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A Photochemist’s Odyssey

Maria Baranova

“The study of photosynthesis is, and probably always will be, the greatest odyssey of the photochemist.”(George Porter, Journal of Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions 2: Molecular and Chemical Physics, 82 (1986), 2445)

I graduated with a M.S. Degree in biotechnology engineering from Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia. During defense preparation I learned about the Center for Photochemical Sciences at Bowling Green State University. I didn’t have any idea about photochemistry but this offer sounded very attractive. My decision was: “Why not?” And here I am - third year student now. I am working in Dr. Bullerjahn’s research group. My research focuses on protein-protein interactions and electron transfer during the process of photosynthesis.

Absorption Spectrum of Chlorophyll a

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