News & Announcements

A Splashy Welcome for Incoming Graduate Students

Incoming students in the interdisciplinary graduate programs in the life sciences (MCB, NSB, OEB and PB) enjoyed a day of whitewater rafting on the Deerfield River. Several faculty, staff and current students joined the group. The rafting adventure was a great way to get to know one another and have a ton of fun at the same time.

IDGP Student and Faculty BBQ August 28, 2018

New IDGP Student Outing

Please join us for an all student and faculty BBQ mixer to welcome the incoming Fall 2018 cohort!

IDGP New Student Reception BBQ
Date: August 28, 2018
Time: 5:00pm start time
Location: Durfee Lawn (the lawn just north of French Hall, near the pink pillars and Durfee greenhouse)
Please RSVP by August 20

Hope to see you there! The BBQ will include vegetarian food options and a cash bar will be available.

We are pleased to announce the following PB PhD thesis defense

David Chan-Rodriguez
Friday, August 3, 2018
10:00 AM
LSL, Room S330
Thesis Title: Grass-specific mechanisms of iron uptake: investigation of phytosiderophore transporters and discovery of novel iron deficiency loci
Thesis Advisor: Elsbeth Walker

Kristina Stinson Quoted in NPR WCAI Story, "Climate Change Is Making Allergies Worse"

Professor Kristina Stinson

If you think your seasonal allergies are getting worse, could be you’re not imagining things. Changes in temperature, rainfall, and greenhouse gases are making the pollen season stronger and longer. Read More

We are pleased to announce the following PB PhD thesis defense

Carlisle Bascom
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
11:00 AM
French Hall, Room 209
Thesis Title: The Interplay Between Polarity Regulators, Calcium, and the Actin Cytoskeleton During Tip Growth
Thesis Advisor: Dong Wang

We are pleased to announce the following PB PhD thesis defense

Gregory DeIulio
Monday, June 4, 2018
10:00 AM
LSL, Room 410
Thesis Title: Genomics and Plant Disease: a Study of Fusarium oxysporum Kinases and Downy Mildew Resistance in Basil 
Thesis Advisor: Li-Jun Ma

Christina Stonoha Awarded Graduate School Dissertation Research Grant

Christina Stonoha

Plant Biology Ph.D. student Christina Stonoha, has been awarded a competitive Graduate School Dissertation Grant. The UMass Amherst Graduate School provides $80,000 each year to fund competitive Graduate School Dissertation Research Grants (Application Information). This program recognizes the research and accomplishments of our outstanding graduate students and provides funds to assist recipients in completion of their dissertation. Read More

We are pleased to announce the following PB PhD thesis defense

Huiyuan Guo
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
2:00 PM
Paige Lab, Room 202
Thesis Title: Silver nanoparticles in environmental and biological systems: source, transformation, and detection
Thesis Advisor:  Baoshan Xing

We are pleased to announce the following PB PhD thesis defense

Ian Gillis
Wednesday,  May 16, 2018
10:00 AM
LSL, Room S330
Thesis Title: Variation and Evolution of Fruit Ripening Traits in Tomato Species
Thesis Advisor: Ana Caicedo

Kelly Allen Awarded 2018 Summer Gilgut Fellowship

Kelly Allen

The Plant Biology Scholarship Committee is also pleased to announce Kelly Allen, an incoming PhD student of Plant Biology, was chosen for the Summer Gilgut Graduate Research Fellowship. Thank you to all who applied, the committee reported all the applications were outstanding!