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Vittal Yachandra, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division 
Office: Bldg. 66, Rm 329
Phone: 510-486-4963
Email: VKYachandra@lbl.gov
Curriculum Vitae

Vittal Yachandra received his B. Sc. degree in Chemistry from Loyola College, University of Madras, and M. Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, India. In 1975 he moved to the U.S. and received his M. S. from the University of Chicago, and his Ph. D. from Princeton University in 1982, working with Prof. Thomas Spiro on resonance Raman spectroscopy of iron-sulfur proteins and X-ray spectroscopy of Zn and Co carbonic anhydrase. Photosynthetic water oxidation and the Mn4Ca catalytic cluster became his research interests, when he moved as a postdoctoral fellow working with Drs. Melvin Klein and Kenneth Sauer at the Melvin Calvin Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1982, where he became a Staff Scientist in 1985. Since then his research has focused on the use of X-ray spectroscopy and EPR to study the Mn4Ca water-oxidizing catalyst in photosynthesis. He is presently a Senior Scientist in the Physical Biosciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at Berkeley

Research Interests

Natural and Artificial Photosynthetic water oxidation, and metalloenzymes - the structure and mechanism of the catalytic complexes studied by biophysical techniques - X-ray spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy - the use of femtosecond X-ray laser facilities to study the time-evolution of the catalytic reactions - with the goal of applying the principles learned from Nature to create/study bio-inspired systems.



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