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News & Announcements
June 2018: Corelle Rokicki (Microbiology Class of 2018) was selected as a recipient of the Outstanding Abstract Award from the ASM Microbe 2018 conference, which was held in Atlanta from June 7-11. She is one of 64 recipients selected from more than 3000 abstracts presented at the conference. Her abstract title was "Fluorescence imaging-based discovery of membrane domain-associated proteins in Mycobacterium smegmatis". Corelle Rokicki presented results of her undergraduate work with Dr. Yasu Morita. Ms. Rokicki will continue her study with Dr. Morita as a Fifth Year Master's student in Fall 2018.
May 2018: Thomas Lessie, former Professor of Microbiology, passed away on May 5, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Lessie joined the Microbiology faculty at the University of Massachusetts in 1968. Dr. Lessie taught bacterial physiology in the Department until his retirement from the University in 2002. He was an exceptional teacher. In his honor, the Microbiology Graduate Students of the time established an annual award for teaching excellence. His research focused on the molecular genetics and bacterial physiology of strains of Pseudomonas and Burkholderia. Read more...
May 2018: Dhanya Kumar, Microbiology Class of 2018, was one of 14 recipients of a Fulbright grant for 2018-2019. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as a record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields. Ms. Kumar will travel to the United Kingdom to pursue a master’s degree in biological sciences at the University of London’s Institute of Cardiovascular Research. Read more...
May 2018: Congratulations to all members of the Microbiology graduating class of 2018! Graduation for undegraduate degree recipients was celebrated on Friday, May 11, and a separate College of Natural Sciences graduation held on Saturday, May 12. Graduate degree recipients received their degrees at the UMass Graduate School Commencement also held on Friday. Among the recipients of graduate degrees was Begum Topcuoglu, who received her Ph.D.
May 2018: The cost of testing a tick usually costs $50 - $200 at the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ) but due to a $100,000 CDC grant, the cost has been slashed to just $15 for Massachusetts residents. Ticks can be mailed to the LMZ for testing where Dr. Stephen Rich and his team of researchers extract the tick's DNA and test if for pathogens. Results are usually received within 24 - 72 hours. Read more...