Past News & Announcements
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September 2016: Kristen DeAngelis, Assistant Professor in Microbiology, has been awarded two grants from the Department of Energy to study microbial feedbacks to climate in a warming world. The first is a three-year award from the DOE Genomic Sciences (GS) Program, entitled "The Who and How of Microbial Control over Soil Carbon Dynamics: a Multi–omics, Stable Isotope, and Modeling Approach.” The second is a two-year award from the DOE Terrestrial Ecosystem Sciences (TES) Program, entitled "Resolving Conflicting Physical and Biochemical Feedbacks to Climate in Response to Long-Term Warming". These complementary projects both examine microbial carbon use efficiency and availability as possible sources of climate-altered feedbacks to warming, by studying Harvard Forest soils exposed to 25 years of warming along with bacterial and fungal culture collections from these soils. Dr. DeAngelis is the PI for both, with co-investigators at UMass, Hampshire College, UNH, Argonne National Lab, and Marine Biological Labs.
August 2016: Dr. Erika Hamilton, Lecturer and Director of Microbiology Teaching Services, has been promoted to Senior Lecturer II effective September 1, 2016.
August 2016: Yasu Morita, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, has been awarded a one year grant from the American Lung Association for his research project "Cell wall biogenesis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: towards identifying druggable cell envelope."
July 2016: Michele Klingbeil, Associate Professor of Microbiology, has received a two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health for her research project "Revealing the Trypanosome DNA Replication Machinery using iPOND."
July 2016: A group of researchers led by Derek Lovley have developed a synthetic bacteria made from non-toxic, natural amino acids. The findings were reported in the current issue of Small. The synthetic bacteria produces extremely thin and highly conductive wires which have many potential applications in electronic devices to function as wires, transistors and capacitors in biocompatible sensors, computing devices and components of solar panels. As the researchers learned more about microbial nanowires they took the design a step further and rearranged amino acids to insert trytophan, an amino acid commonly know to cause drowsiness, and the results exceeded their expectations as the nanowires conductivity greatly increased. Read more...