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Christiane Funk

My research focuses on plant proteases as well as the possibility to use Nordic microalgae for wastewater reclamation and biomass generation.

 

Works at

Affiliation
Location
KB.A3, Linnaeus väg 10, (rum: A3.41.01) Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Starting out from research on photosynthesis the focus of my work currently is on two different subjects:

- The function of plant proteases

- The potential of Nordic microalgae for wastewater reclamation and biomass generation

 

Plant proteases

Proteases are proteins that break down other proteins. They are involved in many different biological functions, e.g. the digestion of our food, cleaning the cell from malfunctioning proteins or cell signaling. Even though hundreds of proteases are encoded in the genomes of various plants, their biological roles are mostly unknown. Using molecular biological and biochemical methods, we try to find identify the function of some of them. Our model organisms range from cyanobacteria over algae to higher plants.

 

Wastewater reclamation and biomass generation by Nordic microalgae

Photosynthesis is a process where sunlight is highly efficiently converted into chemical energy and carbon dioxid from the air is diminished! We let microalgae perform photosynthesis and at the same time clean wastewater. The algal biomass then can be used for biofuel, biogas, biofertilizer or even bioplastic. Our challenge is the sub-arctic climate we have in Northern Sweden with low temperatures and short day lengths. Therefore we investigate the potential of local, natural algal strains. We test their performance in cleaning wastewater, analyze their biomass and investigate, how to prolong their growth phase.

Learn more at

http://solarfuels.eu/

http://www.nordaqua.fi/

 

