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Department of Biochemistry


Laura Wey

Tel: +44 (0) 1223333684
Bachelor of Philosophy (an undergraduate science research degree) with First Class Honours in Biology, Australian National University, Australia (2011-2015)
Research Assistant in the Price Lab, Research School of Biology at the Australian National University & ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis (2016-2017)
I am interested in the biochemistry of photosynthesis, in particular pathways of electron transfer. I mainly work with the model photosynthetic cyanobacterium (also known as blue-green algae) Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803.
Cyanobacteria are able to export electrons to their environment, called exoelectrogenic activity. There is great potential to harness cyanobacteria's exoelectrogenic activity in biophotovoltaic devices to generate renewable electricity. I aim to understand more of the biological factors underpinning cyanobacteria's exoelectrogenic activity using photoelectrochemistry. 
For background here is our recent review on the development of biophotovoltaic systems for power generation and biological analysis: Wey, L.T., Bombelli, P., Chen, X., Lawrence, J.M., Rabideau, C.M., Rowden, S.J., Zhang, J.Z. and Howe, C., 2019. The Development of Biophotovoltaic Systems for Power Generation and Biological Analysis. ChemElectroChem.
Cambridge International Scholarship from the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust.