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Heidi Hu PhD Dissertation Defense

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
2:30 PM
Life Sciences Laboratories, Room N610
Dissertation Title:  The Role of the Metallochaperone HypA in the Acid Survival and the Activities of Nickel Enzymes in Helicobacter pylori
Advisor:  Michael J. Maroney

UMass Amherst Researchers Find ‘Switch’ that Turns on Immune Cells’ Tumor-Killing Ability

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Molecular biologists led by Leonid Pobezinsky and his wife and research collaborator Elena Pobezinskaya have published results that for the first time show how a microRNA molecule known as Lethal-7 (let-7) serves as a molecular control hub to direct the function of cytotoxic T lymphocytes by putting the brakes on their cell-killing activities. The research group led by the Pobezinskys includes his Ph.D. student and first author Alexandria Wells, UMass Amherst molecular biologist Michele Markstein, who provided the computational analysis to identify let-7 targets and how let-7 regulates the genome, and UMass Medical School immunologist Raymond Welsh, a specialist in cytotoxic CD8 T cells who provided a viral model for testing differentiation in the presence of virus. More

Madison Tyler MS Thesis Defense

Monday, August 28, 2017
10:00 am
Hasbrouck, Room 409
Thesis Title:  Regulation of Katanin Activity on Microtubules
Advisor:  Jenny Ross

Sai Balchand PhD Dissertation Defense

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
1:30 PM
French Hall, Room 209
Dissertation Title:  Mechanism of Regulation of kinesins Eg5 and Kif15 by TPX2
Advisor:  Pat Wadsworth

Doug Calenda MS Thesis Defense

Thursday, August 10, 2017
12:00 pm
Life Sciences Laboratories, Room N210
Thesis Title:  Partial Craniofacial Cartilage Rescue in Ace Mutants from Compensatory Signaling Permeating from the Developing Ventricle in Zebrafish
Advisor:  Craig Albertson

Aujan Mehregan MS Thesis Defense

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
11:00 am
Integrated Sciences Building, Room 427L
Thesis Title:  Characterization of Calcium Homeostasis Parameters in TRPV3 & CaV3.2 Null Mice
Advisor:  Rafael Fissore

Anna Ye PhD Dissertation Defense

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
1:00 PM
Integrated Sciences Building, Room 221
Dissertation Title:  Defining molecular pathways that ensure accurate cell division
Advisor:  Tom Maresca

Madelaine Bartlett receives National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to investigate flower diversity

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Madelaine Bartlett has received a five-year, $837,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to investigate the developmental processes that create diversity among species of flowering plants. The CAREER grant is NSF’s highest award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of both. Read more

David Sela and colleagues featured in Applied and Environmental Microbiology for study on the benefits of cranberries for gut microbiome

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Many scientists are paying new attention to prebiotics, that is, molecules we eat but cannot digest, because some may promote the growth and health of beneficial microorganisms in our intestines, says nutritional microbiologist David Sela at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In a new study, he and colleagues report the first evidence that certain beneficial gut bacteria are able to grow when fed a carbohydrate found in cranberries and further, that they exhibit a special nontypical metabolism. Read more

Trustees Approve Tenure Awards, Appointments with Tenure

photo of Jianhan Chen Jianhan Chen was appointed professor with tenure in Chemistry
photo of Paul Katz Paul Katz was appointed associate professor with tenure in Biology

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