Diana Kirilovsky has born in Buenos Aires. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel).After post-doctoral training in France at CNRS and CEA laboratories, she obtained a Senior Research Scientist position at the CNRS. Presently, she is a Research Director (DR1, CNRS) and Group Leader in the Institute of Integral Biology of the Cell (I2BC, CNRS) in Gif sur Yvette, France. Diana Kirilovsky has studied the molecular biology and physiology of cyanobacteria for over 30 years focusing on light induced processes, in particular, the role of light as a source of stress and as a regulator. She principally studies the mechanisms of photoinhibition, photoprotection and light acclimation in cyanobacteria. A major contribution of her group was the discovery and characterization of a new mechanism of photoprotection in cyanobacteria involving a unique type of photoactive carotenoid protein.