My group has a strong interest in the processes by which plants move iron and other transition metals within their above ground parts. We have recently shown that members of the Yellow Stripe Like (YSL) family of transporters are required for normal iron, zinc, and copper loading into both vegetative and reproductive tissues. In future, my group will continue to perform experiments that will elucidate the mechanisms that plants use to achieve correct distribution of iron and other metals into above ground organs and seeds. We will also pursue experiments that will elucidate the function(s) of additional YSL family members both at the biochemical and whole plant physiological levels.
The UMass Taxol™ consortium (Sue Roberts, Chemical Engineering; Elsbeth Walker, Biology; and Jennifer Normanly, BMB) applies molecular biology approaches to characterizing and manipulating Taxus metabolism for production of paclitaxel (Taxol™). Our long term goal is to understand the gene networks that plant cells use to produce chemicals that are useful as pharmaceuticals. With this knowledge, we will be able to make drugs that are cheaper, and more environmentally friendly, and more abundantly available.
Nithin Gopalsamy has been awarded the 2011 Ray Ethan Torrey Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship. Nithin is a Junior who has worked in the Walker Lab since his sophomore year. His project is to study the role of the gene BdNAM-B1 in senescence and nutrient remobilization in Brachypodium distachyon. 4/26/11
Sarah Conte joins the lab. 8/30/2009.
The Brachypodium genome is now available. 5/13/2009.