Erin Connolly

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Department Head and Professor, Plant Science

Current estimates indicate that ~3 billion people suffer from iron deficiency and plant foods serve as the principal source of iron for most people. In addition, ~30% of the world's soils are considered iron-limiting for plant growth. Improving iron uptake and partitioning in plants could therefore have dramatic effects on plant and human health. Research in the Connolly Lab focuses on the molecular mechanisms of micronutrient uptake and trafficking in plants. We are particularly interested in the mechanisms that underlie the delivery of iron to mitochondria and chloroplasts. In addition, we have a long-term goal of elucidating the mechanisms that function to maintain iron homeostasis in plants.

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Recent Publications

Elective cancer surgery in COVID-19-free surgical pathways during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: An international, multicenter, comparative cohort study

COVIDSurg Collaborative, Jan 1 2021, In: Journal of Clinical Oncology. 39, 1, p. 66-78 13 p.

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Species-specific duplication event associated with elevated levels of nonstructural carbohydrates in Sorghum bicolor

Brenton, Z. W., Juengst, B. T., Cooper, E. A., Myers, M. T., Jordan, K. E., Dale, S. M., Glaubitz, J. C., Wang, X., Boyles, R. E., Connolly, E. L. & Kresovich, S., May 1 2020, In: G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. 10, 5, p. 1511-1520 10 p.

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Alteration of iron responsive gene expression in Arabidopsis glutaredoxin S17 loss of function plants with or without iron stress

Cheng, N., Yu, H., Rao, X., Park, S., Connolly, E. L., Hirschi, K. D. & Nakata, P. A., Jun 2 2020, In: Plant signaling & behavior. 15, 6, p. 1758455 1 p.

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Mitochondrial Iron Transporters (MIT1 and MIT2) Are Essential for Iron Homeostasis and Embryogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana

Jain, A., Dashner, Z. S. & Connolly, E. L., Nov 25 2019, In: Frontiers in Plant Science. 10, 1449.

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Directing iron transport in dicots: regulation of iron acquisition and translocation

Jeong, J., Merkovich, A., Clyne, M. & Connolly, E. L., Oct 2017, In: Current Opinion in Plant Biology. 39, p. 106-113 8 p.

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Arabidopsis glutaredoxin S17 contributes to vegetative growth, mineral accumulation, and redox balance during iron deficiency

Yu, H., Yang, J., Shi, Y., Donelson, J., Thompson, S. M., Sprague, S., Roshan, T., Wang, D. L., Liu, J., Park, S., Nakata, P. A., Connolly, E. L., Hirschi, K. D., Grusak, M. A. & Cheng, N., Jun 19 2017, In: Frontiers in Plant Science. 8, 1045.

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Integration of experiments across diverse environments identifies the genetic determinants of variation in sorghum bicolor seed element composition

Shakoor, N., Ziegler, G., Dilkes, B. P., Brenton, Z., Boyles, R., Connolly, E. L., Kresovich, S. & Baxter, I., Apr 2016, In: Plant physiology. 170, 4, p. 1989-1998 10 p.

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The diverse roles of FRO family metalloreductases in iron and copper homeostasis

Jain, A., Wilson, G. T. & Connolly, E. L., Mar 21 2014, In: Frontiers in Plant Science. 5, MAR, 100.

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Mitochondrial iron transport and homeostasis in plants

Jain, A. & Connolly, E. L., Sep 6 2013, In: Frontiers in Plant Science. 4, SEP, 348.

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Running a little late: Chloroplast Fe status and the circadian clock

Wilson, G. T. & Connolly, E. L., Feb 20 2013, In: EMBO Journal. 32, 4, p. 490-492 3 p.

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