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Willem Vermaas

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Foundation Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Biography

Wim Vermaas’s research focuses on the molecular biology and cell physiology of cyanobacteria, a type of photosynthetic microorganisms. Vermaas’s team is researching strains of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis that can create renewable raw materials, made from sunlight and CO2, for biofuels and the chemical industry. In this way, Synechocystis is turned into a “milking cow”— producing and excreting valuable products for human use.

His lab is also determining how thylakoid membranes, the place where light capture and energy conversion in photosynthesis occur, are synthesized.

Professor Vermaas is director of an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training program in Solar Energy (IGERT-SUN) funded by the National Science Foundation. He is fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and recognized at ASU for cutting-edge research, creative activities and excellence in classroom performance.

Education

D.Sc., Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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Publications
  • Yao, D.C.I., Brune, D.C., Vavilin, D., and Vermaas, W.F.J.(2012) Photosystem II component lifetimes in the cyanobacterium Synechocystissp. strain PCC 6803: Small Cab-like proteins stabilize biosynthesis intermediates and affect early steps in chlorophyll synthesis.J. Biol.Chem.287, 682-692.
  • Yao, D.C.I., Brune, D.C., and Vermaas, W.F.J. (2012) Lifetimes of photosystem I and II proteins in the cyanobacterium Synechocystissp. PCC 6803.FEBS Lett.586, 169-173.
  • Gonzalez-Esquer, C.R., and Vermaas, W.F.J. (2013) ClpB1 overproduction in Synechocystissp PCC 6803 increases tolerance to rapid heat shock.Appl. Environ. Microbiol., in press.
  • Trautner, C., and Vermaas, W.F.J. (2013)Thesll1951gene encodes the surface layerproteinofSynechocystissp. strain PCC 6803.J. Bacteriol., in review.
  • Tsang, T.K., Roberson, R.W., and Vermaas, W.F.J. (2013) Polyhydroxybutyrate particles in Synechocystissp. PCC 6803: Facts and fiction. Photosynth. Res., in review.

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  • A Keilty, D Vavilin, Willem Vermaas. Functional analysis of combinatorial mutants with changes in the C-terminus of the CD-loop of the D2 protein in photosystem II of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Biochemistry (2001).
  • B Diner, E Schlodder, P Nixon, W Coleman, F Rapoport, J Lavergne, Willem Vermaas, D Chisholm. Site-directed mutations at D1-His198 and D2-His197 of photosystem II in Synechocystis PCC 6803: sites of primary charge separation and cation and triplet stabilization. Biochemistry (2001).
  • C Howitt, J Cooley, J Wiskich, Willem Vermaas. A strain of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 without photosynthetic oxygen evolution and respiratory oxygen consumption: Implications for the study of cyclic photosynthetic electron transport. Planta (2001).
  • G Kufryk, Willem Vermaas. A novel protein involved in the functional assembly of the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Biochemistry (2001).
  • S Ermakova-Gerdes, Z Yu, Willem Vermaas. Targeted random mutagenesis to identify functionally important residues in the D2 protein of photosystem II in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. J. Bacteriol (2001).
  • Kufryk, G, Vermaas, Willem. Early termination in Slr2013 restores photoautotrophic capacity in the D2 mutant T192H of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. (2001).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 490Capstone: Issues Biotechnology
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Summer 2017
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MBB 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2017
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MBB 491Capstone: Issues in Mol Biosci
MBB 494Special Topics
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
SOS 598Special Topics
Fall 2016
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BIO 189Life Sciences Career Paths
MBB 490Capstone: Issues Biotechnology
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
SOS 598Special Topics
BCH 598Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 491Capstone: Issues in Mol Biosci
MBB 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
BCH 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
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MBB 490Capstone: Issues Biotechnology
SOS 598Special Topics
Summer 2015
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MBB 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2015
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MIC 401Research Paper
MBB 491Capstone: Issues in Mol Biosci
MBB 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 490Capstone: Issues Biotechnology
SOS 598Special Topics
BCH 598Special Topics
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 491Capstone: Issues in Mol Biosci
MBB 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 490Capstone: Issues Biotechnology
MBB 499Individualized Instruction
SOS 598Special Topics
BCH 598Special Topics
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 491Capstone: Issues in Mol Biosci
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MBB 494Special Topics
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
SOS 598Special Topics