Koji Mitshashi (M1), Department of Applied Chemistry, received a Student Presentation Award at The 58th Annual Meeting of The Biophysical Society of Japan.
〈Name of award and short explanation about the award〉
Student Presentation Award at The 58th Annual Meeting of The Biophysical Society of Japan
This award is conferred to excellent presentations delivered by students in the annual meetings of Biophysical Society of Japan.
〈 About awarded research〉
Photosystem I is a protein-pigments complex that catalyzes photoactive electron transfer in oxygenic photosynthesis. The electrons are transferred through two symmetric pathways, A- and B-branches, but it is observed that the electron transfer rate in A-blanch is higher than that in B-blanch. By using quantum mechanics / molecular mechanics approach, we revealed the origin of the asymmetric electron transfer.
〈Your impression & future plan〉
I am very happy to get this award. I am really grateful to project associate professor Tamura and members of Ishikita Laboratory for their contribution. This award motivates me for further research on photosystem.