Morita Lab Studies Glycolipid Biosynthesis as a Potential Drug Target
Applied and Molecular Biotechnology (AMB) Master's Program in its Fourth Year
DeAngelis Lab Studies Climate Change and Its Affects on Soil Microbial Communities
Holden Studies Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents in Northeastern Pacific
Lovley Invention Boosts the University's Number of Patents Recorded in One Year
News & Announcements
August 2016: Mark your calendars -- the Microbiology Pioneer Valley Symposium will be held on January 14, 2017 at UMass Amherst. Keynote speakers include Dr. Jessica Schiffman from UMass Amherst, Dr. Timothy F. Kowalik from UMass Medical School and Dr. Jonathan Klassen from UConn. Registration will begin on September 25, 2016. The mission of the Symposium is to bring together microbiology enthusiasts from the Pioneer Valley and showcase the diverse areas of microbiology through faculty and students talks and a poster session. The Symposium is open to all levels of microbiology research. Read more...
August 2016: Dr. Erika Hamilton, Lecturer and Director of Microbiology Teaching Services, has been promoted to Senior Lecturer II effective September 1, 2016.
August 2016: Yasu Morita, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, has been awarded a one year grant from the American Lung Association for his research project "Cell wall biogenesis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: towards identifying druggable cell envelope."
July 2016: Michele Klingbeil, Associate Professor of Microbiology, has received a two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health for her research project "Revealing the Trypanosome DNA Replication Machinery using iPOND."
July 2016: A group of researchers led by Derek Lovley have developed a synthetic bacteria made from non-toxic, natural amino acids. The findings were reported in the current issue of Small. The synthetic bacteria produces extremely thin and highly conductive wires which have many potential applications in electronic devices to function as wires, transistors and capacitors in biocompatible sensors, computing devices and components of solar panels. As the researchers learned more about microbial nanowires they took the design a step further and rearranged amino acids to insert trytophan, an amino acid commonly know to cause drowsiness, and the results exceeded their expectations as the nanowires conductivity greatly increased. Read more...