CBI members are doing incredible things! Congratulations to the professors, students, and labs recently in the news for their achievements...

  • The CBI NIH grant was renewed!! Our Program entered its 21st Year!! The new 5-year period of our program began July 1, 2016, and will last for five years. And the proposal was approved for 8 trainee slots for 2016! Thanks to NIH and UMass for their continued support, and to everyone who worked so hard on the proposal, and to all who contribute to our program to make it so great!

Richard Vachet and Vince Rotello were recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop new mass spectrometry based imaging methods to follow the distributions and biochemical effects of nanomaterials in biological systems.  The grant runs from August 2018 to July 2021.
Lila Gierasch was selected to receive the 2018 American Chemical Society Ralph Hirschmann Award. A symposium in her honor was held in April, 2018 in New Orleans.
Alejandro Heuck and his former student, CBI graduate Yuzhou Tang were in the Inside UMass news for their finding that the interaction between Type III secretion translocators PopB and PopD play a key early role in guiding channel assembly during pathogen infections. Their work was recently published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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Grad student Bo Zhao's recently published paper on the self-assembly of random polymers for selective binding and detection of peptides was featured on the cover of the March 2018 issue of the journal Polymer Chemistry.


Mengfei Huang gives a presentation at The Waterborne Symposium

Mengfei Huang presented an oral presentation about her research called "Advancing Manufacturing through Chemistry" at The Waterborne Symposium meeting in New Orleans, LA! For more information about the conference, see link.


Maryam Kashefi wins a Travel Award to the Protein Society Meeting.

Maryam Kashefi won a Travel Award to the 32nd Annual Symposium of The Protein Society.
The Protein Society meeting was in Boston from July 9-12th, 2018.
The title of Maryam’s poster was "Chemoreceptor dynamics and their role in signaling: NMR measurements within functional complexes".

Sankaran “Thai” ThayumanavanChemistry, has received a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a multi-university Center for Autonomous Chemistry, where he and colleagues including Vince Rotello, also Chemistry, will seek to design artificial self-activating systems. Read more.
Media: ChemEurope(link is external)News Medical Life Sciences(link is external)Greenfield Recorder(link is external)Daily Hampshire Gazette
Michael Maroney will be among eight nationally acclaimed faculty members who will receive the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creativity from Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy at the 13th Annual Faculty Convocation in September. More information
Vince Rotello presented the keynote lecture at the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)  international Research Experience for Undergraduates (iREU) symposium in Bordeaux on July 6.
Richard Vachet and his lab will be developing new mass spectrometric tools to better understand beta-2-microglobulin amyloid formation, which is the underlying cause of dialysis-related amyloidosis (DRA), and we will study inhibitors of this process that could one day be therapeutics for DRA. This has become possible due to the renewal of his NIH grant entitled "Copper-induced Amyloidosis Studied by Mass Spectrometryrenewed for $1.2 million. It will run until July 2021. 
Shelly Peyton, associate professor of Chemical Engineering, has been named to the Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Peyton is the Barry and Afsaneh Siadat Career Development Faculty Fellow. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science. UMass News
Peter Chien and his former student, CBI graduate Kamal Joshi were in the Inside UMass news for their finding that adaptors could be degraded by proteases, but only when the adaptors weren’t already busy delivering substrates. Their work was recently published in the Journal of Biological ChemistryUmass News
Lila Gierasch was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (October 2016). Amacad.org

Scott Garman has been named a 2017 Public Engagement Fellow, with plans to work on the communication of scientific discoveries about inherited metabolic diseases to physicians and patients. UMass News

Welcome Tricia Serio and Eric Strieter to the CBI Training Faculty!

Welcome Jianhan Chen and Mingxu You to the CBI Training Faculty!

Welcome Meg Stratton and Sarah Perry to the CBI Training Faculty!

Lila Gierasch was named the next editor in chief of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the nonprofit’s peer-reviewed journal. (March 2016)

Lisa Hernandez-Alicea (Chien Group) was featured in a Lab TV video about her research with proteases and her pursuit of a career in the medical sciences. (February 2016)

Congratulations to the CBI students - winners of MCB Poster Session this year: Derrick Deming (Garman Lab) and Lydia Lamriben (Hebert Lab)! (February 2016)

S. "Thai" Thayumanavan was awarded the Chemical Research Society of India's Medal of Honor. (February 2016)

Photo by Inside UMass

Vince Rotello received a TREE (Transformational Research and Excellence in Education) award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. (February 2016)

Celia Frieler (Thai Group) was featured in a Lab TV interview about her research developing protein carriers for nutrition and the treatment of disease, and about opportunities to explore science as a potential career. (February 2016)

Min Chen received an R01 grant award from NIH for her work on the OmpG nanopore for single molecule protein sensing. (February 2016)

Mike Maroney was recognized as an AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences) Fellow for “pioneering work in understanding nickel bioinorganic chemistry, with applications to bioenergy science, bacterial pathogenesis and transition metal homeostasis.” (February 2016)

CBI student Molly Gordon (Thai group) was featured in a LabTV interview about her research working with nanoparticals towards the improvement of chemotherapeutics. (Feb 2016)

Sarah Perry collaborated with others in a Girl Scout outreach event in Holyoke to demonstrate the rudiments of chemistry, electronics, and engineering. (January 2016)

S. "Thai" Thayumanavan was awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center Innovation Commercialization Seed Fund program, and also received a $6.25M DoD grant to develop molecular signals. (December 2015)

Sarah Perry received a two-year, $110,000 ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator grant for a research project entitled "Designing the Liquid-to-Solid Transition in Polyelectrolyte Complexes.” (December 2015)

Vince Rotello is listed on the 2015 Thomson-Reuters Most Cited Researchers list. (November 2015)

Richard Vachet and Vince Rotello have received a $400,000 NSF grant to develop new methods to image the stability of nanoparticles in biological tissues.

Lauren Jansen and the Department of Chemical Engineering hosted Professor Darrell Irvine (MIT) for the final seminar in the CBI birthday series. Professor Irvine presented on "Engineering immunity with hitchhiking therapeutics." More information about the student-invited seminars can be found on the CBI Special Seminar page. (December 2015)

Libbie Haglin was awarded the Biophysical Journal Outstanding Student Poster Award at the recent meeting “Biophysics of Proteins at Surfaces: Assembly, Activation, Signaling” in Madrid, Spain for her presentation “Signalling-related Structural Changes of Chemoreceptor Nano-Arrays” (October 2015)

Photo courtesy of Dr. Jesus Perez Gil

Brittany deRonde hosted Professor David Mooney (Harvard) as the Polymer Science seminar speaker in the CBI Birthday Seminar Series. Professor Mooney presented on "Biomaterial-based therapeutic cancer vaccines." More information about the student-invited seminars can be found on the CBI Special Seminar page. (September 2015)

Sarah Perry was quoted in Chemistry World in an article about efforts to find new ways to deliver nutraceuticals in processed foods. (September 2015)

The CBI Program welcomes a new faculty member: Sloan Siegrist! More about Professor Siegrist's research can be found here. (August 2015)

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