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Junko Yano, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division
Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP)

Office: Bldg. 33, Rm 344
Phone: 510-486-4366
Email: [email protected]
Curriculum Vitae


Junko Yano received a B.A. degree in Applied Biological Science from Hiroshima University, Japan, M.Sc. from Graduate School of Biosphere Science, Hiroshima University, Japan, and earned her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Osaka University, Japan in 1999. She has received several awards including the Golda Meir Research Fellowship from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Robin Hill Award by the International Society for Photosynthesis Research. She is currently a Senior Scientist at the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is also a PI of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis at Berkeley. Her research areas include the water oxidation in natural photosynthesis and artificial photosynthesis, catalytic reactions in metalloenzymes, application of synchrotron X-ray radiation and X-ray free electron laser techniques to biological and inorganic systems. 


Research Interests

Structure and function of active metal sites in metalloenzymes.

X-ray crystallography and X-ray spectroscopy using an X-ray free electron laser.

Application of X-ray-based techniques to artificial photosynthetic systems such as light-absorbers and catalysts to study electron transfer and catalytic reaction mechanisms in situ.

Application of synchrotron X-ray absorption/diffraction methods for the analysis of molecular structures, crystal structures, and electronic structures of inorganic catalysts.

Water oxidation reaction in natural photosynthesis

Structure and function relationship using vibrational spectroscopy and EPR spectroscopy in organic/organometallic materials.



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