Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne
Associate Professor, PhD

Associate Professor, Molecular Plant Biology (Department of Biochemistry)

allahve@utu.fi
+358 29 450 4210
+358 50 350 6181

Tykistökatu 6
Turku
Biocity 6th floor
Office: 6202



Areas of expertise
Algae; cyanobacteria; photosynthesis; photoprotection; regulation of photosynthesis; biofuels; wastewater treatment

Biography

I obtained a PhD degree in Azerbaijan. I have joined the Molecular Plant Biology group at the University of Turku as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2002. In 2009, I was awarded with a Docent title in the field of Bioenergetics. I have been acting as Principal Investigator at the Molecular Plant unit, University of Turku since 2010. Currently I am acting as a PI of the 'Photosynthetic microbes' team and as early-stage PI in the Finnish Center of Excellence “Molecular Biology of Primary Producers” (2014-2019). Since 2017 I am a tenure-track Associated Professor of Molecular Plant Biology. Moreover, I am a vice-chair of the Nordic Center of Excellence “Towards Versatility of Aquatic Production Platforms: Unlocking the Value of Nordic Bioresources” (NordAqua, www.nordaqua.fi) funded by NordForsk (2017-2022) and a chair of the Biocity Turku Research Programme “Advanced Bioresources and Smart Bioproducts – Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy” (SmartBio, www.smartbio.fi).



Research

My research interests have been mainly focused on plant and cyanobacterial photosynthesis. Through the application of various biophysical, biochemical techniques (both to cyanobacteria and higher plants), I have gained insight to the putative function of the specific proteins involved in photosynthetic electron-transport reactions. Starting from 2008 I began to focus more on cyanobacterial/algal research and the alternative electron-transport routes, which are heavily involved in regulation of photosynthesis via maintaining redox homeostasis in cells. On the one hand, these routes can be thought of as necessary for the survival of cells under extreme changes in physiological conditions, whereas on the other hand, they can be thought of as a waste of photosynthetic electrons or reducing power and energy in a targeted biofuel or bio-industrial production system.  Currently our team is investigating (i) the crosstalk between the main bioenergetics pathways, photosynthesis and respiration and the alternative electron transport pathways in cyanobacteria and green algae; (ii) the distribution mechanisms of photosynthetic electrons to hydrogenases (or to nitrogenase in heterocytous cyanobacteria); (iii) development of artificial microfilms of algae and cyanobacteria entrapped in tailored polymeric matrices for increasing the light conversion efficiency toward product; (iv) biodiversity of Nordic cyanobacteria and algae for efficient waste-water remediation, for production of biofuels and high-value products. For more detailed information see our web-site www...



Teaching

I have been involved in teaching both Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics courses at the Department of Biochemistry since 2009.

Moreover, I am involved in the University of Turku Doctoral Programme(UTUGS) as a PhD supervisor. 



Publications
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Acclimation responses of immobilized N2-fixing heterocystous cyanobacteria to long-term H2 photoproduction conditions: carbon allocation, oxidative stress and carotenoid production (2019)
Journal of Applied Phycology
Gayathri Murukesan, Fiona Lynch, Yagut Allahverdiyeva, Sergey Kosourov
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

A new approach for sustained and efficient H2 photoproduction by Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (2018)
Energy and Environmental Science
Kosourov S, Jokel M, Aro E, Allahverdiyeva Y
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Hunting the main player enabling Chlamydomonas reinhardtii growth under fluctuating light (2018)
Plant Journal
Martina Jokel, Xenie Johnson, Gilles Peltier, Eva‐Mari Aro, Yagut Allahverdiyeva
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Immobilization of Microalgae as a Tool for Efficient Light Utilization in H2 Production and Other Biotechnology Applications (2018) Microalgal Hydrogen Production: Achievements and Perspectives Kosourov SN, He M, Allahverdiyeva Y, Seibert M
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A3 Book chapter)

