Recent News

Now beginning its eleventh year, the campus’s Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), which supports educational activities that enhance biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce diversity, recently was awarded its third grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue funding the program.

It supports students who are exploring the idea of graduate school and seeking research experience to strengthen their applications. The five-year, $1.7 million grant for PREP, overseen by Lynmarie Thompson, chemistry, Shelly Peyton, chemical engineering, and Sandra Petersen, veterinary and animal science, has seen more than 70 students complete UMass PREP, the directors report. Of those, 97 percent were accepted into Ph.D. programs on campus or other institutions. Over 85 percent have finished or are currently enrolled in biomedical or biobehavioral doctoral programs.

Mingxu You of UMass Amherst Chemistry has received the highly prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship award for 2019, and was one of only 23 chemists nationwide to win the award this year.

“Sloan Research Fellows are the best young scientists working today,” and “Sloan Fellows stand out for their creativity, for their hard work, for the importance of the issues they tackle, and the energy and innovation with which they tackle them. To be a Sloan Fellow is to be in the vanguard of twenty-first century science.”, according to the president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Adam F. Falk.

Professor Trisha Andrew, Chemistry, has been selected to present the Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecrure at the ACS Meeting in Orlando this April. The Kavli Foundation Lecture Series, supported by the Kavli Foundation, promotes pioneering discoveries to some of the worlds most pressing challenges.

Lila Gierasch, Distinguished Professor in Chemistry, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, was selected by the American Peptide Society to receive the 2019 Merrifield Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to peptide science. The award named in honor of R. Bruce Merrifield recognizes the lifetime achievement of a peptide scientist.

Gierasch will be presented with the award at the 26th American Peptide Symposium in Monterey, CA, June 22-27, 2019

Upcoming Events

Professor Haipeng Liu
Wayne State
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Engineering

"Beyond Albumin-Hitchhiking:Rational Design of Drug Amphiphiles"

Host:
Mingxu You
11:30 am
1634 LGRT
Fumitoshi Kato
Dissertation Defense
Friday, March 22, 2019

“Synthesis of Transition Metal Ion Doped Metal Benzenechalcogenide Clusters”

3:00 pm
Goessmann 153
Research Adviser:
Kevin R. Kittilstved
Professor Charles R. Sanders
Vanderbilt
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Department of Biochemistry

"Molecular Mechanisms for Sudden Death Caused by Mutations in the KCNQ1 Potassium Channel"

Host:
Lynmarie Thompson
11:30 am
1634 LGRT
William L. Harrigan
Dissertation Defense
Friday, March 29, 2019

“Modulating Dopant-Defect Interactions in Transition Metal Doped Colloidal Strontium Titanate Nanocrystals”

1:00 pm
GSMN 153
Research Adviser:
Kevin R. Kittilstved
Bin Liu
Dissertation Defense
Friday, March 29, 2019

“Molecular Designs of Novel Responsive Assemblies for Therapeutic Delivery Applications”

3:00 pm
153 GSMN
Research Adviser:
S. Thayumanavan