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Michael Groszmann

As part of the Evans lab, Michael investigates ways of improving CO2 diffusion into and within mesophyll cells.

His primary focus is understanding the biology of the proteins in charge of transporting water and CO2 molecules in the plant cell, called  aquaporin proteins. He studies a special type of aquaporins termed COporins, which facilitate the transfer of CO2 across the membrane.  His main  goal is the development of superior COporin variants enabling more efficient CO2 diffusion and photosynthetic rates.  He is also screening natural populations of Arabidopsis to identify genes defining mesophyll conductance.