Donald Bryant

Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology; Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Donald Bryant

Research Summary

Photosynthesis, structure-function relationships of proteins, gene regulation, and microbial physiology. Cyanobacteria and green sulfur bacteria. Genomics of photosynthetic bacteria.

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Cyanobacteria Light Photosynthesis Genes Photosystem Ii Protein Complex Chlorophyll Oxygen Chlorophyll F Cyanobacterium Far Red Light Quartz Sand Chlorophyll D Protein Acclimation Synechococcus Earth (Planet) Microbiota Bacteria Ether Strain Acidobacteria Lipids Planetary Evolution Bacteriophages

Most Recent Publications

Christopher Gisriel, Gaozhong Shen, David Flesher, Vasily Kurashov, John H. Golbeck, Gary Brudvig, Muhamed Amin, Donald Ashley Bryant, 2023, Journal of Biological Chemistry

Uri Neri, Yuri I. Wolf, Simon Roux, Antonio Pedro Camargo, Benjamin Lee, Darius Kazlauskas, I. Min Chen, Natalia Ivanova, Lisa Zeigler Allen, David Paez-Espino, Donald A. Bryant, Devaki Bhaya, Adrienne B. Narrowe, Alexander J. Probst, Alexander Sczyrba, Annegret Kohler, Armand Séguin, Ashley Shade, Barbara J. Campbell, Björn D. Lindahl, Brandi Kiel Reese, Breanna M. Roque, Chris DeRito, Colin Averill, Daniel Cullen, David A.C. Beck, David A. Walsh, David M. Ward, Dongying Wu, Emiley Eloe-Fadrosh, Eoin L. Brodie, Erica B. Young, Erik A. Lilleskov, Federico J. Castillo, Francis M. Martin, Gary R. LeCleir, Graeme T. Attwood, Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz, Holly M. Simon, Ian Hewson, Igor V. Grigoriev, James M. Tiedje, Janet K. Jansson, Janey Lee, Jean S. VanderGheynst, Jeff Dangl, Jeff S. Bowman, Jeffrey L. Blanchard, Monica Medina, Terrence H. Bell, 2022, Cell on p. 4023-4037.e18

Nathan Soulier, Karim Walters, Tatiana N. Laremore, Gaozhong Shen, John H. Golbeck, Donald A. Bryant, 2022, Photosynthesis Research on p. 21-42

Christopher J. Gisriel, Tanai Cardona, Donald A. Bryant, Gary W. Brudvig, 2022, Microorganisms

Ting Shuo Nien, Donald A. Bryant, Ming Yang Ho, 2022, Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Brayon J. Fremin, Ami S. Bhatt, Nikos C. Kyrpides, Aditi Sengupta, Alexander Sczyrba, Aline Maria da Silva, Alison Buchan, Amelie Gaudin, Andreas Brune, Ann M. Hirsch, Anthony Neumann, Ashley Shade, Axel Visel, Barbara Campbell, Brett Baker, Brian P. Hedlund, Byron C. Crump, Cameron Currie, Charlene Kelly, Chris Craft, Christina Hazard, Christopher Francis, Christopher W. Schadt, Colin Averill, Courtney Mobilian, Dan Buckley, Dana Hunt, Daniel Noguera, David Beck, David L. Valentine, David Walsh, Dawn Sumner, Despoina Lymperopoulou, Devaki Bhaya, Donald A. Bryant, Elise Morrison, Eoin Brodie, Erica Young, Erik Lilleskov, Eva Högfors-Rönnholm, Feng Chen, Frank Stewart, Graeme W. Nicol, Hanno Teeling, Harry R. Beller, Hebe Dionisi, Hui Ling Liao, J. Michael Beman, Jennifer Macalady, Monica Medina, 2022, Cell Reports

Bayleigh Murray, Emine Ertekin, Micah Dailey, Nathan T. Soulier, Gaozhong Shen, Donald A. Bryant, Cesar Perez-Fernandez, Jocelyne Diruggiero, 2022, Microorganisms

Craig MacGregor-Chatwin, Dennis J. Nürnberg, Philip J. Jackson, Cvetelin Vasilev, Andrew Hitchcock, Ming Yang Ho, Gaozhong Shen, Christopher J. Gisriel, William H.J. Wood, Moontaha Mahbub, Vera M. Selinger, Matthew P. Johnson, Mark J. Dickman, Alfred William Rutherford, Donald A. Bryant, C. Neil Hunter, 2022, Science advances

