Dr. Rakefet Schwarz of the Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences is focused on acclimation of cyanobacteria to various environmental constraints. Cyanobacteria are highly abundant in nature, both in terrestrial and aquatic habitats, and contribute significantly to global CO2 fixation. Certain cyanobacterial species produce toxins which dramatically effect water quality. Understanding the physiology of cyanobacteria and the molecular mechanisms underlying it is of crucial importance. Not only does it enable scientists to predict the dynamics of cyanobacterial blooms, it also paves the way for manipulating cyanobacteria for our benefit. Schwarz’s research group combines genetic and molecular approaches to address the molecular mechanisms underlying cyanobacteria function. For more information, please click here.