Michelle Harri s

Michelle Harri s

Former Member
Educational Background



Michelle received her B.S. in Integrative Biology (Honors Concentration) with a minor in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2009. She joined the Holten lab in 2009 and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Chemistry.

Research Interests



Michelle Harris studied the directionality of electron transfer down the normally active and inactive branches of the photosysnthetic reaction center with a bactriochlorophyll-bacteriopheophytin heterodimer, in place of the native bacteriochlorophyll dimer. 

Currently, she is interested in energy transfer in biohybrid light-harvesting complexes. The biohybrid complexes have bacterial photosynthetic antenna peptide analogs carrying designer synthetic chromophores (synthesized by the Lindsey lab at NCSU) that self assemble with each other and native bacteriochlorophyll a to form biohybrid antennas with enhanced solar energy capture and high energy-transfer efficiencies.




Self-Assembled Light-Harvesting System from Chromophores in Lipid Vesicles, T. Sahin, M. A. Harris, P. Vairaprakash, D. M. Niedzwiedzki, V. Subramanian, A. P. Shreve, D. F. Bocian, D. Holten and J. S. Lindsey, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2015, 119, 10231-10243.

Effects of Substituents on Synthetic Analogs of Chlorophylls.  Part 4: How Formyl Group Location Dictates the Spectral Properties of Chlorophylls b, d and f, J. M. Yuen, M. A. Harris, M. Liu, J. R. Diers, C. Kirmaier, D. F. Bocian, J. S. Lindsey and D. Holten, Photochem. Photobiol.2015, 91, 331-342.

Enhanced Light-Harvesting Capacity by Micellar Assembly of Free Accessory Chromophores and LH1-Like Antennas, M. A. Harris, T. Sahin, J. Jiang, P. Vairaprakash, P. S. Parkes-Loach, D. M. Niedzwiedzki, C. Kirmaier, P. A. Loach, D. F. Bocian, D. Holten, and J. S. Lindsey, Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2014, 90, 1264-1276.

Amphiphilic, Hydrophilic, or Hydrophobic Synthetic Bacteriochlorins in Biohybrid Light-Harvesting Architectures. Consideration of Molecular Designs, J.  Jiang, K. R. Reddy, M. P. Pavan, E. Lubian, M. A. Harris, J. Jiao, C. Kirmaier, P. S. Parkes-Loach, P. Loach, D. F. Bocian, D. Holten, and J. S. Lindsey, Photosynthesis Research 2014, 122, 187-202.

Versatile Design of Biohybrid Light-Harvesting Architectures to Tune Location, Density and Spectral Coverage of Attached Synthetic Chromophores for Enhanced Energy Capture, M. A. Harris, J. Jiang, D. M. Niedzwiedzki,  J. Jiao, M. Taniguchi, C. Kirmaier, P. A. Loach, D. F. Bocian, J. S. Lindsey,D. Holten, and P. S. Parkes-Loach, Photosynthesis Research 2014, 121, 35-48.

Integration of Multiple Chromophores with Native Photosynthetic Antennas to Enhance Solar Energy Capture and Delivery,  M. A. Harris, P. S. Parkes-Loach, J. W. Springer, J. Jiang, E. C. Martin, P. Qian, J. Jiao, D. M. Niedzwiedzki, C. Kirmaier,  J. D. Olsen, D. F. Bocian, D. Holten, C. N. Hunter, J. S. Lindsey, and P. A. Loach  Chemical Science 2013, 4, 3924–3933.

Protein Influence on Charge-Asymmetry of the Primary Donor in Photosynthetic Bacterial Reaction Centers Containing a Heterodimer:  Effects on Photophysical Properties and Electron Transfer, M. A. Harris, C. A. Luehr, K. M. Faries, M. Wander, L. Kressel, D. Holten, D. K. Hanson, P. D. Laible and C. Kirmaier. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2013, 117, 4028-4041.

Palette of Lipophilic Bacteriochlorins for Construction of Biohybrid Light-Harvesting Architectures, K. R. Reddy, J. Jiang, M. Krayer, M. A. Harris, J. W. Springer, E. Yang, J. Jiao, D. M. Niedzwiedzki, D. Pandithavidana, P. S. Parkes-Loach, C. Kirmaier, P. A. Loach, D. F. Bocian, D. Holten, and J. S. Lindsey. Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 2036-2053.

Biohybrid Photosynthetic Antenna Complexes for Enhanced Light-Harvesting, J. W. Springer, P. S. Parkes-Loach, K. R. Reddy, M. Krayer, J. Jiao, G. M. Lee, D.M. Niedzwiedzki, M. A. Harris, C. Kirmaier,  D. F. Bocian, J. S. Lindsey, D. Holten, and P. A. Loach J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 4589-4599.