Office of Undergraduate Research

Purification and characterization of the enzyme octaheme tetrathionate reductase

We are interested in the enzymes that some bacteria use to catalyze ammonia-nitrite interconversion, an ecologically important process. Nitrite reduction to ammonia is normally carried out by enzymes called cytochrome c nitrite reductases" (ccNiRs); however, another enzyme with unknown function called octaheme tetrathionate reductase (OTR) is also capable of catalyzing this reduction. For some of the long-term projects that our research group is involved in we anticipate that OTR will be easier to work with than ccNiR, and generate data that will be easier to interpret.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Data collection and analysis.