News & Announcements
May 2013: Congratulations to the Microbiology Class of 2013! Three members of the Class of 2013 received recognition for their academic accomplishments: Michael Boucher was named a UMass 21st Century Leader for far-ranging achievement, initiative and social awareness; Rebecca Cottman was selected as this year's Microbiology student speaker at the CNS Graduation Ceremony and Benjamin Waldman was chosen as a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.
On Friday, May 10, 2013, the following students from the Microbiology Graduate Program were awarded degrees at the University of Massachusetts Graduate School Commencement: Tawanna Childs, Ph.D.; Jeniffer Concepción, Ph.D.; Shawn Massoni, Ph.D.; Katir Patel, Ph.D.; Timothy Bain, M.S.; Kristina Boguslawski, M.S.; Maria Calapai, M.S.; Robert Delgado, M.S.; Jaclyn Izbicki, M.S.; Devesh Shrestha, M.S. and Megan Strough, M.S.
January 2013: Klaus Nüsslein, Associate Professor of Microbiology, led an international team of microbiologists to investigate the influence of land use change from pristine rain forest to agricultural pasture on soil microbial communities. The research identified a troubling net loss in diversity among the microbial organisms responsible for a functioning ecosystem as a consequence of deforestation. This loss in genetic variation of bacteria could reduce the resilience of the rainforest ecosystem. Research findings have been reported in the current issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and have also been highlighted by the Editor of the journal Science." Read more.
December 2012: Kristen DeAngelis, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, and a group of researchers recently received a $500,000 grant from the Joint Genome Institute at the U.S. Department of Energy to identify soil microbes in Harvard Forest and track how they break down forest litter in a simulated warmer climate. Read more