Honors Program

University Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Ranjan Chakraborty

Thesis Professor Department

Health Sciences

Thesis Reader(s)

Karen Kornweibel, Sean Fox


Iron is a vital nutrient for the maintenance of enzymatic function, electron transport, DNA synthesis, and other metabolic processes. Thus, bacteria and other microorganisms cope with iron deficiency by secreting high-affinity iron chelators called siderophores. This investigation aimed to characterize siderophore-producing soil bacteria. The soil provides the most complex ecological environment where one can look for promising siderophores to be used for treating either iron overload conditions or to be used as an antibiotic carrier.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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