Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Area of expertise:
Bioremediation of chemical contaminants using plants
Heavy-metal accumulation in plants
The research in Jane DeWitt's laboratory focuses on understanding the mechanisms of heavy metal accumulation and transformation in higher plant systems from a chemical and molecular perspective. The goals of this research are to determine the change in speciation (oxidation state, geometry, coordination environment) that occurs upon accumulation of the metals by plants and to identify the biomolecules involved in metal complexation, thus providing insight into mechanisms of heavy metal tolerance in plants.
Ph.D., Chemistry, Stanford University