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Amanda Cavanagh

Amanda Cavanagh

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Research Project: Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE)

Amanda Cavanagh is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry and went on to earn her doctorate in biology from the University of New Brunswick. As a doctoral student, she was independently awarded funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada as well as an award from the O'Brien Foundation, a humanitarian trust. Amanda's work has been primarily focused on photosynthesis research. She is interested in the biochemical diversity in plants and how diversity can affect photosynthesis and plant growth. Her research for the Ort LabĀ involves characterizing the biochemistry and physiology for photorespiratory bypass work in plants. Amanda's work has been published in Plant Cell, Photosynthesis Research, and Science. Learn more about Amanda's breakthrough work that boosted crop growth by 40 percent on NPR, or watch the video below.

The Ort Lab is supported by many public and private partnerships, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, the UK Government's Department for International Development, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

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