Physiologia Plantarum: An International Journal for Plant Biology
Mishra, Laxmi S.; Kim, Sung Yong; Caddell, Daniel F.; et al.
Biotechnological Applications of Extremophilic Microorganisms, Walter de Gruyter 2020 : 165-195
Ferro, Lorenza; de Miranda Vasconcelos, Fernanda H. B.; Gentili, Francesco; et al.
Algal Research, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 51
Ferro, Lorenza; Hu, Yue O. O.; Gentili, Francesco G.; et al.
Algal Research, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 47
Gojkovic, Zivan; Lu, Yi; Ferro, Lorenza; et al.
Algal Research, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 47
Gojkovic, Zivan; Shchukarev, Andrey; Ramstedt, Madeleine; et al.
Molecular Cell, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 77, (5) : 927-929
Minina, Elena A.; Staal, Jens; Alvarez, Vanina E.; et al.
Molecules, MDPI 2020, Vol. 25, (9)
Nzayisenga, Jean Claude; Niemi, Calle; Ferro, Lorenza; et al.
Applied Surface Science, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 526
Shchukarev, Andrey; Gojkovic, Zivan; Funk, Christiane; et al.
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Frontiers Media S.A. 2019, Vol. 7
Chen, Que; Arents, Jos; Schuurmans, J. Merijn; et al.
Journal of Applied Phycology, Springer 2019, Vol. 31, (4) : 2299-2310
Ferro, Lorenza; Colombo, Michela; Posadas, Esther; et al.
Molecules, MDPI 2019, Vol. 24, (18)
Ferro, Lorenza; Gojkovic, Zivan; Gorzsás, András; et al.
Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 170 : 644-656
Gojkovic, Zivan; Lindberg, Richard; Tysklind, Mats; et al.
The Plant Journal, John Wiley & Sons 2019, Vol. 99, (3) : 465-477
Gomez, Facundo M.; Carrion, Cristian A.; Costa, Maria L.; et al.
The Plant Journal, WILEY 2019, Vol. 99, (3) : 465-477
Gomez, Facundo M.; Carrion, Cristian A.; Costa, Maria L.; et al.
Journal of Experimental Botany, Oxford University Press 2019, Vol. 70, (19) : 5423-5436
Huber, Catharina V.; Jakobs, Barbara D.; Mishra, Laxmi S.; et al.
Trends in Plant Science, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 24, (3) : 237-249
Karan, Hakan; Funk, Christiane; Grabert, Martin; et al.
Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers Media S.A. 2019, Vol. 10
Klemenčič, Marina; Asplund-Samuelsson, Johannes; Dolinar, Marko; et al.
Journal of Experimental Botany, Oxford University Press 2019, Vol. 70, (7) : 2039-2047
Klemenčič, Marina; Funk, Christiane
Catalysts, MDPI 2019, Vol. 9, (2)
Lage, Sandra; Kudahettige, Nirupa P.; Ferro, Lorenza; et al.
Bioresource Technology, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 289
Martínez, Juan Manuel; Gojkovic, Zivan; Ferro, Lorenza; et al.
Journal of Experimental Botany, Oxford University Press 2019, Vol. 70, (7) : 2173-2184
Mishra, Laxmi S.; Mielke, Kati; Wagner, Raik; et al.
Environmental Science and Technology, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2019, Vol. 53, (23) : 13757-13766
Skrobonja, Aleksandra; Gojkovic, Zivan; Soerensen, Anne L.; et al.
Algal Research, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 32 : 44-53
Ferro, Lorenza; Gentili, Francesco G.; Funk, Christiane
Algal Research, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 35 : 160-167
Ferro, Lorenza; Gorzsás, András; Gentili, Francesco G.; et al.
Photosynthesis Research, Springer 2018, Vol. 135, (1–3) : 149-163
Kieselbach, Thomas; Cheregi, Otilia; Green, Beverley R.; et al.
Protoplasma, Springer Publishing Company 2018, Vol. 255, (1) : 387-397
Klemenčič, Marina; Funk, Christiane
New Phytologist, Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons 2018, Vol. 218, (3 Special issue) : 1179-1191
Klemenčič, Marina; Funk, Christiane
Energies, MDPI 2018, Vol. 11, (3)
Lage, Sandra; Gojkovic, Zivan; Funk, Christiane; et al.
Plant Physiology, American Society of Plant Biologists 2018, Vol. 176, (3) : 2277-2291
Myouga, Fumiyoshi; Takahashi, Kaori; Tanaka, Ryoichi; et al.
Photosynthesis Research, Springer 2018, Vol. 135, (1–3) : 103-114
Tibiletti, Tania; Rehman, Ateeq Ur; Vass, Imre; et al.
Journal of Structural Biology, Elsevier 2017, Vol. 198, (3) : 147-153
Hall, Michael; Wagner, Raik; Lam, Xuan Tam; et al.
Journal of Structural Biology, Elsevier 2017, Vol. 198, (3) : 147-153
Hall, Michael; Wagner, Raik; Tam, Lam Xuan; et al.
Bio-protocol, Vol. 6, (24)
Cheregi, Otilia; Funk, Christiane
Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers Media S.A 2016, Vol. 7
Cheregi, Otilia; Wagner, Raik; Funk, Christiane
Plant Physiology, American Society of Plant Biologists 2016, Vol. 17, (4) : 2516-2535
Smakowska, Elwira; Skibior-Blaszczyk, Renata; Czarna, Malgorzata; et al.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics, Elsevier 2016, Vol. 1857, (4) : 396-407
Tibiletti, Tania; Hernández-Prieto, Miguel A.; Matthijs, Hans C.P.; et al.
Chloroplasts: current research and future trends, Caister Academic Press 2016 : 25-57
Tibletti, Tania; Hernández-Prieto, Miguel A.; Semeniuk, Trudi A.; et al.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics, Vol. 1857, (9) : 1524-1533
von Sydow, Lotta; Schwenkert, Serena; Meurer, Jörg; et al.
Plant, Cell and Environment, John Wiley & Sons 2016, Vol. 39, (11) : 2530-2544
Wagner, Raik; Von Sydow, Lotta; Aigner, Harald; et al.
Molecules, Vol. 20, (8) : 14621-14637
Cheregi, Otilia; Funk, Christiane
Journal of Experimental Botany, Oxford University Press 2015, Vol. 66, (20) : 6461-6470
Cheregi, Otilia; Kotabová, Eva; Prášil, Ondřej; et al.
Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B: Biology, Elsevier 2015 : 383-394
Cheregi, Otilia; Miranda, Hélder; Gröbner, Gerhard; et al.
Biochemical Journal, Portland Press 2015, Vol. 468, (3) : 373-384
Tam, Lam Xuan; Aigner, Raik; Timmerman, E; et al.
New Phytologist, Vol. 204, (3) : 545-555
Angelcheva, Liudmila; Mishra, Yogesh; Antti, Henrik; et al.
Biochemical Journal, Biochemical Journal 2014, Vol. 457, (2) : 335-346
Marino, Giada; Huesgen, Pitter F; Eckhard, Ulrich; et al.
PLoS ONE, Vol. 9, (11)
Mähler, Niklas; Cheregi, Otilia; Funk, Christiane; et al.
Journal of Proteomics, Elsevier 2013, Vol. 78 : 294-311
Miranda, Helder; Charegi, Otilia; Netotea, Sergiu; et al.
PLoS ONE, Vol. 8, (2)
Storm, Patrik; Tibiletti, Tania; Hall, Michael; et al.

Research projects

1 January 2020 until 31 December 2023
17 March 2011 until 31 December 2011