Bacterial phytochromes as optogenetic tools

  • Takala, Heikki (Project manager)
  • Multamäki, Elina Kaarina, (Participant)

Project Details


Optogenetics is a rising field of research in which behavior of the cells is controlled by light. Phytochromes are have properties that make them attractive candidates for optogenetic applications. In the Project, novel optogenetic tools based on bacterial phytochromes will be created.
Effective start/end date01/01/201831/12/2020

Fields of Science

  • 1182 Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology

Research Output

The primary structural photoresponse of phytochrome proteins captured by a femtosecond X-ray laser

Claesson, E., Wahlgren, W. Y., Takala, H., Pandey, S., Castillon, L., Kuznetsova, V., Henry, L. ., Carrillo, M., Panman, M., Kübel, J., Nanekar, R., Isaksson, L., Nimmrich, A., Cellini, A., Morozov, D., Maj, M., Kurttila, M., Bosman, R., Nango, E., Tanaka, R. & 10 others, Tanaka, T., Fangjia, L., Iwata, S., Owada, S., Moffat, K., Groenhof, G., Stojkovic, E. A., Ihalainen, J. A., Schmidt, M. & Westenhoff, S., 1 Oct 2019, In : BioRxiv beta : the preprint server for biology. October 01, 2019

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

On the (un)coupling of the chromophore, tongue interactions, and overall conformation in a bacterial phytochrome

Takala, H., Lehtivuori, H. K., Berntsson, O., Hughes, A., Nanekar, R., Niebling, S., Panman, M., Henry, L., Menzel, A., Westenhoff, S. & Ihalainen, J. A., 25 May 2018, In : Journal of Biological Chemistry. 293, 21, p. 8161-8172 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access


  • 1 Academic visit to other institution

Jyväskylän yliopisto

Elina Kaarina Multamäki (Visiting researcher)
16 Jun 201925 Jun 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution