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Nitrogen Cycle Workshop

March 28th, 2018
Hosted by José Moura, LAQV, REQUIMTE
Biblioteca da FCT NOVA

Registration, Information and Contacts
Participation is free of charge and includes coffee and lunch, but registration is mandatory
(for logistics purposes) before March 21, 2018, at 
For further information, go to the Workshop website or contact José Moura at jose.moura@fct.unl.pt

Markus Ribbe, Ph.D.
Chancellor’s Professor
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences
Department of Chemistry, School of Physical Sciences
University of California, Irvine

Yilin Hu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
School of Biological Sciences
University of California, Irvine

Nitrogenase Assembly & Mechanism
The focus of research of the Ribbe lab is the assembly and mechanism of nitrogenase, one of the most complex metalloenzymes known to date. Nitrogenase can be appreciated from the perspective of the useful agricultural and industrial products it generates, namely, ammonia, hydrogen and hydrocarbons. In the past 15 years, Ribbe and co-workers have been focusing on the investigation of the biosynthesis of the Mo-nitrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii and, in particular, the unique metal centers of its MoFe protein component: FeMoco and P-cluster. Recently, they have expanded the research to the investigation of the structure and function of the “alternative” V-nitrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii. The discovery that V-nitrogenase can convert CO to hydrocarbons provides a potential blueprint for developing cost-efficient processes for industrial production of biofuels in the future.