News & Announcements

Computational Biophysicist Receives Grant to Study ‘Floppy’ Proteins 

Computational biophysicist Jianhan Chen recently received a four-year, $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study a newly recognized class of proteins with highly flexible three-dimensional structural properties, in particular some extra-floppy ones called intrinsically disordered proteins. Read more

Safia Omer PhD dissertation defense

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Monday, August 27, 2018
10:30 AM
Life Sciences Laboratory, Room N210
Dissertation Title:  “Studies of dynein anchoring protein in budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae”
Advisors:  Wei-lih Lee and Patricia Wadsworth

'Ray of Hope' breast cancer registry reaches milestone

UMass Amherst Veterinary and Animal Sciences Professor and Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research (link is external) co-director, D. Joseph Jerry, has reached a milestone. The project—building a tissue sample registry of patients linked to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment—now includes some 1,000 participants. Read more

Chelsea Marcho PhD dissertation defense

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
2:30 PM
Integrated Sciences Building, Room 221
Dissertation Title:  Characterizing dynamic epigenetic phenomena during early mammalian development
Advisor:  Jesse Mager

Sid Advani PhD dissertation defense

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Thursday, August 2, 2018
2:00 PM
Life Sciences Laboratory, Room S330
Dissertation Title:  Targeted localization of Microtubule-Severing Enzymes to create new, local microtubule-disruption tools to study cell division
Advisor:  Jenny Ross


Fritz-Laylin to Develop Genetic Tools to Probe Workings of Deadly Pathogen

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The brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri is an emerging and deadly protist pathogen whose natural range appears to be rapidly expanding, says Lillian Fritz-Laylin, biology, but it has been “largely unstudied” because it is so dangerous and scientists lack adequate tools for gene manipulation. Read more. Recent article.

New Cancer Immunotherapy Shows Promise in Early Tests

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Much cancer immunotherapy research has focused on harnessing the immune system’s T cells to fight tumors, “but we knew that other types of immune cells could be important in fighting cancer too,” says biomedical engineer Ashish Kulkarni. Now, he and colleagues report that in preclinical models they can amplify macrophage immune responses against cancer using a self-assembling supramolecule. Read more

UMass Amherst Polymer Scientists Report Unexpected New Dynamics for Large DNA Molecules in Liquid Suspension

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Polymer physicists Murugappan “Muthu” Muthukumar and Di Jia are reporting the unexpected and previously unknown behavior of a charged macromolecule such as DNA embedded in a charged hydrogel, where it displays what they call a “topologically frustrated” inability to move or diffuse in the gel, a phenomenon they describe in the current Nature Communications. Read more

Congratulations to all of the 2017 - 2018 degree recipients!

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Sai Balchand Ketan Mathavan
Keith Ballard Emrah Ilker Ozay
Payal Damani-Yokota Amrita Palaria
Derrick Deming Yuzhou Tang
Heidi Hu Joe Torres
Muhammad Adil Khan Robert Vass
Barbara Mann Yili Zhu
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Lydia Lamriben PhD Dissertation Defense

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Monday, June 18, 2018
2:00 PM
Life Sciences Laboratory, Room S340
Dissertation Title:  Identifying functional components of the ER Degradation-Enhancing Mannosidase-Like Protein 1 (EDEM1)
Advisor:  Dan Hebert