• 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

National Philanthropy Day 2016

November 2016: On National Philanthropy Day we thank all of our donors for the generosity and continued commitment to our Department and its programs.

6th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium

September 2016: The 6th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will feature research talks throughout the day and a poster session from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

After-School Science Club Studies Bacteria on Apples

September 2016: Seventh grade students in Amherst Regional Middle School's after-school science club recently studied apples and the method their cafeteria uses to handle and prepare the apples for school lunches. For more than four months students collected data and preliminary findings showed that washing and refrigerating apples is the best way to reduce bacteria. The cafeteria workers' method of preparing the fruit was to wash each apple and place them in individual plastic bags. Yasu Morita, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, and Anastasia Naritsin, and undergraduate researcher, provided the students with guidance in lifting bacteria from the apples and placing it on to petri plates to monitor the growth of bacteria and additionally determine what types of apples had more bacteria. Read more...

DeAngelis Awarded Department of Energy Grants

September 2016: Kristen DeAngelis, Assistant Professor in Microbiology, has been awarded two grants from the Department of Energy to study microbial feedbacks to climate in a warming world. The first is a three-year award from the DOE Genomic Sciences (GS) Program, entitled "The Who and How of Microbial Control over Soil Carbon Dynamics: a Multi–omics, Stable Isotope, and Modeling Approach.” The second is a two-year award from the DOE Terrestrial Ecosystem Sciences (TES) Program, entitled "Resolving Conflicting Physical and Biochemical Feedbacks to Climate in Response to Long-Term Warming". These complementary projects both examine microbial carbon use efficiency and availability as possible sources of climate-altered feedbacks to warming, by studying Harvard Forest soils exposed to 25 years of warming along with bacterial and fungal culture collections from these soils. Dr. DeAngelis is the PI for both, with co-investigators at UMass, Hampshire College, UNH, Argonne National Lab, and Marine Biological Labs. 

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...