Selected Publications  (For a complete list, see


Zhang H, Liu H, Blankenship RE and Gross ML (2016) Isotope-encoded Carboxyl Group Footprinting for Mass Spectrometry-based Protein Conformational Studies. Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 27: 178-181.

Kavadiya S, Chadha TS, Liu H, Shah VB, Blankenship RE and Biswas P (2016) Directed Assembly of Thylakoid Membrane on Nanostructured TiO2 for a Photo-electrochemical Cell. Nanoscale 8: 1868-1872.

Zhang, H, Liu, H, Lu, Y, Wolf, NR, Gross ML and Blankenship RE (2016) Native Mass Spectrometry and Ion Mobility Characterize the Orange Carotenoid Protein Functional Domains. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1857: 734-739.

Liu H, Zhang H, Orf GS, Lu Y, Jiang J, King JD, Wolf NR, Gross ML and Blankenship RE (2016) Dramatic Domain Rearrangements of the Cyanobacterial Orange Carotenoid Protein upon Photoactivation. Biochemistry 55: 1003-1009.

Yoneda A, Wittmann BJ, King JD, Blankenship RE, Dantas G (2016) Transcriptomic analysis illuminates genes involved in chlorophyll synthesis after nitrogen starvation in Acaryochloris sp. CCMEE 5410. Photosynthesis Research 129: 171-182.

Saer R, Orf GS, Lu X, Zhang H, Myles D and Robert E. Blankenship RE (2016) Perturbation of Bacteriochlorophyll Molecules in Fenna-Matthews-Olson Protein Complexes through Mutagenesis of Cysteine Residues. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1857: 1455-1463

Niedzwiedzki DM, Tronina T, Liu H, Staleva H, Komenda J, Sobotka R, Blankenship RE, and Polívka T (2016) Carotenoid-induced non-photochemical quenching in the cyanobacterial chlorophyll synthase-HliC/D complex. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1857: 1430-1439.

Magdaong NCM, Niedzwiedzki DM, Goodson C and Blankenship RE (2016) Carotenoid-to-Bacteriochlorophyll Energy Transfer in the LH1-RC Core Complex of a Bacteriochlorophyll b-Containing Purple Photosynthetic Bacterium Blastochloris viridisJournal of Physical Chemistry B 120: 5159-5171.

Majumder EL-W, Olsen JD, Qian P, Collins AM, Hunter CN and Blankenship RE (2016) Supramolecular organization of photosynthetic complexes in membranes of Roseiflexus castenholzii. Photosynthesis Research, 127: 117-130. 


Blankenship RE (2015) Photosynthesis: The light reactions, Chapter 7 in: Plant Physiology and Development, 6th Ed., L Taiz and E Zeiger, Eds., Sinauer Publishing, pps 171-202.

Majumder ELW and Blankenship RE (2015) The diversity of photosynthetic cytochromes. In: Cytochrome Complexes: Evolution, Structures, Energy Transduction, and Signaling, W Cramer and T Kallas, Eds., Springer, Dordrecht. Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration, Vol. 41, pps 25-50.

You L, Liu H, Blankenship RE and Tang YJ (2015) Use of Photosystem I as a reporter protein for 13C-analysis in a coculture containing cyanobacterium and a heterotrophic bacterium. Analytical Biochemistry 477: 86-88.

Blankenship RE (2015) Structural and functional dynamics of photosynthetic antenna complexes. Proc. Nat’l. Acad. Sci. USA. 112: 13751–13752.

Shah VB, Henson WR, Chadha TS, Lakin G, Liu H, Blankenship RE and Biswas P (2015) Linker free directed assembly of Photosystem I onto nanostructured TiO2 for biohybrid photo-electrochemical cell. Langmuir 31: 1675–1682.

Kihara S, Hartzler D, Orf GS, Blankenship RE and Savikhin S (2015) Triplet energy transfer in the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 119: 5765-5772.

Cui W, Zhang H, Blankenship RE and Gross ML (2015) Electron-capture dissociation and ion mobility for characterization of the hemoglobin protein assembly. Protein Science 24: 1325-1132.

He G, Niedzwiedzki DM, Orf GS, Zhang H and Blankenship RE (2015) Dynamics of Energy and Electron Transfer in the FMO-Reaction Center Complex from the Phototrophic Green Sulfur Bacterium Chlorobaculum tepidum. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 119: 8321−8329.

Jiang J, Zhang H, Lu X, Lu Y, Cuneo MJ, O’Neill HM, Urban V, Lo CS, Blankenship RE (2015) Oligomerization State and Pigment Binding Strength of the Peridinin-Chl a-Protein. FEBS Letters 589: 2713-2719.

Ort DR, Merchant SS, Alric J, Barkan A, Blankenship RE, Bock R, Croce R, Hanson MR, Hibberd J, Lindstrom DL, Long SP, Moore TA, Moroney J, Niyogi KK, Parry M, Peralta-Yahya P, Prince R, Redding K, Spalding M, van Wijk K, Vermaas WFJ, von Caemmerer S, Weber W, Yeates T, Yuan J, Zhu X (2015) Redesigning photosynthesis to sustainably meet global food and bioenergy demand. Proc. Nat’l. Acad. Sci. USA 112: 8529-8536.

