Past News & Announcements

New Bacterium Discovered by Kristen DeAngelis, Gina Chaput and Researchers

May 2019: Kristen DeAngelis, Gina Chaput, and a group of researchers recently identified and squenced a new lignin-degrading bacterium, Serratia quinivorans 124R. The findings were recently highlighted as a Microbiology Resource Announcement by the American Society of Microbiology. Read more...

Wilmore Webley Awarded Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching

May 2019: Wilmore Webley, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Director of Pre-Med Advising, was one of five University of Massachusetts faculty to receive the Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching. One prize was awarded from each of the five University campuses. The award was established in 2016 by UMass Lowell alumni Rob and Donna Manning to honor UMass professors who excel in teaching and service. Read more...

Olivia Venezia Receives UMass Rising Researcher Award

May 2019: Olivia Venezia, a Microbiology senior, was one of six undergraduates to be presented with the UMass Rising Researcher Award on April 24, 2019. The Rising Researcher program celebrates undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship or creative activity. Read more...

Reuben Shipway Featured in New York Times

April 2019: Dr. Reuben Shipway, who joined the Microbiology Department and Professor Barry Goodell’s Lab as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in April, was recently featured in the New York Times for his research.  Shipway’s discovery of a new marine mollusk species included DNA sequencing of the shipworm mollusks and their bacterial symbionts. Goodell has an ongoing collaboration with Northeastern University researchers, and Shipway’s arrival allows for a continuation of this as the team explores the role of bacterial symbionts in shipworm metabolism. Read more...

Martz Molecular Visualization Resources Widely Used

April 2019: A YouTube video explaining the Ramachandran Principle, posted by Professor Emeritus Eric Martz 9 months ago, has been viewed >5,000 times. Other resources developed by Martz include FirstGlance in Jmol, which provides guided exploration of the 3D structures of macromolecules. It is used hundreds of times a day (>1.5 million uses since 2006). Martz teaches free workshops every June. 

Kathryn Rahlwes Receives Award

February 2019: Kathryn Rahlwes, Microbiology Ph.D. candidate, was awarded the Curtis B. Thorne "Carry On" Award on February 16, 2019. The award was established in 2008 to honor former Microbiology Faculty member Curt Thorne. The graduate student is chosen based on contributions to the Department and their discipline and for serving as a role model to other students. 

Jeffrey Kane Presented with Graduate Student Award

February 2019: On Saturday, February 16, Jeffrey Kane was presented the James F. Holden Distinguished Teaching Award. The award is presented annually by the Microbiology Graduate Student Group to a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Microbiology for excellence in teaching and mentorship of graduate students. Mr. Kane is a Lecturer and Advisor for the Applied and Molecular Biotechnology Master's Program in the Department of Microbiology.

Derek Lovely Named to Highly Cited Researchers List 2018

November 2018: Derek Lovley has been named to the list of Highly Cited Researcher for 2018. The Highly Cited Researchers list recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. Read more...

Derek Lovley and University of Massachusetts Researchers Report on New Class of Electronic Materials

November 2018: Derek Lovley and a team of University of Massachusetts researchers have developed a new class of electronic materials that could lead to a green, more sustainable future in biomedical and environmental sensing. The development was recently reported in New Electronics. Read more....

8th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium

October 2018: The 8th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Life Sciences Laboratories S340. The event will feature research talks throughout the day and a poster and social session from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Holden Receives NASA Research Grant

September 2018: Jim Holden, Professor and Microbiology Department Head, has received a three-year grant from NASA to develop spectroscopy techniques to detect evidence of life beyond Earth. He will work with mineralogist Darby Dyar at Mount Holyoke College on the three-year project. Read more...

Morita Awarded NIH Grant

September 2018: Yasu Morita, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, has been awarded a two-year award from the NIH for a research project, "Membrane Domain Dynamicc in Mycobacterium tuberculosis."