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Oct 23 2018 - 11:30am
Of Mice, Microbes, Toxins and More... MICRO Seminar Jean Mukherjee, DACVM, DVM, PhD Extension Associate Professor, UMass Micro... 222 Morrill Science Center II
Oct 23 2018 - 4:00pm
MCB Seminar CBI/MCB Co-Hosted SeminarSusan Gottesman NIH Host: Rilee Zeinert  Morrill Science Center South, Room 222
Oct 24 2018 - 4:00pm
VASCI Seminar Greg Fitzharris, PhD Université de Montréal 221 Integrated Sciences Building Speaker: Greg Fitzharris Notes: Refreshments at 3:45pm
Oct 24 2018 - 4:00pm
NSB Colloquium Mei Zhen University of Toronto Host: Paul Katz
Oct 25 2018 - 1:30pm
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Dr. Tri Vu- "Formyl-Methionine as a Bacteria Degradation Signal", a staff scientist in Dr. Alexander Varashavsky's lab at Caltech

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News & Events

University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientists have mapped and characterized microbial populations in a vegetable fermentation facility and report that its microbiome was distinct between production and fermentation areas and that the raw vegetables themselves – cabbages destined for sauerkraut – were the main source of fermentation-related microbes in production areas rather than handling or other environmental sources.

The next generation of wearable activity sensors will not be strap-on devices that can be lost or forgotten, say researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, instead they may be threads or fabric patches sewn into shirts and pants to offer light, care-free, continuous monitoring of movement that could help doctors, therapists and coaches respond to changes that warrant concern or improve performance.

Two scientists at UMass Amherst are building a new class of environmentally friendly polymer materials (or polymer-based fluids) called complex coacervates that will contain solid nanoparticles. Supported by a three-year, $357,694 grant from the National Science Foundation, they also will uncover and chronicle the design rules for these materials creating a road map for further research in the field.

A team of scientists based at UMass Amherst has been awarded a four-year, $953,300 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop miniature, implantable hardware that can record complex brain activity in animals and analyze it in real time. This new technical capability will allow the researchers to trace the origin of complex brain activity down to cellular levels, they say.

        Richard Pilsner, M2M and Environmental Health Sciences, has received a five-year, $2.7 million National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences award to support his further research on fathers’ preconception exposure to phthalates and potential effects on reproductive health through methylation of sperm DNA. 

In addition to directing the Human Testing Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s new Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), Michael Busa is managing the new class of research relationships emerging for the state’s largest public university campus, with corporate partners in biotech and health care.

Microbial ecologist Kristen DeAngelis, M2M and Microbiology, has been recognized by the National Science Foundation with its Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, a five-year grant that will support her research and teaching on soil microbes and their response to environmental change.

The National Science Foundation announced today that University of Massachusetts Amherst biologist Lillian Fritz-Laylin, M2M and biology, has been named one of 11 scientists in the nation who will share a total $10 million for developing and disseminating genomic tools in diverse species, allowing biologists to address mechanistic questions about how genes affect an organism’s physical and functional characteristics.

Spencer, CPHM and Psychology and Neuroscience & Behavior Program, with her former doctoral student Laura Kurdziel, who is now at Merrimack College, North Andover, Mass., and former undergraduate Jessica Kent, report that for children in this study, “Individually, the nap and overnight sleep bouts were not sufficient to induce changes in memory. A significant benefit of napping was observed only when changes across the entire 24-hour period were considered. This supports an interplay between the nap and subsequent overnight sleep in the consolidation of memories in young children.”

Jianhan Chen,  M2M and Department of Chemistry, recently received a four-year, $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study a newly recognized class of proteins with highly flexible three-dimensional (3D) structural properties, in particular some extra-floppy ones called intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs).

A team of researchers including Yubing Sun, CPHM and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, has demonstrated that human pluripotent stem cells can be guided to become the precursors of the central nervous system and that mechanical signals play a key role in this process. Sun and his colleagues outlined their findings in a recent paper published in the journal Nature Materials.

During a two-day visit to campus this month, the executive director of the binational Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) gave a presentation to faculty of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) explaining the mutual benefits of Indo-U.S. collaborations.

Catrine Tudor-Locke, kinesiology and CPHM, was interviewed for an article on the health benefits of brisk walking and the confusion in defining “brisk”.  For the new study on the subject, which was published in June in a special issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine devoted to the topic of walking, she and her colleagues decided to see whether there was enough data already available to develop a more precise and useful definition of brisk walking.


Ashish Kaulkarni

Ashish Kaulkarni, M2M and CBD, along with colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital showed that in preclinical models, they can amplify macrophage immune responses against cancer using a self assembling supramolecule.  This work was supported by a Department of Defense Breakthrough Award, an American Lung Association Innovation Award, an NIH National Cancer Institute grant, and the UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) Center for Bioactive Delivery, the IALS Mass Spectrometry and Biophysical Characterization core facilities, and the department of chemical engineering.

Julia Choi, Kinesiology, Neuroscience & Behavior and CPHM, recently received a five-year, $616,057, grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) faculty early career development (CAREER) program to investigate how the brain learns to control walking.


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