Lu Y, Zhang H, Cui W, Saer R, Liu H, Gross ML, and Blankenship RE (2015) Top-down Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Membrane-bound Light-Harvesting Complex 2 from Rhodobacter sphaeroides Biochemistry, 54: 7261-7271.


Blankenship RE (2014) Molecular Mechanisms of Photosynthesis, 2nd Ed. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. ISBN 978-1-4051-8975-0

Hartzler D, Niedzwiedzki DM, Bryant DA, Blankenship RE, Pushkar Y and Savikhin S (2014) Triplet excited state energies and phosphorescence spectra of (bacterio)chlorophylls. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 118: 7221–7232.

Niedzwiedzki DN, Liu H and Blankenship RE (2014) Excited state properties of 3’-hydroxyechinenone in solvents and in the orange carotenoid protein from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 118: 6141–6149.

Herascu N, Kell A, Acharya K, Jankowiak R, Blankenship RE and Zazubovich V (2014) Modeling of various optical spectra in the presence of uncorrelated excitation energy transfer in dimers and trimers with weak inter-pigment coupling. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 118: 2302-2040.

Niedzwiedzki DM, Orf GS, Tank M, Vogl K, Bryant DA and Blankenship RE (2014) Photophysical properties of the excited states of bacteriochlorophyll f in solvents and in chlorosomes. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 118: 2295-2305.

Liu H, Zhang H, King JD, Wolf N, Prado M, Gross ML, and Blankenship RE (2014) Structural rearrangements of cyanobacterial orange carotenoid protein upon light activation. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1837: 1955-1963.

Jiang J, Zhang H, Orf G, Lu Y, Xu W, Harrington LB, Liu H, Lo CS and Blankenship RE (2014) Chlorophyll a/c2-peridinin proteins assemble into trimers in the dinoflagellate Symbiodinium. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1837: 1904-1912.

Carey A-M, Hacking K, Picken N, Honkanen S, Kelly S, Niedzwiedzki DM, Blankenship RE, Shimizu Y, Hikabe H, Wang-Otomo Z-Y and Cogdell RJ (2014) Characterisation of the LH2 spectral variants produced by the photosynthetic purple sulphur bacterium Allochromatium vinosum. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1837: 1849-1860.

David L, Prado M, Blankenship RE, Arteni A, Elmlund DA and Adir N (2014) Structural studies show energy transfer within stabilized phycobilisomes independent of the mode of rod-core assembly. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1837: 385-395.

Blankenship RE, Frank HA and Niederman RA (2014) Introduction to accompany the special issue on light harvesting. Photosynthesis Research 121: 1.

Niedzwiedzki DM, Liu H, Chen M and Blankenship RE (2014) Excited state properties of chlorophyll f in organic solvents at ambient and cryogenic temperatures. Photosynthesis Research 121: 25-34.

Kell A, Acharya K, Blankenship RE and Jankowiak R (2014) Destabilization in the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex of Chlorobaculum tepidum. Photosynthesis Research 120: 323-329.

Orf GS, Niedzwiedzki DM and Blankenship RE (2014) Intensity dependence of the excited state lifetime and triplet conversion yield in the FMO antenna protein. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 118: 2058-2069.

Zhang Y, Majumder E L-W, Yue H, Blankenship RE, and Gross ML (2014) Analysis of diheme cytochrome c by hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry and homology modeling. Biochemistry 53: 5619-5630.

He G, Zhang H, King JD and Blankenship RE (2014) Structural analysis of the homodimeric reaction center complex from the photosynthetic green sulfur bacterium Chlorobaculum tepidum. Biochemistry 53: 4924-4930.

Zang H, Niedzwiedzki DM, Liu H, Prado M, Jiang J, Gross ML and Blankenship RE (2014) The molecular mechanism of orange carotenoid protein-mediated photoprotection in cyanobacteria. Biochemistry 53: 13-19.

McIntosh C and Blankenship RE (2014) Photosynthesis. In: Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, R Scott, Ed., John Wiley and Sons, Chichester. DOI: 10.1002/9781119951438.eibc0177.pub2. 27 pps.

Jez JM and Blankenship RE (2014) Lights, X-rays, oxygen! Cell 158: 701-703. (IR)

mutagenesis of the highly perturbed copper site of auracyanin D. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 564: 237-243.

King JD, Liu H, He G, Orf GS and Blankenship RE (2014) Chemical activation of the cyanobacterial orange carotenoid protein. FEBS Letters 588: 4561-4565.


Liu H, Zhang H, Niedzwiedzki DM, Prado M, He G, Gross ML and Blankenship RE (2013) Phycobilisomes supply excitations to both photosystems in a megacomplex in cyanobacteria. Science 342: 1104-1107.