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Michigan State University

PhotosynQ is a cross-collaboration between Professor David Kramer’s lab at Michigan State University and other partners. If you have questions about or interest in the project, please email us.

In addition to those listed below, many people in the Kramer Lab routinely help us troubleshoot, edit, and think through experiments, coding, and design of all kinds and are a key part of the team. In addition, the PhotosynQ community has provided countless hours of troubleshooting and ideas to the project.


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David Kramer

Dave’s research aims to understand how photosynthesis powers and shapes life, and how it might be altered to increase productivity in a changing environment. He has established an integrated program that builds on recent technological and scientific advances to allow high-resolution and high-throughput characterization of photosynthetic processes in vivo.

02 greg austic

Greg Austic

Prior to cofounding the PhotosynQ project, Greg designed games, made biodiesel, and was involved in various open education and open technology activities in Ann Arbor, MI. His goal is to increase the amount of publicly available information in the world by developing technology with a naturally ‘open’ market path and directing existing technology towards open licenses and business models.

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Robert Zegarac

Robert’s official title is “Res/Instruc Equipment Technologist II”… but that’s a bit misleading. He’s actually a self-taught electrical engineer who can design just about anything, including the MultispeQ hardware. As a bonus he’s extremely handy with a soldering iron.

04 sebastian kuhlgert

Sebastian Kuhlgert

Sebastian is a post-doc from Germany. Though he’s a plant scientist by trade, he moonlights as a programmer. He’s is developing a web-based data analysis tool in Javascript so that users can visualize and compare data within their experiment and the Chrome desktop app to take measurements with the MultispeQ.

06 dan teravest

Dan TerAvest

Dan is a post-doc who has spent over 5 years living in eastern and southern Africa working with smallholder agricultural systems. His training is in soil science and agroecological research and he is interested in how PhotosynQ can be used to improve food security in the developing world.

07 atsuko kanazawa

Atsuko Kanazawa

Atsuko is leading the CoralspeQ project. She was trained as a biophysicist, using spectroscopy to understand the photosynthetic processes of plants, algae and bacteria. The work on the symbiotic algae inside of the corals led her to get involved in the global coral bleaching project. She is interested in the physiological responses of both coral and symbiont to the environment in the field.

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Christopher Zatzke

Christopher is an engineer aiding in the design and development of the next generation of sensing technology here at PhotosynQ. Christopher received his BS in Horticultural Sciences from Michigan State University in 2015. He has been a member of Kramer Labs and the PhotosynQ team since 2012 as an undergraduate assistant.

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Venturit, Inc.

Venturit, Inc. is a donor and a maintainer of the Photosynq Open Source Project. Venturit's development team contributed to the Photosynq web application, Android mobile application and to the API. In addition to building Apps and Websites, Venturit provides early-stage technology investments for startups.

10 frank mnthambala

Frank Mnthambala

Frank is PhotosynQ's on the ground support person in Malawi. He has a masters in soil science, and several years of experience with agricultural research in Malawi. He increased the number of Malawi partners from 0 to 12 and collected over 10,000 data points in the first six months of his tenure.

Additional Contributions

Kevin Bi, Jeremy Brodersen, Veronica Greve, Ben Lucker, Sean Reed, Geoff Rhodes, Talia Selitsky, Oliver Tessmer, Jon Zeff