Past News & Announcements

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DeAngelis Discovers New Species of Bacteria
November 2015: Kristen DeAngelis and former Microbiology graduate student, Andrew Billings, discovered and characterized a new species of Tolumonas, named Tolumonas lignolytica sp. nov. Also the type strain for this new species, this bacteria is of interest due to its ability to degrade lignin under anaerobic conditions. Research into this and other related strains is ongiong to improve the efficiency of lignocelulosic biofuels in collaboration with the Joint BioEnergy Institute and the Department of Energy. The findings were recently reported in Standards in Genomic Sciences.
Inauguration Speech of UMass President Martin Meehan Features Wilmore Webley

November 2015: On November 12, Martin T. Meehan was inaugurated as President of the University of Massachusetts. During his inaugural speech, President Meehan made reference to Microbiology Professor and Director of Pre-Medical advising, Wilmore Webley. Watch the video...

Stewart Receives Rutherford Foundation Trust Post-Doctoral Fellowship

November 2015: Lucy Stewart, Ph.D., a graduate of the UMass Microbiology Ph.D. program was recently awarded the prestigious Rutherford Foundation Trust Post-Doctoral Fellowship by the Royal Society of New Zealand. The Trust aims to develop the skills of New Zealand’s most promising young researchers by providing them with early career support. Read more...

Massachusetts Towns Support UMass Amherst Tick Testing Program

November 2015: The Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is partnering with a group of Massachusetts towns to offer tick testing services at a cost of $30 per tick to the town. Under this co-pay model of tick testing, 100 residents from each of the participating towns will pay a co-pay of $10-$15 per test. Participating towns include all of Barnstable County along with six towns from Franklin County: Charlemont, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Leyden and Shelburne. In June a one-time state subsidy ended which paid for 100 ticks being tested from each of 32 participating towns. Read more...

Xu and Rich Discover New Genus and Two Species of Beetles

October 2015: Zootaxa recently reported on the discovery made by Microbiology faculty members, Guang Xu and Stephen Rich, of a new genus and two new species of beetles. Read more... 

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