News & Announcements

Bioinformatics Training Hosted by Members of Li-Jun Ma's Lab and the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department 

Bioinformatics Training Schedule

Members of Professor Li-Jun Ma’s lab and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will be hosting a Bioinformatics Training.  The training will be comprised of 4 sections, running November 7th through December 5th, 2019.  Each section will be held on a Thursday, from 6-7pm, in LSL N415.   Each of the 4 sections will cover a different topic including:

Section 1: Linux introduction and data quality control
Section 2: RNA-seq data analysis
Section 3: Functional DEGs analysis
Section 4: IGV visualization

Registration is due Monday, November 4th, 2019.


We are pleased to announce the following PB PhD thesis defense

Sam Glaze-Corcoran
Monday, November 25, 2019
9:00 AM
Location: 107 Fernald Hall
Thesis Title: Developing alternative forage production strategies for environmental and economic resiliency on New England dairy farms

We are pleased to announce the following PB PhD thesis defense

Rakesh Kumar
Friday, November 15, 2019
12:00 PM
Location: LSL N610
Thesis Title: Tracking a long distance iron deficiency signal

Biology and Art: The UMCA launches a collaboration with the Natural History Collections in October


One of the exciting happenings on the UMass Amherst campus this fall is a seed of something huge to come: an innovative collaboration between the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) and the Natural History Collections. The pilot project for this partnership, ongoing through 2020/21, is Fielding, a show by guest artist Emily Tareila ’19G (MFA), mounted in pop-up fashion in Morrill Science Center. In a time of global environmental shifts, the methodical catalog of species that natural history collections furnish is a particularly valuable resource. “The collections are the foundation of a lot of biological research, documenting and recording life on earth, for scientists to study in terms of what has happened, and what’s coming,” says Assistant Professor of Biology, Madelaine Bartlett. “We have a legacy of herbarium records that can now be used to track the impact of climate change.” Read More

Ana Caicedo and Jacob Barnett's Tomato Research Featured in: Vegetable Growers News

Dr. Ana Caicedo

Professor Ana Caicedo and OEB PhD student Jacob Barnett are studying the evolution of wild tomatoes in an effort to create plants that are disease and pest resistant and also have good flavor and appearance. Their research is being featured in a story published in the "Vegetable Growers News."  Read more