Lynmarie Thompson, chemistry and M2M, was awarded a two year, $615,000 NIH grant entitled, "Assembly and Function of Bacterial Chemotaxis Receptor Signaling Complexes.” The goal of this project is to assemble native-like functional nanoarrays of chemotaxis receptor complexes and determine how the proteins change their structure and dynamics during signaling. Understanding signaling in this system may be useful for the development of novel antibiotics targeting similar signaling systems that are widespread in bacteria.
Derek Lovley, microbiology and M2M, and his team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who is internationally known for having discovered electrically conducting microfilaments or “nanowires” in the bacterium Geobacter, announce in a new paper this month that they have discovered the unexpected structures in many other species, greatly broadening the research field on electrically conducting filaments. Details appear online in the International Society of Microbial Ecology Journal.
The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) honored University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientist David Julian McClements with its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany, on Nov. 30, recognizing his “pre-eminence in and contributions to the field of food science and technology over his career.”
In a recent review of the scientific literature, award-winning food scientist David Julian McClements (CBD) and his colleague Hang Xiao (CBD) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst conclude that nanoparticle safety in food should be judged on a case-by-case basis, for example, depending on whether the particles are organic or inorganic, natural or engineered, as well as on the properties of the foods they are eaten with.
The Mass Spectrometry Core Facility hosted a workshop on November 28th focused on Metabolomics and Lipidomics, sponsored by Waters Corporation. This aspect of the “omics” pipeline is focused on small molecules and their metabolites and how changes in their concentrations can be used to understand changes in metabolic pathways in organisms resulting from external stimuli (e.g. drug therapy, dietary changes) or as biomarkers of disease. Dr. Suraj Dhungana from Waters Corp.
Eighty scientists and microscopy enthusiasts from around the New England region converged at the new Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the New England Society for Microscopy.
Faculty members are invited to attend a workshop and luncheon about Fulbright opportunities on Monday, Dec. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hadley Room, Campus Center. Individual consultations will also be available in the Campus Center Dec. 11-12. To register for the workshop and individual consultations, email Kimberly Stender at firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 4.
Yubing Sun, a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and CPHM, receives 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.
Prashant Shenoy, computer science and CPHM, along with Angelika Kratzer, linguistics, have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of their “efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”
Vincent Rotello, Charles A. Goessmann Professor of Chemistry and member of CBD, M2M and CPHM, 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. Both centers are the top institution in their respective fields in China, and are highly ranked internationally.
Akshaya Shanmugam, cofounder, Lumme, a start-up company founded along with Deepak Ganesan, computer science and CPHM, and Abhinav Parate (PhD '14 CS) developed software for smokers who want to quit. Wearable devices to sense the smoker’s movements and predict a likely relapse. A notification tells them not to light up.
Alejandro Heuck, biochemistry and molecular biology and M2M, along with graduate students Ben Johnson and Mariana Breña recently published a paper in the Springer Nature journal Scientific Reports in which they describe how they developed a new molecular probe for measuring the amount of accessible cholesterol in cells.
Peter Reinhart, founding director of IALS, participated in the panel for Innovation in Continuous Improvement at the Business West Expo at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA. Discussing new models for academic institutions to become more relevant to industry partners as hubs for exploring new product candidates, by providing access to cutting edge equipment facilities and providing employee training, interacting on new R&D projects, and early identification of potential employees.
Sarah L. Perry, chemical engineering and M2M, is working with a colleague at the University of Illinois, is creating new bioinspired materials using electrostatic charge to direct the self-assembly process of long molecules. The research team, working with a class of polymers called coacervates, found they could be modified by changing the sequence of charges along the polymer chain. Coacervates are commonly used in food products and cosmetics. The findings are published in the journal Nature Communications.