UMass Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Institute for Cellular Engineering



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Elsbeth Walker
Associate Professor, Biology
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-0861

Plant Metabolic Engineering
My lab is conducting two distinct research projects. In the first project, we are investigating the mechanisms that control the uptake and homeostasis of iron. This project has important implications both for our basic understanding of these mechanisms, and also for our ability to manipulate the iron content of particular plant parts as a means of improving the iron nutritional quality of food. In the second project, we are using molecular approaches to discover genes involved in production of paclitaxel (generic name for Taxol™ - Bristol-Myers Squibb). Genes discovered during this project will improve our ability to supply sufficient quantities of paclitaxel to the


Research Interest

Potential Application

Iron uptake and homeostasis

Improve iron nutritional quality of food

Paclitaxel biosynthesis

Increase supply of paclitaxel 





University of Massachusetts
Institute for Cellular Engineering
686 North Pleasant Street
159 Goessmann Laboratory
Amherst, MA 01003