• 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

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...

Martz Molecular Visualization Resources Widely Used

April 2019: A YouTube video explaining the Ramachandran Principle, posted by Professor Emeritus Eric Martz 9 months ago, has been viewed >5,000 times. Other resources developed by Martz include FirstGlance in Jmol, which provides guided exploration of the 3D structures of macromolecules. It is used hundreds of times a day (>1.5 million uses since 2006). Martz teaches free workshops every June. 

Kathryn Rahlwes Receives Award

February 2019: Kathryn Rahlwes, Microbiology Ph.D. candidate, was awarded the Curtis B. Thorne "Carry On" Award on February 16, 2019. The award was established in 2008 to honor former Microbiology Faculty member Curt Thorne. The graduate student is chosen based on contributions to the Department and their discipline and for serving as a role model to other students. 

Jeffrey Kane Presented with Graduate Student Award

February 2019: On Saturday, February 16, Jeffrey Kane was presented the James F. Holden Distinguished Teaching Award. The award is presented annually by the Microbiology Graduate Student Group to a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Microbiology for excellence in teaching and mentorship of graduate students. Mr. Kane is a Lecturer and Advisor for the Applied and Molecular Biotechnology Master's Program in the Department of Microbiology.

Derek Lovely Named to Highly Cited Researchers List 2018

November 2018: Derek Lovley has been named to the list of Highly Cited Researcher for 2018. The Highly Cited Researchers list recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. Read more...