Morita Lab Studies Glycolipid Biosynthesis as a Potential Drug Target
Applied and Molecular Biotechnology (AMB) Master's Program in its Fourth Year
DeAngelis Lab Studies Climate Change and Its Affects on Soil Microbial Communities
Holden Studies Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents in Northeastern Pacific
Lovley Invention Boosts the University's Number of Patents Recorded in One Year
News & Announcements
November 2016: On National Philanthropy Day we thank all of our donors for the generosity and continued commitment to our Department and its programs.
September 2016: The 6th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will feature research talks throughout the day and a poster session from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
September 2016: Seventh grade students in Amherst Regional Middle School's after-school science club recently studied apples and the method their cafeteria uses to handle and prepare the apples for school lunches. For more than four months students collected data and preliminary findings showed that washing and refrigerating apples is the best way to reduce bacteria. The cafeteria workers' method of preparing the fruit was to wash each apple and place them in individual plastic bags. Yasu Morita, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, and Anastasia Naritsin, and undergraduate researcher, provided the students with guidance in lifting bacteria from the apples and placing it on to petri plates to monitor the growth of bacteria and additionally determine what types of apples had more bacteria. Read more...
September 2016: Kristen DeAngelis, Assistant Professor in Microbiology, has been awarded two grants from the Department of Energy to study microbial feedbacks to climate in a warming world. The first is a three-year award from the DOE Genomic Sciences (GS) Program, entitled "The Who and How of Microbial Control over Soil Carbon Dynamics: a Multi–omics, Stable Isotope, and Modeling Approach.” The second is a two-year award from the DOE Terrestrial Ecosystem Sciences (TES) Program, entitled "Resolving Conflicting Physical and Biochemical Feedbacks to Climate in Response to Long-Term Warming". These complementary projects both examine microbial carbon use efficiency and availability as possible sources of climate-altered feedbacks to warming, by studying Harvard Forest soils exposed to 25 years of warming along with bacterial and fungal culture collections from these soils. Dr. DeAngelis is the PI for both, with co-investigators at UMass, Hampshire College, UNH, Argonne National Lab, and Marine Biological Labs.
August 2016: Mark your calendars -- the Microbiology Pioneer Valley Symposium will be held on January 14, 2017 at UMass Amherst. Keynote speakers include Dr. Jessica Schiffman from UMass Amherst, Dr. Timothy F. Kowalik from UMass Medical School and Dr. Jonathan Klassen from UConn. Registration will begin on September 25, 2016. The mission of the Symposium is to bring together microbiology enthusiasts from the Pioneer Valley and showcase the diverse areas of microbiology through faculty and students talks and a poster session. The Symposium is open to all levels of microbiology research. Read more...