Versatile templates from cellulose nanofibrils for photosynthetic microbial biofuel production (2018) Jämsä M, Kosourov S, Rissanen V, Hakalahti M, Pere J, Ketoja JA, Tammelin T, Allahverdiyeva Y
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Acclimation of Oxygenic Photosynthesis to Iron Starvation Is Controlled by the sRNA IsaR1 (2017)
Current Biology
Georg J, Kostova G, Vuorijoki L, Schon V, Kadowaki T, Huokko T, Baumgartner D, Muller M, Klahn S, Allahverdiyeva Y, Hihara Y, Futschik ME, Aro EM, Hess WR
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Alternative electron transport mediated by flavodiiron proteins is operational in organisms from cyanobacteria up to gymnosperms (2017)
New Phytologist
Petr Ilik, Andrej Pavlovic, Roman Kouril, Alessandro Alboresi, Tomas Morosinotto, Yagut Allahverdiyeva, Eva-Mari Aro, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Toshiharu Shikanai
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Comparative analyses of H-2 photoproduction in magnesium and sulfur-starved Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cultures (2017)
Physiologia Plantarum
Volgusheva AA, Jokel M, Allahverdiyeva Y, Kukarskikh GP, Lukashev EP, Lambreva MD, Krendeleva TE, Antal TK
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Dissecting the Photoprotective Mechanism Encoded by the flv4-2 Operon: a Distinct Contribution of Sll0218 in Photosystem II Stabilization (2017)
Plant, Cell and Environment
Luca Bersanini, Yagut Allahverdiyeva, Natalia Battchikova, Steffen Heinz, Maija Lespinasse, Essi Ruohisto, Henna Mustila, Jörg Nickelsen, Imre Vass, Eva-Mari Aro
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Evaluation of light energy to H2 energy conversion efficiency in thin films of cyanobacteria and green alga under photoautotrophic conditions (2017)
Algal Research
Kosourov S., Murukesan G., Seibert M., Allahverdiyeva Y.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Multiple mechanisms of heavy metal tolerance are differentially expressed in ecotypes of Artemisia fragrans (2017)
Environmental Pollution
Alirzayeva E, Neumann G, Horst W, Allahverdiyeva Y, Specht A, Alizade V
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Nutrient removal and biodiesel feedstock potential of green alga UHCC00027 grown in municipal wastewater under Nordic conditions (2017)
Algal Research
Jämsä M., Lynch F., Santana-Sánchez A., Laaksonen P., Zaitsev G., Solovchenko A., Allahverdiyeva Y.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Role of Type 2 NAD(P)H Dehydrogenase NdbC in Redox Regulation of Carbon Allocation in Synechocystis (2017)
Plant Physiology
Tuomas Huokko, Dorota Muth-Pawlak, Natalia Battchikova, Yagut Allahverdiyeva, Eva-Mari Aro
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Carotenoid Biosynthesis in Calothrix sp. 336/3: Composition of Carotenoids on Full Medium, During Diazotrophic Growth and After Long-Term H2 Photoproduction (2016)
Plant and Cell Physiology
Sergey Kosourov, Gayathri Murukesan, Jouni Jokela, Yagut Allahverdiyeva
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Distinguishing the Roles of Thylakoid Respiratory Terminal Oxidases in the Cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp PCC 6803 (2016)
Plant Physiology
Ermakova M, Huokko T, Richaud P, Bersanini L, Howe CJ, Lea-Smith DJ, Peltier G, Allahverdiyeva Y
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Pressurized Martian-like pure CO2 atmosphere supports strong growth of cyanobacteria, and causes significant changes in their metabolism (2016)
Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres
Murukesan.G, Leino.H, Mäenpää.P, Ståhle.K, Raksajit.W, Lehto.H, Allahverdiyeva.Y, Lehto.K
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The Flavodiiron Protein Flv3 Functions as a Homo-Oligomer During Stress Acclimation and is Distinct from the Flv1/Flv3 Hetero-Oligomer Specific to the O-2 Photoreduction Pathway (2016)
Plant and Cell Physiology
Henna Mustila, Pasi Paananen, Natalia Battchikova, Anita Santana-Sánchez, Dorota Muth-Pawlak,
Martin Hagemann, Eva-Mari Aro, Yagut Allahverdiyeva

(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Thylakoid-Bound FtsH Proteins Facilitate Proper Biosynthesis of Photosystem I (2016)
Plant Physiology
Sari Järvi, Marjaana Suorsa, Luca Tadini, Aiste Ivanauskaite, Sanna Rantala, Yagut Allahverdiyeva,
Dario Leister, and Eva-Mari Aro

(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Chlamydomonas Flavodiiron Proteins Facilitate Acclimation to Anoxia During Sulfur Deprivation (2015)
Plant and Cell Physiology
Jokel M, Kosourov S, Battchikova N, Tsygankov AA, Aro EM, Allahverdiyeva Y
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Cyanobacterial Oxygenic Photosynthesis is Protected by Flavodiiron Proteins (2015)
Life
Yagut Allahverdiyeva, Janne Isojärvi, Pengpeng Zhang, Eva-Mari Aro
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)


Last updated on 2019-23-08 at 02:21