Past News & Announcements

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Microbiology Seniors in Innovation Challenge MinutePitch Competition

December 2013:  Clarissa Ronzio and Dennis Morgan recently shared third place in Amherst's Innovation Challenge Fall Minutepitch competition.  The team had one minute to pitch their business ideas about their development, Clearocin, which uses bacteria to fight acne.  Read more...

Microbiology Majors in the UMass Marching Band
5 Microbiology majors members of UMass Marching Band: Pat Conboy, Meghan Falvey, Adam Lerman (not pictured), Jonathon McHatton, and Clarissa Ronzio

November 2013:  Five Microbiology majors are also members of the UMass Marching Band:  Pat Conboy, Meghan Falvey, Adam Lerman (not pictured), Jonathon McHatton, and Clarissa Ronzio. These students recently returned from New York City where they performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Congratulations on a fine performance!

In Honor of Our Veterans

November 2013:  Microbiology recognizes the following Department members who have served in the military:  Michael Azevedo, William Mohn, Alexander Koehler and Daniel Winn.  We are thankful for their sacrifice and service to our country!

Jesús Alvelo Provides Insight into A. baumannii Outbreak

November 2013:  Graduate student Jesús G. Alvelo-Maurosa provided insight regarding an Acinetobacter baumannii outbreak in a hospital in Puerto Rico for the newspaper El Nuevo Dia. Infections caused by A. baumannii are notorious for complicating treatment of U.S. soldiers following traumatic injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the newspaper article, Alvelo-Maurosa provided an analysis of a CDC report and explained how resistance of A. baumannii bacteria to multiple antibiotics results in serious infections in civilian hospitals as well as in combat zones. The article was cited by multiple high-profile online news sites in Puerto Rico. In a second unrelated article in Mi Puerto Rico Verde, an online environmental news site, Alvelo-Maurosa explained the benefits of using trash and microbial communities to produce biogas as a way to tackle the expensive costs of energy production on tropical islands such as Puerto Rico.

Life Sciences Laboratory Opens Its Doors

November 2013: Phase I of the the newly constructed Life Sciences Laboratory at UMass opened its doors in September.  Four Microbiology faculty and their lab groups are part of research clusters which are now housed in the Life Sciences Laboratory:  Kristen DeAngelis, Michele Klingbeil, Yasu Morita and Wilmore Webley.  The state of the art building is now home to faculty from five UMass departments.