Welcome to the Waters Research Lab homepage. We are interested in understanding how plants sense and respond to iron (Fe) deficiency. Fe is needed for numerous redox processes that use proteins containing heme structures or Fe-S clusters. In previous work, we determined that Cu accumulation is increased under Fe deficiency, and Fe containing superoxide dismutase (FeSOD) proteins (that scavenge superoxide free radicals produced by photosynthesis and cell metabolism) are replaced with copper (Cu) containing SODs (Stein and Waters, 2012, Waters et al., 2012). We also noted that Cu supply interacts with ferric-chelate reductase activity (Waters and Armbrust, 2013).
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Current research opportunities for postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and
undergraduates are posted on the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture website.