UMass Amherst Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Dept

UMass Amherst Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Dept The official page for the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UMass Amherst.

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Join the UMass Junior Fellows Program as they host Dr. Jeffrey Karp for a virtual talk on Thursday, November 12th at 5pm...
11/10/2020

Join the UMass Junior Fellows Program as they host Dr. Jeffrey Karp for a virtual talk on Thursday, November 12th at 5pm. Dr. Karp's work focuses on drug delivery, medical devices, tissue adhesives, and stem cell therapeutics. Learn more and register at umass.science/drkarp 🔬🦠

Not even a global pandemic and some chilly weather can stop science! BMB majors Levon Haroutunian '22 and Julia Tupper '...
11/04/2020

Not even a global pandemic and some chilly weather can stop science! BMB majors Levon Haroutunian '22 and Julia Tupper '21 spent yesterday afternoon teaching a local homeschool group about osmosis #science #outreach

Registration for the Spring 2021 semester is coming soon, and our BMB Peer Advisors will be answering your registration ...
10/29/2020

Registration for the Spring 2021 semester is coming soon, and our BMB Peer Advisors will be answering your registration questions at tomorrow's Brown Bag Lunch! Find the Zoom link on the "BMB Community" Moodle page 💻🙋‍♀️

Looking for an internship, co-op, or full time job? Meet with tons of different companies at the Life Sciences & Biotech...
10/27/2020

Looking for an internship, co-op, or full time job? Meet with tons of different companies at the Life Sciences & Biotech Career Fair on Oct 29th (THIS THURSDAY)! Open to Undergrad, Masters, and PhD students. Learn more: https://www.cns.umass.edu/advising/cns-career-center

Calling all BMB Majors! If you'd like to enroll in Biochem 276, Biochem 426, and/or Biochem 430H this Spring, don't forg...
10/26/2020

Calling all BMB Majors! If you'd like to enroll in Biochem 276, Biochem 426, and/or Biochem 430H this Spring, don't forget to complete the batch enrollment forms before midnight tonight. There's no other way to enroll! More info in your email inboxes 💻📨

BMB majors, check your email for information about batch enrollment! This Spring, we are manually building the rosters f...
10/15/2020

BMB majors, check your email for information about batch enrollment! This Spring, we are manually building the rosters for Biochem 276, Biochem 426, and Biochem 430H. Want to enroll in these courses? Learn more: https://forms.gle/ejDcSyVSEVvJ1Dcd7

Congratulations to Prof. Li-Jun Ma, who just received an award from the DOE Joint Genome Institute to continue her resea...
10/07/2020
Li-Jun Ma Receives Joint Genome Institute Award for Fungi Research

Congratulations to Prof. Li-Jun Ma, who just received an award from the DOE Joint Genome Institute to continue her research on a group of soil fungi called Fusaria that are devastating to crops 🌱🌾
https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/li-jun-ma-receives-joint-genome-institute

Professor Li-Jun Ma, biochemistry and molecular biology, has received support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute Community Science Program to conduct in-depth research on a group of soil fungi, Fusaria, that are economically important because they devastate crops.

Have you been playing a lot of Animal Crossing: New Horizons during this pandemic? We want to see your island! Join us t...
09/25/2020

Have you been playing a lot of Animal Crossing: New Horizons during this pandemic? We want to see your island! Join us this Tuesday at 1pm to meet with other BMB majors and share screenshots of your favorite designs, areas, and villagers #anch 😜

Join us for our next BMB Brown Bag Lunch tomorrow at 12:20pm as we hear from recent BMB graduates about what they've bee...
09/24/2020

Join us for our next BMB Brown Bag Lunch tomorrow at 12:20pm as we hear from recent BMB graduates about what they've been doing since graduation! More info on Moodle 🎓🔬

Congratulations to Alejandro Heuck for receiving the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Technology Trans...
09/14/2020
Heuck’s Lab Honored with NIH Small Business Technology Transfer Award

Congratulations to Alejandro Heuck for receiving the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Technology Transfer Award! Dr. Heuck will use the award to continue his work with MicroBiotix Inc. to identify inhibitors in bacterial Type 3 secretion systems 🦠🧫
https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/heuck%E2%80%99s-lab-honored-nih-small-business

Associate professor Alejandro Heuck’s biochemistry lab, in collaboration with Worcester-based Microbiotix, Inc., has been awarded a two-year, $600,000 NIH Small Business Technology Transfer award to develop a high-throughput screening method to identify inhibitors of a bacterial secretion system t...

