Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UMass Amherst

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Elizabeth Vierling elected to the National Academy of Sciences

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Department News

In Memoriam

Remembering BMB Professor and UMass Amherst Chancellor Richard O'Brien

Our hearts go out to the family of Richard O’Brien, former BMB Professor and UMass Amherst Chancellor, who passed away just before his 94th birthday. Richard joined the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department in 1984, serving as Chancellor from 1991-1993, then as BMB Department Head from 1996-1999. A tree will be planted on campus in his memory.

Headshot of Richard, wearing a black suit and blue bowtie, smiling