Morita Lab Studies Glycolipid Biosynthesis as a Potential Drug Target
Applied and Molecular Biotechnology (AMB) Master's Program in its Fifth 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
January 2018: Yasu Morita, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, received a one year award from the Pittsfield Anti-Tuberculosis Association. The one-year grant was awarded to support Dr. Morita's research project, "Genetic validation of a mycobacterial cell envelope protein LmeA as a target for tuberculosis chemotherapy."
December 2017: Derek Lovley first discovered nanowires in the bacterium Geobacter. Dr. Lovley and a group of researchers at UMass recently discovered unexpected structures of electrically conducting microfilaments or "nanowires" in many other species of bacteria. The discovery was recently reported onling in the International Society of Microbial Ecology Journal. Read more...
November 2017: The research team of Michele Klingbeil, Microbiology, in conjunction with Sam Black and his research team, Veterinary & Animal Sciences, hosted the annual New England Association of Parasitologists Meeting on November 18, 2017, at UMass Amherst.
November 2017: Kathryn Rahlwes, Ph.D. candidate and first author, recently had findings published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Yasu Morita, Kathryn Rahlwes and a team of researchers for the first time have characterized a protein involved in making a glycolipid compound found in the TB cell wall, which is critical for the disease-causing Mycobacterium to become infectious. This discovery is a step towards a new possible anti-TB treatment path. The findings reported in the article, "The cell envelope-associated phospholipid-binding protein LmeA is required for mannan polymerization in mycobacteria," was also featured in several other news outlets: UMass Amherst News, EurekAlert! and MicroNow. Read more...
October 2017: Stephen Rich, Microbiology Professor and Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ) Director, recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Rich will collaborate with a Connecticut-based diagnostics laboratory, L2 Diagnostics of New Haven. Under the collaborative research project, people who have sent B. miyamotoi-positive ticks to the LMZ will be invited to participate in a study and be tested for this pathogen. Read more...