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Vittal Yachandra, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Physical Biosciences Division
Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis
Office: Bldg. 66, Rm 329
Phone: 510-486-4963
Email: VKYachandra [at] lbl [dot] gov
Curriculum Vitae

Vittal K. Yachandra was born in Masulipatnam, India in 1953.  He received his B.Sc. from Loyola College, University of Madras, India in 1973, and a M.Sc. Degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India in 1975.  Yachandra then moved to the United States and received a M.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1977, and a Ph. D. in Chemistry from Princeton University in 1982, where he used resonance Raman spectroscopy to study iron-sulfur proteins and analogs with Thomas G. Spiro.  Subsequently, he came to Berkeley as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Melvin Klein and Kenneth Sauer to study Zn and Co carbonic anhydrase using X-ray absorption spectroscopy.  Since 1985, he has been a Staff Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Physical Biosciences Division.

Yachandra's main research interest has focused on the study of photosynthetic water oxidation and the structure and mechanism of the Mn4Ca cluster (oxygen evolving complex) by X-ray absorption, electron paramagnetic resonance, and vibrational spectroscopy. His other research interests include the application of X-ray absorption spectroscopy to low Z elements like sulfur and chlorine, especially ligand K-edge spectroscopy of sulfur in ferredoxins and related molecules to understand structural correlations with redox potentials.

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