• AMB Program a Big Success

    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 »

  • 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

Nature Nanotechnology Reports Findings by Lovley and Colleagues

November 2014:  A collaborative study between Derek Lovley and UMass physicists Nikhil Malvankar, Sibel Ebru Yalcin and Mark Tuominen, provides strong evidence that support their claims that Geobacter produces small electrical wires. This group of researchers confirmed the discovery using EFM, a technique that can show how electrons move through materials.  Their findings were reported in the current issue of Nature Nanotechnology.  Read more...

Lecture by Arthur Allen Featured on November 20

The Department of Microbiology is cosponsoring a lecture by Arthur Allen entitled, “The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis”. Arthur Allen currently editor at Politico’s Pro eHealth, has decades of experience in journalism as a correspondent for The Associated Press. He covered the war in El Salvador for three years and was based in Germany in the 1990s. He is the author of Vaccine (Norton, 2007), a social and scientific history of vaccination, and Ripe (Counterpoint, 2011), a study of tomato breeding, genetics and production. The lectur will take place on November 20 at 4:00 p.m. at the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, 758 North Pleasant Street. Read more...

Lifes Sciences Graduate Research Symposium Features Research of Microbiology Graduate Students

November 2014:  Jennifer Hayashi, Sylvia Rivera-Ferreira and Begum Topcuoglu, Microbiology graduate students, will give research presentations at the University of Massachusetts Fourth Annual Lifes Sciences Graduate Research Symposium on Friday, November 21st, Room 163 Campus Center.

Panel Discussion on the Ebola Epidemic

October 2014:  Wilmore Webley, Associate Professor of Microbiology, moderated a panel discussion on the Ebola Epidemic at the University of Massachusetts on Tuesday, October 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium.  Panel participants included Martha Anker from the UMass School of Public Health and Health Sciences; George Corey, Director/Medical Director at University Health Services; Donna Gallagher, Founding Codirector of the UMass Medical School Office of Global Health and Alpha Kabinet Kaba, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts and a native of Guinea whose family has been impacted by the Ebola outbreak.  Read more...

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.