Nabila Riaz

Ph.D. student - Guerinot Lab

I am a graduate student in Mary Lou Guerinot's lab in the Biological Sciences Ph.D. program. I received a B.S. in Biology from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan, in 2015. I received my master's degree in plant sciences from the University of Bonn, Germany in 2017. I am studying the regulation of iron homeostasis and abiotic stress adaptations in plants. Iron is an essential micronutrient for both plants and animals and is used in many biochemical processes. In humans, iron deficiency causes anemia, the most prevalent nutritional disorder. Most people rely on plant-based foods as their major source of iron, but plants are a poor source of dietary iron. I hope that my research can clarify the molecular mechanisms regulating Fe homeostasis to improve global crop production. Presently, I am an EE Just Graduate Student Fellow (2021present). I am also an Ambassador for the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) program. Outside of the lab, I enjoy kayaking, hiking, and baking cakes. I am originally from Pakistan and believe that my experiences as an international student have given me insight into the importance of exchanging ideas, and I am looking forward to opportunities to build a diverse and inclusive community in STEM. 


Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center, 305


  • M.S. University of Bonn, Germany
  • B.S. Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan

Selected Publications

  • Akmakjian GZ, Riaz N, Guerinot ML. "Photoprotection during Iron Deficiency Is Mediated by the bHLH Transcription Factors Pye and ILR3." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 118, no. 40, 2021, doi:10.1073/pnas.2024918118. 

    Nabila Riaz, Mary Lou Guerinot. All together now: regulation of the iron deficiency response, Journal of Experimental Botany, Volume 72, Issue 6, 17 March 2021, Pages 2045–2055,