Calling all arts & crafts lovers! We're hosting a show & tell event on Monday, Sept 14th at noon for students who'd like...
09/11/2020

Calling all arts & crafts lovers! We're hosting a show & tell event on Monday, Sept 14th at noon for students who'd like to show-off their quarantine creations and meet other BMB majors. We can't wait to see all of your cool projects! 🎨🖌✂️

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst
09/02/2020

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

As #NationalImmunizationAwarenessMonth comes to a close, we want to share how a CNS alum is helping advance vaccine research and development.
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Dr. Robert Daniels received his UMass Amherst Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Dept PhD in 2007. Today he’s a Senior Staff Fellow in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration lab that works to improve influenza vaccines. In this photo, Dr. Roberts is with his son Finn on Teneriffe!

Dr. Daniels explains that there are three influenza vaccines available which are based primarily on the major influenza surface antigen hemagglutinin (HA). The lab is researching how influenza vaccines could benefit from adding a second influenza surface antigen, neuraminidase (NA). They’re developing a systematic analysis platform for NA that will complement the current one used for HA.
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Visit http://umass.science/rdaniels to learn more about the research Dr. Daniels is doing in his lab.

BMB Students, Faculty, and Staff: Join us every Friday this semester for our BMB Brown Bag Lunch, where we will continue...
08/27/2020

BMB Students, Faculty, and Staff: Join us every Friday this semester for our BMB Brown Bag Lunch, where we will continue to foster our BMB community virtually! More details in the "BMB Community" Moodle course (assuming Moodle doesn't crash again🤞).

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst
08/21/2020

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

There are lots of ways to connect with fellow UMass Amherst students – even during this time of remote learning and social distancing. Student Life is hosting virtual events for both students at home and on campus to participate in. Tomorrow night at 8pm there’s a Zoom Comedy event with SNL stars Melissa Villasenor and Ego Nwodim, and over the weekend there will be virtual trivia, yoga, and much more!

Check out the Virtual Student Event Calendar here: https://www.umass.edu/studentlife/virtual-student-life

The Stratton Lab has uncovered a new regulatory role for the CaMKII protein, which is vital for learning and memory form...
08/12/2020
Study Shows Detailed Molecular Workings of a Key System in Learning and Memory Formation

The Stratton Lab has uncovered a new regulatory role for the CaMKII protein, which is vital for learning and memory formation 🧠📖
https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/study-shows-detailed-molecular-workings

One of the new realities in biomedical research is that it’s increasingly difficult to use a general approach to score advances. Now, investigations into disease mechanisms, for example, are often conducted at the molecular level by specialists who dedicate years to interrogating a single protein ...

How do cells keep growing even when they're under attack? Researchers in BMB Prof. Peter Chien's lab just published thei...
08/07/2020
How Cells Keep Growing Even When Under Attack

How do cells keep growing even when they're under attack? Researchers in BMB Prof. Peter Chien's lab just published their findings on how bacteria "switch gears" to maintain normal cell functions 🦠🧬
https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/how-cells-keep-growing-even-when-under

In an unexpected new finding, biochemists at UMass Amherst report observing that a damage-containment system in stressed bacteria can become overrun and blocked, but that this leads to cells responding by turning on very different pathways to make sure that normal growth continues.

No one is sure what the Fall 2020 semester is going to look like, but your BMB Advising Team wants to to know that we're...
08/06/2020

No one is sure what the Fall 2020 semester is going to look like, but your BMB Advising Team wants to to know that we're here to support you as we figure it out together! Please reach-out if you have any questions, concerns, or just need someone to listen: https://www.umass.edu/biochem/undergraduate/contacts-undergraduates

07/16/2020
UMass Amherst Student Success

We are super excited for this new project! Check-out the trailer for Trajectory: a Student Success podcast below, and listen to the first episode now out on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/successumass

Volume UP!!! Listen to our Trajectory: a Student Success podcast trailer and get excited for the debut episode later this week!

#myumass
#success
#studentsuccess
#podcastinginplace
#poscast
#umassamherst
#students

07/10/2020
UMass Amherst Office of Admissions

Aww, thanks for the kind words Bryson! 🥰

Meet Bryson, a biochemistry and molecular biology major here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst! How did he become interested in these two types of science? Watch the video! (hint: it involves advice from his mom).
- Videography by Maddie Bottasso '22

UMass Amherst
06/29/2020

UMass Amherst

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy has shared the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan, which details how the fall semester will proceed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

To read the comprehensive report, FAQs, and more, visit umass.edu/coronavirus.

06/22/2020

Huge congratulations to Jenny Krichevsky for her new faculty position at California State University, Fresno! Jenny is a founding member of our Writing Fellows program, and her support of BMB students and faculty has been invaluable to us. We wish her all the best!https://www.umass.edu/biochem/sites/default/files/Jenny%20Krichevsky%20Thank-You.pdf

Grace Jung is the 2020 Student Speaker at Commencement AND Daniela Molina Palacios is a 21st Century Leader?! We're alwa...
05/06/2020
UMass Amherst Student Speaker Grace Jung to Help Lead Virtual Celebration for Class of 2020; 21st Century Leaders Selected

Grace Jung is the 2020 Student Speaker at Commencement AND Daniela Molina Palacios is a 21st Century Leader?! We're always blown away by what our majors achieve, but this is a whole new level. Congratulations Grace and Daniela! We couldn't be prouder 🤩🎓 #UMass2020 #UMassTogether https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/umass-amherst-student-speaker-grace-jung

Student Speaker Grace Jung of UMass Amherst will play a leading role Friday during a virtual celebration of the university’s Class of 2020.

