• How Fungi Make Nutrients Available to the World

    A recent article by the US Department of Energy reviews research and breakthroughs in biotechnology related to the conversion of woody biomass residues to useful bioproducts and biofuels. Professor Barry Goodell’s research in the UMass Microbiology department is discussed along with that of several other leading researchers in the field. Goodell’s work has led to the discovery on a unique, and highly efficient, non-enzymatic mechanism that fungi use to deconstruct wood. Read more »

  • Morita Lab Studies Glycolipid Biosynthesis as a Potential Drug Target

    The American Lung Association recently awarded Dr. Yasu Morita a grant to advance research to identify a protein involved in the production of glycolipids that can be targeted by new drugs. Read more »

  • Applied and Molecular Biotechnology (AMB) Master's Program in its Fifth Year

    The Applied and Molecular Biotechnology Program welcomed its fifth class in Fall 2017. 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

    Lovley Invention Boosts the University's Number of Patents Recorded in One Year

    Derek Lovley, Distinguished University Professor, and Kelly Nevin Lovley, Research Assistant Professor, have developed and licensed a new technology, microbial electrosynthesis, which led the University of Massachusetts to record 62 patents in 2015 which is a record-high for the University. Read more... Read more »

News & Announcements

Microbiology Promotions

September 2019: Dr. Yasu Morita received tenure and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Jeffrey Kane, AMB Lecturer and Advisor, was promoted to Senior Lecturer. Both promotions were effective September 1, 2019.

New Bacterium Discovered by Kristen DeAngelis, Gina Chaput and Researchers

May 2019: Kristen DeAngelis, Gina Chaput, and a group of researchers recently identified and squenced a new lignin-degrading bacterium, Serratia quinivorans 124R. The findings were recently highlighted as a Microbiology Resource Announcement by the American Society of Microbiology. Read more...

Wilmore Webley Awarded Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching

May 2019: Wilmore Webley, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Director of Pre-Med Advising, was one of five University of Massachusetts faculty to receive the Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching. One prize was awarded from each of the five University campuses. The award was established in 2016 by UMass Lowell alumni Rob and Donna Manning to honor UMass professors who excel in teaching and service. Read more...

Olivia Venezia Receives UMass Rising Researcher Award

May 2019: Olivia Venezia, a Microbiology senior, was one of six undergraduates to be presented with the UMass Rising Researcher Award on April 24, 2019. The Rising Researcher program celebrates undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship or creative activity. Read more...

Reuben Shipway Featured in New York Times

April 2019: Dr. Reuben Shipway, who joined the Microbiology Department and Professor Barry Goodell’s Lab as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in April, was recently featured in the New York Times for his research.  Shipway’s discovery of a new marine mollusk species included DNA sequencing of the shipworm mollusks and their bacterial symbionts. Goodell has an ongoing collaboration with Northeastern University researchers, and Shipway’s arrival allows for a continuation of this as the team explores the role of bacterial symbionts in shipworm metabolism. Read more...