Chris Gisriel was honorably discharged from the United States Army after completing a tour of duty in Bagram, Afghanistan in 2004, receiving multiple ribbons and awards for his service. He received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Arizona State University in 2013, during which he began his research career in the study of proteins involved in photosynthesis. In his graduate studies, Chris solved the first molecular structure of a Type I anoxygenic reaction center, providing a platform from which to speculate on the evolution of photosynthesis with his colleagues. Chris received his Ph.D. in 2017 and his scholastic success was recognized by ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences by naming him a 2017 CLAS Leader, the 2017 Outstanding Graduate, and awarding him a Graduate Excellence Award. Chris performed a brief postdoctoral position at ASU’s Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery in the lab of Petra Fromme where he gained experience in (1) XFEL crystallography, exploring the ability for fast data collection at XFELs to be used for understanding the structure of large protein complexes, and (2) cryo-electron microscopy, elucidating the first structure of a far-red light-adapted photosystem. Chris is now a postdoctoral associate at Yale University’s Department of Chemistry in the Brudvig lab where he studies Photosystem II and the water oxidation complex. Chris is an ARCS Scholar and specializes in structural biology and spectroscopic techniques as they apply to photosynthetic systems.