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In Memorium: Robert "Bob" Zimmermann
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Bob Zimmermann, one of BMB's original faculty, passed away on May 9th, 2024 at the age of 86. He will be remembered by his departmental colleagues as a serious and compassionate teacher and a fair colleague, willing to step up for just causes.

May 17, 2024
Owen Hurlbut Lesk '25 named Spring 2024 Rising Researcher
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The Rising Researcher program recognizes undergraduates at UMass Amherst who excel in research, challenge their intellect, and exercise exceptional creativity. Owen's research in the Gierasch Lab aims to improve our understanding of the folding of secreted proteins during their passage through the endoplasmic reticulum in human cells.

April 23, 2024
June Ahn '25 awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
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The Goldwater Scholarship supports students who have a passion for research, potential to contribute to their disciplines, and who plan to pursue a graduate degree. June plans to earn a doctoral degree in virology and become a physician-scientist with specialization in translational sciences and the study of rare and lesser-known diseases, especially genetic disorders.

April 22, 2024
Jennifer Normanly named 2023 AAAS Fellow
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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellowship is among the most prestigious honors bestowed by the scientific community. Jennifer was elected “for distinguished contributions to the field of education, specifically for her role in institutional transformation of teaching practices towards inclusion and equity”.

April 19, 2024
Alice Y. Cheung featured as Spring 2024 Spotlight Scholar
Alice Cheung in lab with plants

Distinguished Professor Alice Y. Cheung has contributed to major advances in the study of plant reproduction.

April 4, 2024
Intergrating authetic research into the classroom
Dr. Amy Springer stands at the end of a lab bench, waving her arms as she explains something to a group of students

A recent manuscript, published in the journal Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, describes how BMB undergraduates engage with authentic research as part of their major requirements. Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) allow students to conduct real-world research in the classroom, such as combating the highly destructive plant pathogen Fusarium oxysporum.

March 19, 2024
Ludmila Tyler co-authors paper reflecting on first year of inclusive community workshops
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Ludmila is on the steering committee for ICABL, an Inclusive Community for the Assessment of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Learning, which offers a series of workshops designed to help teachers develop best practices in measuring student learning. The paper identifies factors that contribute to an effective workshop series.

February 13, 2024
Cheung/Wu Lab discovers key to how plant cells work together in response to stress
Hen-Ming Wu and Alice Cheung.

Their research, published in the journal Cell, identifies the interactions between four compounds (pectin, receptor proteins FERONIA and LLG1, and the signal RALF peptide) and how these interactions sustain plants through challenges like disease and climatic extremes.

February 6, 2024
Heuck Lab sabotages Type 3 secretion systems to prevent pathogens from infecting host cells
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Research from the Heuck lab provides a new tool for disrupting a key piece of machinery, called the Type 3 secretion system, that pathogens use to infect their host cells. Their findings, published in the journal ACS Infectious Diseases, provide a new avenue for combating antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

December 18, 2023

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