News & Announcements

Reinhart talks about ways IALS connects researchers and industry

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Peter H. Reinhart, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and director of the UMass Institute for Applied Life Sciences, was interviewed by Business West about the ways IALS is connecting academic researchers with high-tech industries, providing advanced manufacturing businesses with tools and researchers that can promote and expand their businesses. Read more

Riley joins board of antibiotic-safety organization

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Margaret Riley, Biology, has joined the board of directors of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics. The APUA, she notes, “was one of the very first organizations devoted to informing the public of the dangers of antibiotic overuse and abuse and has been a key player in efforts to extend the lifespan of these life-saving drugs.” Read more

Lila M. Gierasch, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, was profiled in The Scientist.

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The article outlined how she developed into a prominent scientist and expert on protein folding through her undergraduate and graduate school years as well as her personal interests, including working on cars. Read more

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

Serio’s project takes on sexism in science

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New CNS Dean Tricia Serio was profiled in a story in ASBMB Today about Speak Your Story, a project she launched that documents subtle sexism at scientific institutions as a way to begin designing ways to prevent it. The project invites academics to share their experiences with sexist comments or actions and helps increase awareness about the issue. Read more

Albertson’s research looks at surprising source of adaptive variation

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An unspoken frustration for evolutionary biologists over the past 100 years, says Craig Albertson, Biology, is that genetics can only account for a small percentage of variation in the physical traits of organisms. Now he reports experimental results on how another factor, a “bizarre behavior” that is part of early cichlid fish larvae’s developmental environment, influences later variation in their craniofacial bones, in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Read more

Cheung and Wu receive NSF funds for study of plant fertilization and seed production

Alice Cheung and Hen-Ming Wu, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, have been awarded $1.35 million from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Integrative and Organismal Systems and Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences to support their work in plant male-female interactions, which lead to fertilization and seed production, and in exploring basic mechanisms in plant signal transduction pathways. Read more

UMass Amherst Molecular Biologist Li-Jun Ma Wins Grant to Outwit Plant Fungal Diseases

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Li-Jun Ma, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, has been awarded a five-year, $880,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant by the National Science Foundation to fund her research on pathogenic fungi that can cause wilt diseases in more than 100 plants species and pose serious threats to agricultural productivity. 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

Zoeller discusses research on fetal alcohol syndrome

R. Thomas Zoeller, Biology, commented on a discovery that a common blood sugar medication or an extra dose of a thyroid hormone can reverse some signs fetal alcohol syndrome in rats may help scientists find an effective treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in humans. “At this moment, there’s really no pharmaceutical therapy,” Zoeller said. Read more

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