News & Announcements

Tyler’s class on dragon genetics featured on blog

The Concord Consortium ran a piece about a course taught by Ludmila Tyler, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, in which students used Geniverse software to study dragon genetics and develop new genes, mutant alleles, and phenotypes based on investigations of scientific literature. Concord Consortium

Joe Torres PhD Dissertation Defense

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Integrated Sciences Building, Room 221
Dissertation Title:  "Canonical Notch Signaling Positively Regulates MicroRNA-155 Transcription in an NFkB-Dependent Manner"
Advisor: Lisa Minter

Emrah Ilker Ozay PhD Dissertation Defense

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
1:00 PM
Integrated Sciences Building, Room 221 
Dissertation Title:  "Defining and manipulating the function of Protein Kinase C-theta in Graft-vs-Host responses"
Advisors:  Lisa Minter and Gregory Tew

UMass Amherst, Peking University Scientists Advance Knowledge of Plant Reproduction

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Two groups of plant molecular biologists, at UMass Amherst and Peking University, China, have long studied how pollen tubes and pistils, the male and female parts of flowers, communicate to achieve fertilization in plants. They report in a Science early release paper that they have identified a pair of receptors essential to these communications as well as molecules that modulate the receptors’ activity. Read more

Tracking Effects of a Food Preservative on the Gut Microbiome

Antimicrobial compounds added to preserve food during storage are believed to be benign and non-toxic to the consumer, but there is “a critical scientific gap in understanding the potential interactions” they may have with the hundreds of species of microbes in our intestines, say David Sela, a nutritional microbiologist, and colleagues. Read more

Keith Ballard PhD Dissertation Defense

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017         
3:00 PM         
Life Science Laboratories Building, Room N210
Dissertation Title:  A BIG role for small heat shock proteins: Examining sHSP-substrate capture and chaperone network coordination through crosslinking
Advisor:  Elizabeth Vierling

Pilsner Awarded $2.26 Million Grant to Extend Phthalate Research

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Richard Pilsner, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, recently received a five-year, $2.26 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to extend and replicate findings in an animal study of his earlier investigation into the effects of phthalate levels on sperm epigenetics and reproductive success in humans. Read more

Alfandari Awarded $1 Million Grant to Produce Monoclonal Antibodies for Research

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Dominique Alfandari, veterinary and animal sciences, recently received a four-year, $1 million National Institutes of Health grant to produce and characterize monoclonal antibodies to proteins in a species of frog, Xenopus, used as a model system for developmental biology and human diseases. Read more

Sun Receives $400,000 NSF Grant to Study Mechanics that Cause Neural Tube Birth Defects

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Yubing Sun, a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering is using a three-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the biomechanical forces and chemical factors that cause birth defects of the brain and spinal cord in the first few weeks of fetal development. Known as neural tube defects, these conditions occur when critical parts of the central nervous system don’t develop properly. Read more

Derrick Deming PhD Dissertation Defense

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Thursday, November 30, 2017         
3:00 PM         
Life Sciences Laboratory, Room S330
Dissertation Title:  Structural studies of acid alpha-glucosidase and Pompe disease
Advisor:  Scott Garman