• Morita Lab Studies Glycolipid Biosynthesis as a Potential Drug Target

    The American Lung Association recently awarded Dr. Yasu Morita a grant to advance research to identify a protein involved in the production of glycolipids that can be targeted by new drugs. Read more »

  • Applied and Molecular Biotechnology (AMB) Master's Program in its Fourth Year

    The Applied and Molecular Biotechnology Program welcomed its fourth class in Fall 2016. Read more »

  • DeAngelis Lab Studies Climate Change and Its Affects on Soil Microbial Communities

    One of several research projects underway in Kristen DeAngelis' Molecular Microbial Ecology Lab is the study of how long-term climate warming affects microbial feedbacks to climate change. Read more »

  • Holden Studies Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents in Northeastern Pacific

    One of the many research projects currently underway in the Holden Laboratory is the study of geomicrobiology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents along the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the northeastern Pacific Ocean. Read more »

  • Derek Lovley

    Lovley Invention Boosts the University's Number of Patents Recorded in One Year

    Derek Lovley, Distinguished University Professor, and Kelly Nevin Lovley, Research Assistant Professor, have developed and licensed a new technology, microbial electrosynthesis, which led the University of Massachusetts to record 62 patents in 2015 which is a record-high for the University. Read more... Read more »

News & Announcements

Microbiologists Discover More Bacteria with Electrically Conducting Microfilaments

December 2017: Derek Lovley first discovered nanowires in the bacterium Geobacter. Dr. Lovley and a group of researchers at UMass recently discovered unexpected structures of electrically conducting microfilaments or "nanowires" in many other species of bacteria. The discovery was recently reported onling in the International Society of Microbial Ecology Journal. Read more...

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...