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Photosynthesis is nature's principle means of solar energy and carbon capture, and is one of the most essential biological processes for sustaining life on earth. 

Our group uses a combination of biochemical and physiological approaches to study the fascinating world of photosynthetic organisms, with particular focus on higher plants and micro-algae. Our broad aim is to gain a better understanding of photosynthetic carbon capture and primary metabolism, and how these processes are co-ordinated with growth demands.

Synthetic Biology is a new and exciting field that uses engineering principles to design and construct biological parts that can be readily incorporated into living organisms. Using this approach, our current work is focused on improving photosynthetic efficiencies in C3 plants, which include important staple crop species such as wheat and rice. We are also interested in exploiting micro-algae for the production of high value compounds.

Please see the Research link for further details.

 

Our lab is located at the School of Biological Sciences, King’s Buildings campus, University of Edinburgh. We are in the Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences and affiliated with the nearby Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology (SynthSys).

The McCormick lab is also a member of the Edinburgh Predictive Plant Centre.