School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Maxim Kapralov

Senior Lecturer


Brief CV

• 2017 – present: Senior Lecturer, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University.
• 2015 – 2017: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University.
• 2013 – 2015: Research Fellow, Research School of Biology, Australian National University.
• 2007 – 2013: Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford.
• 2005 – 2007: Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham.
• 2004 – 2005: Visiting Researcher, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman WA, USA.
• 2000 – 2004: DPhil, Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ekaterinburg.  

Journal Peer Review: American Journal of Botany, Annals of Botany, Biological Journal of Linnean Society, BMC Genomics, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Evolution, Heredity, Journal of Experimental Botany, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, New Phytologist, Plant Ecology & Diversity, Plant Journal, Plant Science, PLoS ONE, PNAS.

Grant Review: BBSRC


I work on fundamental aspects of photosynthesis and its improvement.

Key indicative publications

1. One Thousand Plant Transcriptomes Initiative (2019) One thousand plant transcriptomes and the phylogenomics of green plants. Nature volume 574, pages679–685

2. Sharwood RE, Ghannoum O, Kapralov MV, Gunn LH, Whitney SM (2016) Temperature responses of Rubisco from Paniceae grasses provide opportunities for improving C3 photosynthesis. Nature Plants. 2:16186. Featured in editorial by RF Sage ‘Photosynthesis: Mining grasses for a better Rubisco’.

3. Orr D, Alcântara A, Kapralov MV, Andralojc J, Carmo-Silva E, Parry MAJ (2016). Surveying Rubisco diversity and temperature response to improve crop photosynthetic efficiency. Plant Phys. 172:707-17. Included in the Top Topics from 2016

4. Hermida-Carrera C, Kapralov MV, Galmés J (2016). Rubisco catalytic properties and temperature response in crops. Plant Phys. 171:2549-61.

5. Whitney SM, Birch R, Kelso C, Beck JL, Kapralov MV (2015). Improving recombinant Rubisco biogenesis, plant photosynthesis and growth by coexpressing its ancillary RAF1 chaperone. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 112:3564-69.

6. Galmés J, Kapralov MV, Andralojc PJ, Conesa MÀ, Keys AJ, Parry MAJ, Flexas J (2014) Expanding knowledge of the Rubisco kinetics variability in plant species: environmental and evolutionary trends. Plant, Cell & Environment 37:1989-2001. Featured in editorial by RE Sharwood & SM Whitney ‘Correlating Rubisco catalytic and sequence diversity within C3 plants with changes in atmospheric CO2 concentrations’.

7. Galmés J, Andralojc PJ, Kapralov MV, Flexas J, Keys AJ, Molins A, Parry MAJ, Conesa MÀ (2014) Environmentally driven evolution of Rubisco and improved photosynthesis and growth within the C3 genus Limonium (Plumbaginaceae). New Phytologist 203:989-99.

8. Kapralov MV, Votintseva AA, Filatov DA (2013) Molecular adaptation during a rapid adaptive radiation. Mol. Biol. Evol. 30(5):1051-59.


I currently contribute towards the following modules:

Stage 1:

MST1204 Academic and Professional Skills for the Biosciences

BIO1020 Genetics and Evolution

BIO1021 Diversity of Life: Function and Form

Stage 2:

BIO2030 Methods in Biotechnology: Principles, Theory and Practice

Stage 3:

BIO3041 Molecular Evolution and Systematics

BIO3042 Biotechnology: Applications 

Biological Literature Review (BIO3197), Biological Information Project (BIO3198), Biological Research Project (BIO3199).

MSc Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology:

BIO8044 Biotechnology: Advanced Topics

The lab is always happy to host stage 3 and Master biology and ICB students for laboratory based-projects.

Informal enquiries about PhD studentships for projects related to our research interests are welcome at any time.