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

    The Applied and Molecular Biotechnology Program welcomed its third class in Fall 2015. Read more »

  • 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

    Lovley Named Highly Cited Researcher for 2015

    Derek Lovley, Distinguished University Professor, was one of seven faculty members from the College of Natural Sciences at UMass identified by Thomson Reuters as Highly Cited Researchers for 2015 for authoring publications that are among the most influential in their fields. 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 »

News & Announcements

Are You a Valley Microbe?

December 2015: The Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the Integrated Sciences Building at UMass Amherst. Come and present your research to the microbial community in the Valley! The deadline for abstracts is October 30. The Symposium is cosponsored by the UMass College of Natural Sciences and Departments of Biology, Food Science, Microbiology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Veterinary & Animal Sciences; Smith College; Mt. Holyoke College; NE Biolabs; Illumina; Thermo Fisher Scientific and the American Society for Microbiology.  Read more...

DeAngelis Discovers New Species of Bacteria
November 2015: Kristen DeAngelis and former Microbiology graduate student, Andrew Billings, discovered and characterized a new species of Tolumonas, named Tolumonas lignolytica sp. nov. Also the type strain for this new species, this bacteria is of interest due to its ability to degrade lignin under anaerobic conditions. Research into this and other related strains is ongiong to improve the efficiency of lignocelulosic biofuels in collaboration with the Joint BioEnergy Institute and the Department of Energy. The findings were recently reported in Standards in Genomic Sciences.
Inauguration Speech of UMass President Martin Meehan Features Wilmore Webley

November 2015: On November 12, Martin T. Meehan was inaugurated as President of the University of Massachusetts. During his inaugural speech, President Meehan made reference to Microbiology Professor and Director of Pre-Medical advising, Wilmore Webley. Watch the video...

Stewart Receives Rutherford Foundation Trust Post-Doctoral Fellowship

November 2015: Lucy Stewart, Ph.D., a graduate of the UMass Microbiology Ph.D. program was recently awarded the prestigious Rutherford Foundation Trust Post-Doctoral Fellowship by the Royal Society of New Zealand. The Trust aims to develop the skills of New Zealand’s most promising young researchers by providing them with early career support. Read more...

Massachusetts Towns Support UMass Amherst Tick Testing Program

November 2015: The Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is partnering with a group of Massachusetts towns to offer tick testing services at a cost of $30 per tick to the town. Under this co-pay model of tick testing, 100 residents from each of the participating towns will pay a co-pay of $10-$15 per test. Participating towns include all of Barnstable County along with six towns from Franklin County: Charlemont, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Leyden and Shelburne. In June a one-time state subsidy ended which paid for 100 ticks being tested from each of 32 participating towns. Read more...