Past News & Announcements

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Rich Develops New Approach for Treating Malaria
December 2012:  Stephen Rich, Associate Professor of Microbiology, along with Pamela Weathers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Doug Golenbock from the UMass Medical School, have designed a new whole-plant based strategy for treating malaria.  The research development utilizes the plant Artemisia annua which has been used to treat fever in Asia.  Research findings have been reported in the current issue of the journal PLOS ONERead more
DeAngelis and Group of Researchers Receive Grant from the Joint Genome Institute

December 2012:  Kristen DeAngelis, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, and a group of researchers recently received a $500,000 grant from the Joint Genome Institute at the U.S. Department of Energy to identify soil microbes in Harvard Forest and track how they break down forest litter in a simulated warmer climate.  Read more

Burand Receives Grant from Essex County Beekeepers' Association

November 2012:  John Burand, Professor of Microbiology, received a research grant from the Essex County Beekeepers' Association for his project, "Understanding Bee Virus Epizootiology."  ECBA funds grants for researchers who advance the Association's knowledge of honeybees particularly in the state of Massachusetts.

Sandler Receives NIH Grant

November 2012:  Steve Sandler, Professor of Microbiology, received a four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health for his research project "Structure and Function of the Bacterial Primosome. 

Nüsslein Contributes to the Newly Published "Phytotechnologies"

November 2012:  Klaus Nüsslein, Associate Professor of Microbiology, along with a former graduate student, Lisa Stout (Ph.D. '06), contributed a chapter "Plant–Microbe Enabled Contaminant Removal in the Rhizosphere” to the newly published book Phytotechnologies – Remediation of Environmental Contaminants. The book provides a unique review of the emerging technologies of plant and plant products to degrade, extract, contain, or immobilize contaminants in soil and water.