Professor, Microbial chemistry. Research in my group is focused on the design, engineering, construction and analyses of photosynthetic microbial cell factories (cyanobacteria) for the direct production of solar fuels.
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My research explores the conversion of solar energy into a biofuel, focussing on micro-algal based H2-production/hydrogenases, as well as carbon-containing solar fuels, at applied, physiological, biochemical and molecular levels - in total > 150 scientific publications. Different molecular and genetic techniques are used to address transcriptional regulation and regulatory mechanisms. In the last years, his research group has developed a strong interest for Synthetic Biology and the possibilities to custom design and engineer microbial cells to carry out novel pathways and functions. Subsequent activities include proteomics and metabolomics - Systems biology - analyses of the constructed cells, followed by further re-design and re-engineering.
I am leading one of the research groups in the Swedish program on Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis, funded by the KA Wallenberg Foundation, "Molecular Solar Energy Science - MoSES", 2012-16) and the Swedish Energy Agency. I am also the coordinator of the EU/FP7-Energy project CyanoFactory (at present in negotiation phase) with 10 partners in 7 countries and participates in the Nordic collaborative project AquaFeed (2012-15). Previously, I was coordinating two Nordic collaborative projects on BioHydrogen (2005-07, 2008-11), was the Deputy coordinator of the EU/FP6/7-NEST/Energy projects Solar-H & SolarH2 (2005-07, 2008-12), participated in the EU/FP7-NEST project BiomodularH2 (2009-11) and the international project BioCO2 (2009-12). 1999-2005 I was was the coordinator of the international network Photobiological hydrogen production, Annex 15 within the International Energy Agency and presently I participates in the follow-up IEA H2 Agreement Annex 21 BioHydrogen.
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