News & Announcements

MCB PhD candidate Saman Nayyab selected to give a talk at the GRC Fertilization and Activation of Development

Saman was selected to give a 10-minute talk at the Gordon Research Conference: Fertilization and Activation of Development in Holderness, NH, after presenting her poster "Characterization of TSSK1, TSSK2, and TSSK3 as potential targets for male contraception". This was her very first talk at a conference — way to go, Saman!

Samantha Schultz successfully defended her Masters Thesis work

“Combining Simulation and the MspA Nanopore to Study p53 Dynamics and Interactions”

Advisors: Jianhan Chen and Min Chen

Tom Scudder received his Masters degree

Tom uncovered critical determinants that govern the regulated delivery of protease substrates needed for driving the bacterial cell cycle. 

Advisor: Peter Chien

Bao Nguyen won a Protein Society Symposium Poster Award

Congratulations Bao Nguyen from Meg Stratton's lab for winning Graduate Poster award from the Protein Society Symposium 37. The awardees were selected among 250+ posters.

Nathan Canniff successfully defended his PhD work

Nathan has done a beautiful job characterizing and dissecting the role of TTC17 in human secretory pathway protein trafficking. He has used an impressive array of genetic, biochemical, molecular biological, cell biological, computational and quantitative mass spectrometry approaches.

"A novel ER adapter protein TTC17 mediates protein trafficking in the endoplasmic reticulum"

Advisor: Daniel Hebert

Sarah Tucker MS Defense

"Climate Change, Giant Viruses and Their Putative Hosts"

July 13, 2023


Danny McSweeney successfully defended his PhD work

"Investigating Signaling Mechanisms of Neuronal Maturation and Synapse Function in Human Induced Neuronal Cells"

Advisor: ChangHui Pak

Calling all CNS Grad Students!

Happy end of the semester and start of summer! To celebrate, join your fellow grad students for an evening of food, fun, and trivia presented by CNS and Life Science Café and sponsored by your Graduate Student Organizations! Show off your science, UMass, and Sci-Fi knowledge on the 29th of June at 6pm at the Hangar Bar and Grill (10 University Dr., Amherst, MA)

We’ll buy the food and you buy the drinks! We hope to see you there!

Pre-register your trivia team and win an extra trivia point! Make a team ahead of time or join one day-of! Maximum of 8 people per group please. If there are more, feel free to break into two groups!

There will be questions across 5 different topics so get ready to be challenged!

Any questions? Please email:

MS Thesis defense - Sungwoo Hwang

"Investigating diterpene biosynthesis in Medicago truncatula"
Advisor: Sibongile Mafu

Sungwoo joined the lab in Fall 2022. In the 9 monthe she has been with us she has performed preliminary biochemical investigations on diterpene biosynthesis- small molecules that modulate growth and defense - in a legume, Medicago truncatula.

May 23, 2023 

Efecan Aral PhD Dissertation defense

Establishing Personalized Medicine in Fabry Disease through Functional Analysis of Disease Mutants

Advisor: Scott Garman

Friday May 19, 10am