Past News & Announcements

Please visit our home page to see current news and announcements.

Ghoshal Three Minute Thesis Finalist

March 2020: Microbiology Ph.D. candidate, Mrinalini Ghoshal, is a finalist in the UMass Graduate School's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Of the 40 preliminary round participants in the competition, 10 were selected as finalists. The 3MT campus final will be held on Friday, February 28th, 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the Old Chapel. Finalists will also present their research to the broader community at the 3MT Community Day at the Amherst Jones Library on Saturday, March 28th, 3-4pm.

Dirty Little Secrets

February 2020:  Western Mass News recently met up with Dr. Erika Hamilton, Director of Microbiology Teaching Services, to discover what bacteria live and grow on every day items that we use such as water bottles, purses and gas pumps. Read more...

In another segment on Western Mass News, Dr. Hamilton tested makeup for bacteria that customers sampled in stores. Read more...

Nevin and Lovley Named Highly Cited Researchers

December 2019: Kelly Nevin and Derek Lovley have been recognized for being among the world’s most highly cited researchers in 2019 by London-based Clarivate Analytics, owner of the Web of Science. The citation analysis identifies influential researchers as determined by their peers around the world. Read more...



Mrinalini Ghoshal Receives Award for Presentation
Photo of Mrinalini Ghoshal

November 2019: Mrinalini (Mira) Ghoshal, 3rd-year PhD candidate in the Microbiology Department received the 1st Prize Award for the Best Oral Presentation at the 9th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium. The Symposium was held at the UMass-Amherst Campus on November 22, 2019.  The title of Mira’s presentation was: “Exploring the role of low molecular weight metabolites in the formation of host brain lesions during Cryptococcus neoformans infection”.  Cryptococcus is an important fungal disease problem that kills 181,000 people each year, and Mira is exploring a new mode for the way the fungus attacks the brain. Her research is conducted in collaboration with her advisor, Professor Barry Goodell in the Microbiology Department.

Lovley Team Recipient of Manning/IALS Seed Grant

October 2019: Derek Lovley and his group of researchers were one of six teams to be named recipients of the first Manning/IALS Seed Grants for their project  “Fabricating Protein Nanowires for Unique Sensing Capabilities”.  Alumnus Paul Manning and his wife, Diane, committed $1 million through their family foundation to establish the Manning Innovation Program. Read more...

Derek Lovley's research on electroactive bacteria was recently featured in the New York Times.