Christopher Howe

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Christopher Howe is Professor of Plant and Microbial Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is particularly interested in the evolution of the chloroplast genome, especially in protists such as dinoflagellates and the malaria parasite Plasmodium. His work has had important implications for our understanding of the endosymbiotic origin and subsequent evolution of chloroplasts. He is also interested in the electron transfer reactions of photosynthetic microorganisms, with particular reference to the interaction between photosynthetic and respiratory electron transfer chains and the role this interaction plays in protection against photodamage. This interest has led to work on the biotechnological applications of photosynthetic microorganisms. His lab was one of the first to show that cyanobacteria and microalgae can generate electrical currents directly, which can be exploited both as a tool for the study of photosynthesis and as a source of renewable energy.