• Welcome to the First AMB Class!

    In Fall 2013 the Microbiology Department welcomed its first group of students to the newly established Applied Molecular Biotechnology (AMB) Master's Degree Program.  Read more »

  • Plant Based Therapy Being Developed that Can Kill Malaria Parasites

    Plant Based Therapy Being Developed that Can Kill Malaria Parasites

    Ph.D. candidate Mostafa Elfawal 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 »

  • Read more about this image: Griffith laboratory works to decipher bacterial communication

    Griffith laboratory works to decipher bacterial communication

    Research in the Griffith laboratory is focused on understanding how individual bacteria within a population communicate with one another to regulate biological processes as a group. Bacteria have historically been viewed as autonomous organisms; however, it is becoming clear that individual bacteria in a population work in concert to perform a variety of biological processes as a group. 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 »

  • Lopes lab discovers novel regulation of model genes in yeast

    Lopes lab discovers novel regulation of model genes in yeast

    The Lopes lab recently reported novel transcription regulation of two genes, INO1 and PHO5, which are longstanding models for eukaryotic gene regulation. It was well documented that the Ino2p/Ino4p bHLH proteins regulate INO1 transcription in response to inositol. Ameet Shetty discovered that the Cbf1p bHLH protein also regulates INO1 transcription by a mechanism that involves cooperativity with Ino2p/Ino4p and recruitment of a chromatin remodeling complex. Read more »

News & Announcements

News from the Webley Laboratory

July 2014:  The Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research recently awarded Wilmore Webley a one year grant for his project entitled "Deciphering the Role of Human Adenovirus Infection in Obesity and Breast Cancer Risk."

June 2014:  Wilmore Webley was invited to present a guest lecture to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on May 29th at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute, Jamaica Plain, Boston MA.  His presentation entitled “Evaluation of a Gas Vesicle Nanoparticle-based Chlamydia Vaccine: New Hope for The Future?” highlighted the progress his research team has made in developing a Chlamydia vaccine.  Dr. Webley was hosted by Marija PopStefanija and Immunization Epidemiologists from the Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention, Response & Services. In attendance were members of the Infectious Disease Prevention, Response & Services, the MDPH Bureau of Laboratory Sciences, The Massachusetts Food Protection Program and the presentation was linked to satellite regional offices in various regions throughout the state.

May 2014:  Kelly Aldridge, student researcher in the laboratory of Wilmore Webley, recently presented a poster entitled "From Sneeze to Wheeze:  Hunting for Asthmagenic Microbes" at the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston, Massachusetts.  Ms. Aldridge's poster was selected for a press release by ASM.

Applied Molecular Biotechnology Program a Big Success

June 2014:  The Department of Microbiology's new accelerated one-year Applied Molecular Biotechnology Master's program has concluded its first academic year having placed 100 percent of its students into summer internships at biotechnology firms.  Read more...

Postdoctoral Researcher Receives Career Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund

June 2014:  Nikhil Malvankar, a postoctoral researcher with UMass faculty members Derek Lovley (Microbiology) and Mark Tuominen (Physics), has received a five-year, $500,000, career award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.  The career award is designed to assist in advancing postdoctoral researchers into faculty positions.  Read more...

Lovley Among Eight UMass Researchers to be Named 'Highly Cited Researchers 2014'

June 2014:  Derek Lovley was among eight UMass researchers to be named "Highly Cited Researchers 2014" by Thomson Reuters for contributing publications that are considered the most influential in their respective fields.  The eight named are all faculty in the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst:  Eric Decker, David Julian McClements, Yeonhwa Park, all of food science; Vincent Rotello, chemistry; Thomas Russell, polymer science and engineering, Baoshan Xing, environmental soil and chemistry; Derek Lovley, microbiology, and space scientist Mauro Giavaliso, astronomy.  Read more...

Tick Talk: What You Can Do About Lyme Disease

Stephen Rich, Microbiology Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, will be a panelist at a community forum exploring the prevalence of Lyme disease as well as prevention and treatment on June 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at JFK Middle School on Bridge Road in Florence.