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Susanne von Caemmerer

Australian National University

Professor Susanne von Caemmerer research focusses on understanding and improving C3 and C4 photosynthesis, genetically manipulating the photosynthetic processes, and developing better leaf and plant photosynthetic models.  She co-developed one of the most widely used biochemical models in plant biology – the Farquhar, von Caemmerer and Berry model of C3 photosynthesis and identified the key physiological measurements needed to apply the model. She developed an equally widely used model of C4 photosynthesis. Her current research is resolving critical issues of CO2 diffusion inside leaves.

Her expertise in the physiology of C4 photosynthesis led to her to be invited as a founding member of the International C4 rice consortium (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation) which is attempting to put the C4 photosynthetic pathway into rice ( She is also a member of Bill and Melinda Gates foundation funded RIPE consortium (Routes to Improving Photosynthetic Efficiency) led out of University of Illinois, which investigates how to improve crop yield by improving photosynthetic efficiency ( She is Deputy Director of the Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis funded by Australian Research Council.  The brief of this research centre is to develop novel ways to enhance leaf photosynthesis for crop improvement (   

She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The Royal Society of London and the German Academy of Science, Leopoldina. Her work continues to combine mathematical modeling of biochemical processes and the development of experimental approaches needed to apply these models.