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Britta Förster – RIPE Project

Dr Britta Förster works on the RIPE Project (Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency). RIPE is a multi-institutional research project that aims to engineer plants that more efficiently turn the sun’s energy into food to sustainably increase worldwide food productivity. The RIPE project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Britta’s research focuses on the post-translational regulation of cyanobacterial bicarbonate transporters and their introduction into higher plant chloroplasts.

Britta is an expert in photosynthesis including chlorophyll fluorescence, gas exchange using membrane inlet mass spectrometry, light stress, Cyanobacterial CO2 concentrating mechanism (Ci uptake systems) and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as model organism (physiology, biochemistry, genetics, chloroplast transformation).

She obtained a PhD from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany in 2001.