• 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 »

  • 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 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

Yasu Morita Receives Award from Pittsfield Anti-Tuberculosis Association

January 2018: Yasu Morita, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, received a one year award from the Pittsfield Anti-Tuberculosis Association. The one-year grant was awarded to support Dr. Morita's research project, "Genetic validation of a mycobacterial cell envelope protein LmeA as a target for tuberculosis chemotherapy."

Microbiologists Discover More Bacteria with Electrically Conducting Microfilaments

December 2017: Derek Lovley first discovered nanowires in the bacterium Geobacter. Dr. Lovley and a group of researchers at UMass recently discovered unexpected structures of electrically conducting microfilaments or "nanowires" in many other species of bacteria. The discovery was recently reported onling in the International Society of Microbial Ecology Journal. Read more...

Research Groups Host New England Parasitologists Meeting

November 2017: The research team of Michele Klingbeil, Microbiology, in conjunction with Sam Black and his research team, Veterinary & Animal Sciences, hosted the annual New England Association of Parasitologists Meeting on November 18, 2017, at UMass Amherst.

At the meeting, the Best Poster Award was presented to Jonathan C. Miller, Microbiology Ph.D. candidate, for his poster, “Multiple mechanisms of KDNA maintenance by polymerase IC in Trypanosoma brucei". Stephanie Delzell, Microbiology Graduate Program, was a runner up in the Best Presentation Award category for her talk, “Depletion of mitochondrial DNA polymerases drives life cycle differentiation in Trypanosoma brucei".
Protein Characterized that Could Lead to New Anti-TB Treatment Path

November 2017: Kathryn Rahlwes, Ph.D. candidate and first author, recently had findings published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Yasu Morita, Kathryn Rahlwes and a team of researchers for the first time have characterized a protein involved in making a glycolipid compound found in the TB cell wall, which is critical for the disease-causing Mycobacterium to become infectious. This discovery is a step towards a new possible anti-TB treatment path. The findings reported in the article, "The cell envelope-associated phospholipid-binding protein LmeA is required for mannan polymerization in mycobacteria," was also featured in several other news outlets: UMass Amherst News, EurekAlert! and MicroNow. Read more...

Rich Receives Grant from NIH

October 2017: Stephen Rich, Microbiology Professor and Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ) Director, recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Rich will collaborate with a Connecticut-based diagnostics laboratory, L2 Diagnostics of New Haven. Under the collaborative research project, people who have sent B. miyamotoi-positive ticks to the LMZ will be invited to participate in a study and be tested for this pathogen. Read more...