Past News & Announcements

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News from the Morita Lab

May 2016: Yasu Morita, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, and Jennifer Hayashi, a Microbiology doctoral student, recently had important findings about a model species of Mycobacterium smegmatis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Mycobacteria can cause dangerous diseases such as leprosy and tuberculosis and these new findings will lead to a better understanding of the bacteria. Read more...

Microbiology doctoral student, Julia Puffal, received a Dissertation Research Grant from the UMass Graduate School.

Research Team Receives Award from Armstrong Fund for Science

April 2016: Yasu Morita and Michele Klingbeil, Microbiology faculty members, were part of a winning team of researchers that received an award from the Armstrong Fund for Science. Their research project pointed out that infectious diseases, caused by microorganisms resistant to available anti-microbials, pose serious threats to public health worldwide. UMass Biochemistry faculty members, Li-Jun Ma and Sergey Savinov, were also part of the team. The researchers were recognized at the UMass Amherst Honors Dinner on April 13. Read more...

Population of Lone Star Ticks Growing in the Northeast

April 2016: In a recent article in the Sentinel and Enterprise News, it was reported that Lone Star ticks have been traveling north possibly due to climate change. Lone Star ticks have been found primarily in Southern states up until the past few years. In 2014, the Laboratory of Medical Zoology noticed an increase in the numbers of Lone Star ticks that were identified. The Lone Star ticks were predomoninantly found on Cape Cod but were found as far west as Amherst, Massachusetts. While the Lone Star tick does not carry lyme disease, it is agressive, moves in groups and gives a nasty bite that can cause allergies to red mead and cats and can cause fever, headaches, nausea, weakness and fatigue in both dogs and humans. Read more...

DeAngeles Receives Grant for Earth Steward Intern

April 2016:  Kristen DeAngelis, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, has received a long-range planning grant from the Ecological Society of America (ESA) to promote awareness of the role that microbes play in composting organic materials. One undergraduate from the Five Colleges will be selected and funded as an Earth Stewardship Intern during spring and summer months to develop a composter curriculum for the Society. Read more...

Kamlarz Selected as Rising Researcher

March 2016: Samuel Kamlarz, a Microbiology senior, has been selected as one of eight students to receive the spring 2016 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student achievement award. The award is given to recognize exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduates who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. Mr. Kamalarz is currently working on his research project in the lab of Microbiology Professor, Michele Klingbeil. Read more...

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