Min Chen (biologist)

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Min Chen
Min Chen.JPG
Photo taken at Sydney University Wikibomb 2014
Born 1963 (age 53–54)
Fields Biology
Institutions University of Sydney
Education Northeast Normal University (BSc, & MSc)
University of Sydney (Ph.D.)
Alma mater University of Sydney
Known for chlorophyll f

Min Chen is an eminent Australian plant physiologist. She was born in China and educated in Northeast Normal University China - BSc in 1984 and MSc in 1987 and received her PhD in 2003 from The University of Sydney Australia. She is a Full Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney. Her research is primarily concerned with elucidating the molecular and biochemical mechanism of the energy-storing reactions in photosynthetic organisms, especially the function of novel photopigments in oxygenic photosynthetic bacteria.


Her research found that chlorophyll f has an absorption maximum at 706 nm in vitro, which suggests that oxygenic photosynthesis can be extended even further into the infrared region, which may open up associated bioenergy applications. Red-shifted chlorophylls could be used extend light capture in crop plants.[1] Chen is the University of Sydney node leader of Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis.[2] The function of Chlorophyll f in photosynthetic reactions is uncertain and the ecological distribution of chlorophyll f remains unknown.[3]


In October 2011, Chen was awarded the Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year,[4] for her role in discovering a new form of chlorophyll, called chlorophyll f.[5] In 2013 she was recipient of the Robin Hill Award of the International Society for Photosynthesis Research[6] and in the same year awarded the Peter Goldacre Award by the Australian Society of Plant Scientists.[7]


  1. ^ Burdick, Alan (23 November 2010). "Power Plants". OnEarth. National Resources Defense Council. 
  2. ^ "Chief Investigators & Partner Investigators". Translational Photosynthesis. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Chen M, Schliep M, Willows R, Cai Z-L, Neilan BA, Scheer H, A red-shifted chlorophyll, Science 329, 1318-1319 (2010); published online 19 August 2010.
  4. ^ 2011 Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
  5. ^ "Australian scientists discover first new chlorophyll in 60 years". Woodside, United States: Xinhua News Agency. 20 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Awards presented at PS16, St Louis - August 2013". International Society of Photosynthesis Research. 
  7. ^ "Peter Goldacre Award". Australian Society of Plant Scientists. 

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