• 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

    Derek Lovley Named AAAS Fellow

    Derek Lovley, Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, has been named a fellow of the American Associate for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Two other UMass faculty members, Deputy Chancellor Robert S. Feldman and Professor Jeffrey D. Blaustein, were also named AAAS fellows. Read more »

  • Plant Based Therapy Being Developed that Can Kill Malaria Parasites

    Plant Based Therapy Being Developed that Can Kill Malaria Parasites

    Mostafa Elfawal, Postdoctoral Research Associate, works with Stephen Rich on a novel whole plant based artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) that is effective in killing malaria parasites and actually slows the rate of evolution of parasite drug resistance. Read more »

  • Morita lab investigates the molecular mechanisms of mycobacterial pathogenesis

    Morita lab investigates mechanisms of mycobacterial pathogenesis

    The Morita lab focuses its research on the cell wall biogenesis in mycobacteria. Components of cell wall and underlying plasma membrane are important virulence determinants, and Dr. Morita’s group has published a series of papers delineating the complex pathways that govern the biosynthesis of phosphatidylinositol-based glycolipids such as phosphatidylinositol mannosides, lipomannan, and lipoarabinomannan. Read more »

News & Announcements

Graduate Student Receives Dissertation Research Grants

April 2015:  Jonathan Miller, Microbiology Ph.D. candidate, has been awarded a Dissertation Research Grant through the University of Massachusetts Graduate School.  The purpose of the grants are to provide funding for expenses incurred in connection with the student’s doctoral dissertation research.  Read more...

Giffen Named Goldwater Scholar

April 2015: Congratulations to Samantha Giffen on being named a Goldwater Scholar. Ms. Giffen is a double Public Health and Microbiology major in the Class of 2016. The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater. The program is designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Ms. Giffen was one of four UMass students named Goldwater Scholars. Read more...

Microbiology Graduate Student Awarded Robinson Scholarship

March 2015: Gina Chaput, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Microbiology, has been selected as a recipient of the Edith Robinson Scholarship. The Edith Robinson Scholarship, given by the UMass Graduate School from the bequest of Edith Robinson, is for a continuing graduate student from Vermont or New Hampshire who is studying health, the environment, or psychology. Ms. Chaput is a second year graduate student in the research laboratory of Dr. Kristen DeAngelis.

New Addition to the Microbiology Faculty

January 2015: UMass Microbiology welcomes M. Sloan Siegrist as an Assistant Professor to its faculty. Dr. Siegrist received her Ph.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health and was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California Berkeley and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Siegrist's research focuses on the cell wall of intracellular pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Listeria monocytogenes.

Webley Named Director of Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising

January 2015:  Effective January 1, 2015, Wilmore Webley, Associate Professor of Microbiology, has been named the Director of Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Dr. Webley will advise approximately 1,500 undergraduates as they explore careers in the health fields. Read more...