Past News & Announcements

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Holden Receives NASA Research Grant

September 2018: Jim Holden, Professor and Microbiology Department Head, has received a three-year grant from NASA to develop spectroscopy techniques to detect evidence of life beyond Earth. He will work with mineralogist Darby Dyar at Mount Holyoke College on the three-year project. Read more...

Morita Awarded NIH Grant

September 2018: Yasu Morita, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, has been awarded a two-year award from the NIH for a research project, "Membrane Domain Dynamicc in Mycobacterium tuberculosis."

Kristen DeAngelis and Gina Chaput Receive Award from DOE

August 2018: Dr. Kristen DeAngelis and Ph.D. candidate, Gina Chaput, have received an in-kind award from the DOE Environmental Molecular Science Laboratories. Entitled "Iron Chelator-Mediated Biotransformation of Lignin by Novel sp., Tolumonas lignolytica BRL6-1, in Anoxic Conditions,” this award has the estimated value equal to $59,236.00 and will provide equipment and analyses for Gina’s dissertation. Gina is currently studying how the bacteria Tolumonas lignolytica BRL6-1 modifies plant material known as lignin under conditions that lack oxygen. These analyses will allow her to look at compounds produced by BRL6-1 specifically in response to lignin as well as detect changes to the lignin structure over time. 

Goodell & Jellison Paper Cited for 'Outstanding Results'

July 2018: Microbiology Professor, Barry Goodell and Center for Agriculture Director, Jody Jellison, and other researchers recently had their paper chosen as one of the "outstanding results" in its area. The paper, “Synchrotron-based X-ray fluorescence microscopy enables multiscale spatial visualization of ions involved in fungal lignocellulose deconstruction,” appeared in Scientific Reports and will be abstracted in Argonne National Laboratory's annual report for 2018. Read more...

Kristen DeAngelis Receives NSF CAREER Grant

July 2018: Kristen DeAngelis, Associate Professor of Microbiology, received a five year CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation for her project, "Soil Microbial Ecology and Evolution in a Warming World."