Sucrose Analog via the Septal Junctions in a Filamentous Cyanobacterium, MBIO, Vol:6, ISSN:2150-7511

Nuernberg DJ, Mariscal V, Parker J, 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

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