• 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

Warr Named Goldwater Scholar

April 2014: Congratulations to Alyson Warr on being named a Goldwater Scholar.  Ms. Warr is a Microbiology undergraduate in the class of 2015.  The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986 and honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater. The program is designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Alvelo-Maurosa to Represent UMass at CASE Workshop

March 2014:  Jesús Alvelo-Maurosa, a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Microbiology, has been selected to represent UMass at the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop to be held in Washington DC in late March 2014.  The workshop is being offered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is sponsored by a number of scientific societies and organizations to provide the opportunity for graduate and upper-class undergraduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines to learn about science policy and advocacy.  Read more...

Microbiology Remembers Vyacheslav “Slav” Yanyuk
Photo of Vyacheslav Yanyuk

February 2014:  The faculty, staff and students of the Microbiology Program are mourning the loss of one of its most talented and admired undergraduates. Vyacheslav “Slav” Yanyuk passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on December 11, 2013. Slav was a Commonwealth College senior in the class of 2014 and a member of Klaus Nüsslein’s Laboratory. Together with Sam Estabrooks, Slav was working on a project testing synthetic antibacterial peptides in a joint venture with Greg Tew’s lab in Polymer Chemistry.  Read more...

LMZ to Provide Tick Testing for the State's First Tick-Borne Disease Network

February 2014:  Dr. Stephen Rich's Laboratory of Medical Zoology will provide tick testing to a network of public health departments in Middlesex, Franklin and Barnstable Counties and Nantucket as part of the  governor’s Community Innovation Challenge Grant program which will aid in forming the state’s first Tick-Borne Disease Network (TBDN).  Read more...

Nevin Receives Grant

January 2014:  Kelly Nevin, Research Associate Professor of Microbiology, has been awarded a Phase I grant from DOE STTR for her research project "Portable Sensor for Detection of Microorganisms in Groundwater."