Christopher Gisriel, Gaozhong Shen, Ming-Yang Ho, Kurashov Vasily, Vasily Kurashov, David Flesher, Jimin Wang, William Armstrong, John H. Golbeck, Marilyn Gunner, David Vinyard, Richard Debus, Gary Brudvig, Donald A. Bryant, 2021, Journal of Biological Chemistry on p. 101424

Photosynthesis: Long wavelength pigments in photosynthesis

Ming Yang Ho, Donald A. Bryant, 2021, on p. 245-255

Most-Cited Papers

Stephen Nayfach, Simon Roux, Rekha Seshadri, Daniel Udwary, Neha Varghese, Frederik Schulz, Dongying Wu, David Paez-Espino, I. Min Chen, Marcel Huntemann, Krishna Palaniappan, Joshua Ladau, Supratim Mukherjee, T. B.K. Reddy, Torben Nielsen, Edward Kirton, José P. Faria, Janaka N. Edirisinghe, Christopher S. Henry, Sean P. Jungbluth, Dylan Chivian, Paramvir Dehal, Elisha M. Wood-Charlson, Adam P. Arkin, Susannah G. Tringe, Axel Visel, Helena Abreu, Silvia G. Acinas, Eric Allen, Michelle A. Allen, Lauren V. Alteio, Gary Andersen, Alexandre M. Anesio, Graeme Attwood, Viridiana Avila-Magaña, Yacine Badis, Jake Bailey, Brett Baker, Petr Baldrian, Hazel A. Barton, David A.C. Beck, Eric D. Becraft, Harry R. Beller, J. Michael Beman, Rizlan Bernier-Latmani, Timothy D. Berry, Anthony Bertagnolli, Stefan Bertilsson, Donald A. Bryant, Mónica Medina, 2021, Nature Biotechnology on p. 499-509

Fei Gan, Shuyi Zhang, Nathan C. Rockwell, Shelley S. Martin, J. Clark Lagarias, Donald A. Bryant, 2014, Science on p. 1312-1317

Donald A. Bryant, C. Neil Hunter, Martin J. Warren, 2020, Journal of Biological Chemistry on p. 6888-6925

Ming Yang Ho, Gaozhong Shen, Daniel P. Canniffe, Chi Zhao, Donald A. Bryant, 2016, Science

Fei Gan, Gaozhong Shen, Donald A. Bryant, 2015, Life on p. 4-24

Fei Gan, Donald A. Bryant, 2015, Environmental Microbiology on p. 3450-3465

Trinity L. Hamilton, Donald A. Bryant, Jennifer L. Macalady, 2016, Environmental Microbiology on p. 325-340

Jaap S. Sinninghe Damsté, W. Irene C. Rijpstra, Ellen C. Hopmans, Bärbel U. Foesel, Pia K. Wüst, Jörg Overmann, Marcus Tank, Donald A. Bryant, Peter F. Dunfield, Karen Houghton, Matthew B. Stott, 2014, Applied and Environmental Microbiology on p. 5207-5218

How nature designs light-harvesting antenna systems: Design principles and functional realization in chlorophototrophic prokaryotes

Donald Bryant, Daniel Canniffe, 2018, Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Ana Carolina M. Junqueira, Aakrosh Ratan, Enzo Acerbi, Daniela I. Drautz-Moses, Balakrishnan N.V. Premkrishnan, Paul I. Costea, Bodo Linz, Rikky W. Purbojati, Daniel F. Paulo, Nicolas E. Gaultier, Poorani Subramanian, Nur A. Hasan, Rita R. Colwell, Peer Bork, Ana Maria L. Azeredo-Espin, Donald A. Bryant, Stephan C. Schuster, 2017, Scientific Reports

News Articles Featuring Donald Bryant

Altered light-harvesting complex in a cyanobacterium allows low-energy light use

Researchers have isolated and determined the molecular structure of the light-harvesting antenna that helps some cyanobacteria — formerly referred to as blue-green algae — produce energy through photosynthesis even in lower-energy light.

Manuel Llinás named as the Ernest C. Pollard Professor in Biotechnology

Manuel Llinás, distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and of chemistry in the Penn State Eberly College of Science, has been named the Ernest C. Pollard Professor in Biotechnology.

Bryant honored with Kettering Award for excellence in photosynthesis research

Donald A. Bryant, Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State, has been awarded the Charles F. Kettering Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists. The award was established by an endowment from the Kettering Foundation in 1962 and recognizes meritorious work in photosynthesis.

Scientists solve structure enabling cyanobacteria to thrive in low light

Scientists have determined the structure of the protein complex that gives cyanobacteria their unique ability to convert weak, filtered sunlight into useable energy. Their findings could one day be used to engineer crops that thrive under low-light conditions.