News & Announcements

Joshua Foster receives competitive CBI traineeship

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Joshua Foster (Chen lab) received a prestigious NIH-funded traineeship from the Chemistry-Biology Interface program! The CBI program trains students with diverse scientific backgrounds for productive research at the interface between chemistry and biology. Science at the chemistry-biology interface brings the synthetic, mechanistic and analytical powers of chemistry to bear on new and exciting areas of biology. CBI Trainees take part in courses, seminars, discussions and research at the forefront of this emerging, interdisciplinary field. Trainee selection criteria include progress in the PhD program (grades and research productivity), and in the CBI Program (requirements satisfied, event participation). Past performance, such as undergraduate GPA, is also taken into account. CBI students must be nominated by CBI Training Faculty in spring of their first or second year of graduate study to be considered for traineeships that typically begin in September. Congratulations, Josh! Read more

Carline Fermino Do Rosario receives prestigious NSF NRT fellowship

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Carline Fermino Do Rosario (Wadsworth/Ross labs) has received the prestigious NSF Soft Materials for Life Sciences National Research Traineeship (SMLS-NRT) for the 2020-2021 academic year! This traineeship engages faculty and students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in a graduate education model that trains students in T-shaped skills. The vertical bar on the T represents the depth of related skills and expertise in a single field, whereas the horizontal bar is the ability to collaborate across disciplines with experts in other areas and to apply knowledge in areas of expertise other than one's own. The program will provide training breadth across multiple professional and other technical skill areas while developing quality depth in the trainee’s area of specialization. Life scientists, physical scientists and engineers will be brought together to generate dynamic team leadership skills and to catalyze innovation. Congratulations, Carline! Read more

Jun-Goo Kwak receives prestigious NSF NRT fellowship

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Jun-Goo Kwak (Lee lab) has received the prestigious NSF Soft Materials for Life Sciences National Research Traineeship (SMLS-NRT) for the 2020-2021 academic year! This traineeship engages faculty and students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in a graduate education model that trains students in T-shaped skills. The vertical bar on the T represents the depth of related skills and expertise in a single field, whereas the horizontal bar is the ability to collaborate across disciplines with experts in other areas and to apply knowledge in areas of expertise other than one's own. The program will provide training breadth across multiple professional and other technical skill areas while developing quality depth in the trainee’s area of specialization. Life scientists, physical scientists and engineers will be brought together to generate dynamic team leadership skills and to catalyze innovation. Congratulations, Jun-Goo! Read more

Study Finds New Mentoring Model Supports Underrepresented Minority Women Faculty in STEM

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Over the last 20 years, many academic institutions have conducted surveys in STEM disciplines, seeking ways to address and increase awareness of discrimination and racism that are major obstacles to attracting and retaining women – particularly underrepresented minority women – to diversify the STEM workforce.

Now results of a new experiment by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest that an online mutual-mentoring model called “Amplifying Voices” can create “trusting and supportive environments” among underrepresented minority women in STEM across academic institutions. Details were published online by the journal Innovative Higher Education.

Lead author Sandra Petersen, professor of veterinary and animal sciences, says, “Our research suggests that combining career-focused mentoring found in most academic institutions with empathetic psychosocial mentoring achieved through Amplifying Voices is a more effective strategy for supporting underrepresented minority women in STEM than either strategy alone.” Read more

Allison Sirois PhD Dissertation Defense

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Thursday, July 2, 2020
10:00 AM
Zoom link:  Please contact mcb@mcb.umass.edu to be included on the email list for this announcement
Dissertation Title:  "Engineering mesothelin-binding proteins as targeted cancer diagnostics and therapeutics"
Advisor:  Sarah Moore

Anastasiia Klimova PhD Dissertation Defense

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
2:00 PM
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Dissertation Title:  "Roles of RecN DNA repair protein and PriA DNA helicase in maintaining genomic integrity of Escherichia coli K-12"
Advisor:  Steve Sandler

Covid-19 blog

The Minter and Osborne labs have started a blog providing information on the immunology behind Covid19, called Spiking the Spike. Read more

Allison Sirois receives prestigious Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA)

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Allison Sirois (S. Moore group) was recently awarded an NIH IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tufts University to work in the Oudin Lab starting Fall 2020! The IRACDA program combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop academic skills, including teaching, through workshops and mentored teaching assignments at a partner institution. The program is expected to facilitate the progress of postdoctoral candidates toward research and teaching careers in academia. There is only one IRACDA research institution in Massachusetts, and about twenty nationwide. Congratulations, Allison! Read more

Fuu-Jiun Hwang PhD Dissertation Defense

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
10:00 AM
Zoom link:  Please contact mcb@mcb.umass.edu to be included on the email list for this announcement
Dissertation Title:  "Study of Multivesicular Release (MVR) in Auditory Ribbon Synapse"
Advisor:  Luke Remage-Healey and Geng-Lin Li

Heather Sherman PhD Dissertation Defense

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
11:30 AM
Zoom link:  Please contact mcb@mcb.umass.edu to be included on the email list for this announcement
Dissertation Title:  "LKB1 isoform expression as a regulator of T cell phenotypic stability"
Advisor:  Lisa Minter/Barbara Osborne

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