• Morita Lab Studies Glycolipid Biosynthesis as a Potential Drug Target

    The American Lung Association recently awarded Dr. Yasu Morita a grant to advance research to identify a protein involved in the production of glycolipids that can be targeted by new drugs. Read more »

  • Applied and Molecular Biotechnology (AMB) Master's Program in its Fourth Year

    The Applied and Molecular Biotechnology Program welcomed its fourth class in Fall 2016. Read more »

  • DeAngelis Lab Studies Climate Change and Its Affects on Soil Microbial Communities

    One of several research projects underway in Kristen DeAngelis' Molecular Microbial Ecology Lab is the study of how long-term climate warming affects microbial feedbacks to climate change. Read more »

  • Holden Studies Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents in Northeastern Pacific

    One of the many research projects currently underway in the Holden Laboratory is the study of geomicrobiology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents along the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the northeastern Pacific Ocean. Read more »

  • Derek Lovley

    Lovley Invention Boosts the University's Number of Patents Recorded in One Year

    Derek Lovley, Distinguished University Professor, and Kelly Nevin Lovley, Research Assistant Professor, have developed and licensed a new technology, microbial electrosynthesis, which led the University of Massachusetts to record 62 patents in 2015 which is a record-high for the University. Read more... Read more »

News & Announcements

Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium 2017

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...

Hamilton Promoted to Senior Lecturer II

August 2016: Dr. Erika Hamilton, Lecturer and Director of Microbiology Teaching Services, has been promoted to Senior Lecturer II effective September 1, 2016. 

Morita Awarded American Lung Association Grant

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."  

Klingbeil Awarded Grant from the National Institutes of Health

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."

Researchers Design Synthetic Bacteria which Produce Nanowires with High Conductivity

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...