• DeAngelis Lab Studies Climate Change and Its Affects on Soil Microbial Communities

    One of several research projects underway in Kristen DeAngelis' Molecular Microbial Ecology Lab is the study of how long-term climate warming affects microbial feedbacks to climate change. Read more »

  • Holden Studies Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents in Northeastern Pacific

    One of the many research projects currently underway in the Holden Laboratory is the study of geomicrobiology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents along the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the northeastern Pacific Ocean. Read more »

  • Derek Lovley

    Derek Lovley Named AAAS Fellow

    Derek Lovley, Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, has been named a fellow of the American Associate for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Two other UMass faculty members, Deputy Chancellor Robert S. Feldman and Professor Jeffrey D. Blaustein, were also named AAAS fellows. Read more »

  • Plant Based Therapy Being Developed that Can Kill Malaria Parasites

    Plant Based Therapy Being Developed that Can Kill Malaria Parasites

    Mostafa Elfawal, Postdoctoral Research Associate, works with Stephen Rich on a novel whole plant based artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) that is effective in killing malaria parasites and actually slows the rate of evolution of parasite drug resistance. Read more »

  • Morita lab investigates the molecular mechanisms of mycobacterial pathogenesis

    Morita lab investigates mechanisms of mycobacterial pathogenesis

    The Morita lab focuses its research on the cell wall biogenesis in mycobacteria. Components of cell wall and underlying plasma membrane are important virulence determinants, and Dr. Morita’s group has published a series of papers delineating the complex pathways that govern the biosynthesis of phosphatidylinositol-based glycolipids such as phosphatidylinositol mannosides, lipomannan, and lipoarabinomannan. Read more »

News & Announcements

New Addition to the Microbiology Faculty

January 2015: UMass Microbiology welcomes Sloan Siegrist as an Assistant Professor to its faculty. Dr. Siegrist received her Ph.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health and was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California Berkeley and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Siegrist's research focuses on the cell wall of intracellular pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Listeria monocytogenes.

Webley Named Director of Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising

January 2015:  Effective January 1, 2015, Wilmore Webley, Associate Professor of Microbiology, has been named the Director of Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Dr. Webley will advise approximately 1,500 undergraduates as they explore careers in the health fields.

Stewart Paper Recognized at AGU Meeting

January 2015: Lucy Stewart, Microbiology Ph.D. candidate, was recognized with an Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA) in Biogeosciences at the American Geophysical Union Fall meeting held in San Francisco in December 2014.

Korobkova Receives Joel Goldenberg Memorial Scholarship

January 2015: Luiza Korobkova, Microbiology Class of 2015, has received the Joel Goldenberg Memorial Scholarship from the Boston Area Chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). ISPE is a non-profit, professional society serving the life sciences industry, including college and university students preparing to entr related fields. The scholarship program was established to honor the memory of Boston Area Chapter Past President Joel Goldenberg.

Whole Plant Therapy Shows Potential in Fighting the Malaria Parasite

January 2015: In the fight against malaria, Stephen Rich and a team of researchers from UMass and Worcester Polytechnic Institute have found using the whole plant from Artemisia annua resists and remains effective for up to three times longer than the pure drug artemisinin, the current pharmaceutical drug used to treat malaria.  Details of the research team's findings have been reported this week in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more...

These recent findings by Dr. Rich's research team were also featured in the New York Times. Read more...