User:Rafael G. Saer

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Rafael G. Saer
Rafael G. Saer
  • Rafael G. Saer
  • University of British Columbia
  • 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Life Sciences Building
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
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I am currently a PhD candidate of the Beatty Laboratory in the University of British Columbia. I specialize in the study of bacterial photosynthesis, with a focus on electron transfer reactions within photosynthetic reaction center proteins of the model organism Rhodobacter sphaeroides. I'm interested in how the protein component near the photoactive pigments of these reaction center proteins modulates the rates of electron transfer reactions.

I am also in collaborative effort with the department of electrical engineering at UBC, as well as the the department of electrical engineering at the University of South Florida, in an effort to utilize bacterial photosynthetic reaction center proteins as substrates for photovoltaic cells.


  • 2008, BS in Microbiology, University of Miami

Research interests

  1. Photosynthesis
  2. Synthetic Biology
  3. All areas of bacteriology


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  1. Yaghoubi H et al. (2012) The Role of Gold-Adsorbed Photosynthetic Reaction Centers and Redox Mediators in the Charge Transfer and Photocurrent Generation in a Bio-Photoelectrochemical Cell. J. Phys. Chem. C 116(47):24868-24877


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  4. Mahmoudzadeh A, et al. (2011) Photocurrent generation by direct electron transfer using photosynthetic reaction centres. Smart Mater Struct 20(9)


  5. Takshi A, Madden JDW, Mahmoudzadeh A, Saer R, & Beatty JT (2010) A Photovoltaic Device Using an Electrolyte Containing Photosynthetic Reaction Centers. Energies 3(11):1721-1727


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All Medline abstracts: PubMed HubMed


  • Saer, R et al. (2012) Effects of Site-specific Amino Acid Changes on the Bacteriopheophytin Environment in the Reaction Center of Rhodobacter sphaeroides
  • Saer, R et al. (2012) The Efficiency of Energy Capture in Zinc Bacteriochlorophyll-containing Reaction Centers is Regulated by Cofactor Coordination State



  • 2012, Gordon Research Conference in Photosynthesis, Davidson College, North Carolina, USA
  • 2010, Western Photosynthesis Conference, Asilomar Conference Grounds, California, USA


  • 2012, Canadian Society of Microbiologists, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2011, International Human Microbiome Congress, Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Activities and Interests

  • Hiking and Snowshoeing
  • Golf
  • Craft Beers
  • iGEM
  • Electronic Gaming

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