Principal Investigator

Dr Christopher Duffy

is a lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary Univeristy of London.


His primary research interests concern the quantum mechanical processes that govern efficient yet adaptable light-harvesting in photosynthetic organisms.


Particular focus is given to the carotenoid pigments that form a central part of the photosynthetic light-harvesting antenna proteins. Their role in light-harvesting is difficult to understand both experimentally, due to their optically ‘forbidden’ nature, and theoretically due to the strongly-correlated nature of their biologically-relevant electronic states. Dr Duffy seeks to understand the biological importance of carotenoid variety and the intrinsic and environmental factors that determine their specific biological function.    


Recent advances in Dr Duffy’s research include developing the first structure-based theory of chlorophyll-carotenoid energy transfer in antenna proteins.



Phone: +44 (0)20 7882 8006

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Vytautas Balevicius Jr.





Doctoral Students

Mr Kieran Fox

was awarded an MChem in Chemistry in 2013 by the University of Sussex. He is currently working towards a PhD in Chemistry in the Duffy Lab.


His research focusses on applying quantum chemistry and the theory of open quantum systems to study chlorophyll-carotenoid energy transfer processes in photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes. Using a theoretical approach he is developing an understanding of the molecular processes at the heart of photoprotective excitation energy dissipation in higher plants.




Contact Information

Dr Christopher Duffy

Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Biology

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Queen Mary University of London

Mile End

London E1 4NS


Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8006


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