News & Announcements

Congratulations to the 2019 CNS Outstanding Achievement Award winners!

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MCB award winners include:

Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion

   Ana Torres Ocampo, PhD Student of Molecular and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Outstanding Research

    Richard Vachet, Professor, Chemistry

    Luke Remage-Healey, Associate Professor, Psychological and Brian Sciences (Early-career Award)

Congratulations to all of the 2019 CNS Outstanding Achievement Award winners!

Trisha Zintel receives NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) Grant

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Congratulations to Trisha Zintel, recipient of a 2019 NSF Biological Anthropology Program Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant! Trisha works in the Babbitt group, and received the DDRI grant for her work on "Investigating astrocyte-mediated adaptive changes in primate brain metabolism." The Biological Anthropology Program supports multifaceted research to advance scientific knowledge of human biology and ecology, including understanding of our evolutionary history and mechanisms that have shaped human and nonhuman primate biological diversity. These awards are intended to enhance and improve the conduct of dissertation research by doctoral students who are pursuing research in biological anthropology that enhances basic scientific knowledge. Read more

Research Team Studies How Chemotherapy Can Cause Cancer Cells to Become Active

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Researchers have received a five-year, $1.76 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study how, in some people, cancer cells in the human body that have left the original site of the cancer change from dormant to active due to chemotherapy. They are developing implantable tissue-engineered microenvironments where it is possible to see in detail what causes that change in a living system. The research team is headed by Jungwoo Lee, assistant professor of chemical engineering. Read more

Ana Caicedo Awarded Mutual Mentoring Grant for 2019-20

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Eight teams and eight individual faculty have been selected for mutual mentoring team and micro-grants by the Office for Faculty Development. The Mutual Mentoring Team and Micro Grants encourage faculty to develop robust professional networks that support their growth as researchers, teachers and leaders in their fields. The Mutual Mentoring Micro Grants provide up to $1,500 for one year to individual faculty. Micro Grants are intended to encourage faculty to identify desirable areas for professional growth and to develop the necessary mentoring relationships to make such opportunities possible. Read more

Mine Canakci PhD dissertation defense

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Monday, April 8, 2019
9:00 AM
Life Sciences Laboratory, Room S330
Dissertation Title:  “Engineering of an Antibody-Conjugated Nanogel Platform for Targeted Drug Delivery to T Lymphocytes"
Advisors:  Barbara Osborne and S. Thayumanavan

UMass Amherst Graduate Programs Receive National Recognition in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

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Graduate programs in several science and social science disciplines at the University of Massachusetts Amherst rank among the best in the nation in fresh rankings featured in the 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, which was released this month. According to this list, UMass Amherst ranks 54th of Graduate Programs in Biological Sciences. Read more

Alexandria Wells PhD dissertation defense

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Monday, March 18, 2019
10:00 AM
Life Sciences Laboratory, Room S330/340
Dissertation Title:  “Let-7 miRNAs program the fate of CD8 T cells"
Advisor:  Leonid Pobezinsky

Jiménez Gets Five-Year NSF CAREER Grant to Study Blood Flow and Arterial Stents

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Juan M. Jiménez, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, has received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how blood flows around artificial stents in coronary arteries affects the cells that line the arteries and directs how they heal. The grant is from the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program. Jiménez says his research project is focused on heart disease, the leading cause of death globally and in the U.S. Read more

Gierasch Honored with Merrifeld Award

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In the latest of her many career honors, Lila Gierasch, Distinguished Professor of chemistry and biochemistry and molecular biology, was recently recognized for her “outstanding contributions to peptide science” by the American Peptide Society (APS). She will formally receive its lifetime achievement honor, the Merrifield Award, at a ceremony at the society’s annual meeting in Monterey, California, in June. Marcey Waters, president of the APS, wrote to Gierasch,“The society is excited to recognize you for your research accomplishments, and we also appreciate your service to the society as former editor of Peptide Science.” Gierasch will present a lecture at the annual meeting and will receive a $25,000 honorarium. Read more

Goldner and Ross Among Faculty Named Chancellor Leadership Fellows for 2019

Six faculty have been awarded Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowships for 2019, according to John McCarthy, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and Anna Branch, associate chancellor for equity and inclusion. Lori Goldner, professor of physics, is working with McCarthy in academic affairs. Two fellows, Melissa Wooten, associate professor of sociology and Linda Tropp, professor of social psychology, are working with associate chancellor Anna Branch in the office of equity and inclusion. Jennifer Ross, professor of physics, Angela de Oliveira, associate professor of resource economics and Karen Helfer, chair and professor of communication disorders, will work with Michelle Budig, vice provost for faculty development in the office of faculty development. Read more