Many organisms produce glowing light (often green in color) when exposed to a UV or blue light source. We study this phenomenon of fluorescence following two research topics:
- We try to isolate the compound (molecules or proteins) able to convert the light from blue to green (but also other colors), which has attractive properties in biotechnology and biomedicine.
- We also study the life history of the fluorescence and assess how it changes with stressful environmental conditions (related to climate change and/or chemical exposure). We therefore use the change of fluorescence as a proxy of organisms health in a change ecosystem.