News & Announcements

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

Ketan Mathavan PhD Dissertation Defense

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Friday, December 8, 2017         
12:30 PM         
Life Sciences Laboratory, Room S330/S340
Dissertation Title:  Cadherin-11 ectodomain signaling in cranial neural crest migration
Advisor:  Dominique Alfandari

Rotello Serves as Guest Professor in Beijing

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Vincent Rotello, Charles A. Goessmann Professor of Chemistry, served as guest professor at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences during a trip to Beijing in October. Rotello also gave an institute-wide molecular sciences forum presentation at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Read more

LSGRC 7th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium, Friday, November 17!

LSGRC 7th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium

The 7th annual UMass Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, November 17. The event brings together graduate students from all areas of life sciences research at UMass to present their work in both talks (9:00am - 5:00pm, Life Sciences Laboratories Building, Room S340) and a poster session/lunch (12:30pm - 2:00 pm). This event is open to everyone who wants to learn about the fantastic life sciences work going on at UMass! The schedule for presentations is available on the LSGRC facebook page.

Robert Vass PhD Dissertation Defense

Monday, November 20, 2017
1:00 PM         
Life Sciences Laboratory, Room N410
Dissertation Title:  CLPXP Functions in Caulobacter as a Universal and Species Specific Protease
Advisor:  Peter Chien

Payal Damani-Yokota PhD Dissertation Defense

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Friday, November 17, 2017
12:15 PM         
French Hall, Room 209
Dissertation Title:  Regulation of expression of the gamma delta T cell co-receptor and pattern recognition receptor multi-gene family WC1
Advisor:  Cynthia Baldwin

Edwin Murenzi receives Best Graduate Poster Award at the NACSETAC 2017 annual meeting

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Edwin Murenzi's poster, "PYRETHROIDS INCREASE TETRODOTOXIN-SENSITIVE SODIUM CURRENTS EXPRESSED IN RAT BRAIN TISSUE MICROTRANSPLANTED INTO XENOPUS LAEVIS OOCYTES" was recognized as the Best Graduate Poster at the 23rd annual North Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Meeting. Edwin's bio / Meeting abstracts