Past News & Announcements

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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."

Kristen DeAngelis Receives Tenure

June 2018: Kristen DeAngelis, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, has received tenure and will be promoted to the rank of Associate Professor on September 1, 2018.

Corelle Rokicki Receives Award at ASM Microbe 2018 Conference

June 2018: Corelle Rokicki (Microbiology Class of 2018) was selected as a recipient of the Outstanding Abstract Award from the ASM Microbe 2018 conference, which was held in Atlanta from June 7-11. She is one of 64 recipients selected from more than 3000 abstracts presented at the conference. Her abstract title was "Fluorescence imaging-based discovery of membrane domain-associated proteins in Mycobacterium smegmatis". Corelle Rokicki presented results of her undergraduate work with Dr. Yasu Morita. Ms. Rokicki will continue her study with Dr. Morita as a Fifth Year Master's student in Fall 2018.

In Memory of Thomas Lessie, Ph.D.

May 2018: Thomas Lessie, former Professor of Microbiology, passed away on May 5, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Lessie joined the Microbiology faculty at the University of Massachusetts in 1968. Dr. Lessie taught bacterial physiology in the Department until his retirement from the University in 2002. He was an exceptional teacher. In his honor, the Microbiology Graduate Students of the time established an annual award for teaching excellence. His research focused on the molecular genetics and bacterial physiology of strains of Pseudomonas and Burkholderia. Read more...

Dhanya Kumar Awarded Fulbright Grant

May 2018: Dhanya Kumar, Microbiology Class of 2018, was one of 14 recipients of a Fulbright grant for 2018-2019. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as a record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields. Ms. Kumar will travel to the United Kingdom to pursue a master’s degree in biological sciences at the University of London’s Institute of Cardiovascular Research. Read more...