Past News & Announcements

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Protein Characterized that Could Lead to New Anti-TB Treatment Path

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...

Rich Receives Grant from NIH

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...

In Memory of Martin Wilder, Ph.D.

October 2017: Martin Wilder, Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, passed away on October 6, 2017, in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Wilder joined the Microbiology faculty at the University of Massachusettts in 1968. Dr. Wilder taught medical microbiology and pathogenic bacteriology in the Department until his retirement from the University in 1993. Read more...

Microbiology Club

October 2017: Interested in learning more about Microbiology? Want to connect with other students and Microbiology faculty? Join the Microbiology Club for Undergraduates on October 18 at 6:00 p.m. in 610N of the Life Science Laboratory to learn more. Read more...

Siegrist Receives NIH Grant to study TB

October 2017: Sloan Siegrist has received a five-year, $2.3 million National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award to study the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. New Innovator Awards are designed to support unusually innovative research from early career investigators. Read more...

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