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Anjali Pandit

Assistant professor

Dr. A. Pandit
+31 71 527 4198

In photosynthesis, sunlight is converted into the biochemical energy needed to power life and drive cellular processes. Anjali Pandit combines advanced spectroscopy and biochemical approaches to understand the structural mechanisms that regulate photosynthesis in atomic detail.

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Curriculum Vitae

Personal information

Nationality:   Dutch
Date of birth:   14 September 1972


2003   PhD, Faculty of Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL
Thesis title: ‘Folding and Oligomerization of Membrane Proteins’
Advisors: Prof. R. van Grondelle and Prof. R. Kraayenhof
1996   MSc in Physics, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, University of Amsterdam, NL

Current and previous research positions

2013 – now     Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University, NL
2010 – 2013   Researcher, Dept. of Biophysics, Faculty of Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL
2006 – 2009   Post-doctoral researcher (Veni), Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University, NL
2003 – 2005   Post-doctoral researcher (TALENT stipend), Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) Saclay in collaboration with Ipsen Pharma Inc.

Grants, awards, recognitions since 2010

2016   FOM Projectruimte Grant (k€ 400)
2013   NWO-CW Vidi Grant (k€ 800)

Contribution to teaching and supervision

  • Design and teaching Master course Photosynthesis & Bio Energy for Chemistry and Life Science Technology, Leiden
  • Co-organiser and lecturer of the Intl. Summer School Artificial Photosynthesis 2015 (3rd year bachelor’s students)
  • Lecturer Lapp-Top/Pre-university course “Chemie van de Fotosynthese
  • Supervision of 5 PhD students and 2 postdocs since 2013

Other responsibilities since 2010

  • Editorial Board member of the Nature journal Scientific Reports
  • Guest editor for Springer journal Photosynthesis Research on the Special Issue “Photosynthetic Light Harvesting” in 2018: https://link.springer.com/journal/11120/135/1/page/1
  • Member Program Committee DutchBioPhysics Meeting, Veldhoven in 2019
  • Chair Intl. Satellite meeting Photosynthetic Light Harvesting (120 participants, Egmond a/z) in 2016
  • Co-organiser NextGenChem, Leiden in 2015
  • Member review panel Open Competition Earth and Life Sciences, NWO
  • Member NMR advice committee, Leiden Institute of Chemistry
  • Member educational committees LST Master and MST bachelor, Leiden
  • Program manager EU-ITN network HARVEST (M€.4.9, 15 partners, 23 research fellows) from 2010-2013 including organizing meetings and workshops in Finland, Germany, Italy, UK and Sweden
  • Co-organiser Intl. training workshop Mechanisms of Non-Photochemical Quenching, 100 participants, Passau, Germany in 2011
  • Reviewer for the Austrian Research Foundation (2016); NWO-CW Veni (2015); Norwegian Research Foundation (2014); German Research Foundation (2014); ERC consolidator grant (2013)
  • Reviewer for Scientific Reports, J. Phys. Chem. Lett, BBA Bioenergetics, FEBS Letters, J. of Biol. Chem, Biochemistry amongst others

Publication record including five recent representative publications

Full publication record:  Leiden University

25 peer-reviewed publications, H-index 13 Web of Science

1 book chapter on Artificial Leaves (Comprehensive Renewable Energy, Photovoltaic Vol. 1, 1.35, Elsevier Publishers) and  co-editor White Paper on Solar Biofuels: https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/handle/1887/13349

  • Crisafi E., Pandit A.*, Disentangling protein and lipid interactions that control a molecular switch in photosynthetic light harvesting. Biochim. Biophys. Acta Biomembranes. 2017, 1859, 40-47
  • Krishnan M., Moolenaar G.F., Gupta K.B.S.S., Goosen N. and Pandit A.*, Large-scale in vitro production, refolding and dimerization of PsbS in different microenvironments. Nature’s Scientific Reports 2017, 7 (1), 15200
  • Azadi-Chegeni F., Perin G., Sai Sankar Gupta K.B., Simionato D., Morosinotto T., Pandit A.*, Protein and lipid dynamics in photosynthetic thylakoid membranes investigated by in-situ solid-state NMR. Biochim. Biophys. Acta Bioenerg. 2016, 1857, 1849-1859.
  • Mathes T., Heilman M., Pandit A., Zhu J., Stokkum I.H.M. van, Christie J.M., Jenkins G. Kennis J.T.M.,, Reaction mechanism of the new UVR8 ultraviolet photoreceptor of plants. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137 (25), 8113–8120. selected as editor’s highlight and cover article.
  • Sunku K., Groot H.J.M. de, Pandit A.*, Insights in the photoprotective switch of the major light-harvesting complex II (LHCII): A preserved core of arginine-glutamate interlocked helices complemented by adjustable loops. J. Biol. Chem. 2013, 288, 19796-19804.

Presentations including five presentations at international conferences since 2010

>20 invited lectures at institutes and workshops and presentations at international conferences since 2010

  • 40th FGMR Meeting, Leipzig, Germany 2018, invited
  • ePS-1, 1st European Congress on Photosynthesis Research, Uppsala, Sweden 2018
  • 62nd Annual Biophys. Soc. Meeting San Franciso, USA 2018
  • Light-Harvesting Processes 2015, Banz, Germany, invited
  • German Biophysical Society Meeting “Structure, Dynamics and Interactions of Biomolecules”, 2015, Hunfeld, Germany, plenary 

Assistant professor

  • Science
  • Leiden Institute of Chemistry
  • LIC/Energy & Sustainability

Work address

Gorlaeus Building
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
Room number EE213



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