This is great news! We think all BMB majors are fantastic, but it's still exciting to see them recognized for achievemen...
05/06/2020

This is great news! We think all BMB majors are fantastic, but it's still exciting to see them recognized for achievements across UMass. Congratulations Arianna!

Congratulations to Jacob Bashista and Arianna Kazemi, two of the winners of our 2020 Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement Awards!

“The informatics students chosen for this award represent a talented and ambitious first class of graduates from our new BS in informatics program,” said Michelle Trim, senior teaching faculty and informatics program associate director. “Their passion for using computing to explore interdisciplinary pathways for innovation helped us build this program, and we celebrate and honor their achievements.”

Check-out this news report from NBC10 Boston featuring BMB alum Gregory Chiklis '86! Greg is doing his part to fight COV...
04/30/2020
Local Chemist Helps Develop Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Test

Check-out this news report from NBC10 Boston featuring BMB alum Gregory Chiklis '86! Greg is doing his part to fight COVID-19 by developing a rapid antibody test 👨‍🔬
https://www.nbcboston.com/news/coronavirus/local-chemist-helps-develop-rapid-covid-19-antibody-test/2114162/

Dr. Greg Chiklis and his team got emergency FDA approval last week for a tool that could be key in the coronavirus crisis. Rapid COVID-19 antibody tests were developed in a Franklin, Massachusetts, lab and can determine whether you’ve been exposed to the virus and how much immunity you may have. D...

04/29/2020
BMB 2020 Award Ceremony

We couldn't let COVID-19 stop us from celebrating the achievements of our students! Check-out this year's virtual BMB Award Ceremony🏅🙌
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLcCMRJSOlc

In lieu of our annual in-person Academic Awards Ceremony, the UMass BMB Department scheduled a Zoom Awards Ceremony for the Spring 2020 semester. Congratulat...

Great to see BMB senior Vincent Clark featured in this year's #UMassSeniorSeries! Congratulations Vincent #UMass2020 🎓🎉
04/27/2020

Great to see BMB senior Vincent Clark featured in this year's #UMassSeniorSeries! Congratulations Vincent #UMass2020 🎓🎉

"In the high school I went to, I didn’t really take a lot of science classes. During the summer going into senior year of high school, I went to see “Interstellar.” It was right around the time I had to start applying to colleges, and after watching that movie, I was really fascinated by science. I had never heard of physics before, never taken physics, and I thought the movie was really cool. Going into college, I thought I would be a physics major, but physics seemed a little too scary because I had never taken it before. So I thought, cool, let’s try chemistry, but then again, I had never really taken chemistry besides generic chemistry in high school where all you really do is find the temperature of something. I didn’t really want to do biology, but landed on biochem because it was a mix of everything. I thought, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” and wanted to figure out more.

Initially, I didn’t know what I wanted to do after college. I knew that I liked research and that research was interesting. One of the CNS advisors, Tracie Gibson, who was in charge of the research program I’m a part of — LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) — was telling me about how I should look at doing research in the future if I liked it so much. There’s the private route of working in a biotech company, or you could stay in academia and pursue a PhD. She told me about her upbringing, and we discovered we had very similar childhoods, and how she wanted to pursue a PhD because she had always wanted to teach one day, and enjoyed doing research. I started looking into it more, and started talking to people in my lab about why they wanted to get their PhD. A lot of them had similar aspirations to me: they wanted to teach, and really liked doing their research, so I decided I wanted to pursue a PhD, too.

I went through that whole process of getting input from different professors and different mentors, discussing where would be a good fit for me and where I could push myself. I stumbled upon the research at Johns Hopkins, which is pretty groundbreaking in its field, and involves a lot of clinical applications. I found out I got in a few weeks ago, and was deciding between there and another school. It came down to knowing that at Johns Hopkins I could do applied research that would one day end up in the clinic, where I could have a tangible effect on people."

🎓 Vincent Clark
🎓 Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

Vincent is a member of Club Lacrosse, the UMass Powerlifting Team, and a research assistant in the Rotello Lab in the Chemistry department.

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst
04/21/2020

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

What advice would you give the class of 2020?
Let our #CNSSeniors know by contributing a short video or photo to our virtual Senior Celebration!

Everyone is welcome to participate— just direct message us here or email [email protected] with your pics or videos by noon on May 4th.
Your content will then be featured on our Senior Celebration webpage going live on May 8th! Send our seniors off into the world armed with information! And use #CNSCelebrates in all your senior-related posts 🎓
#UMassNaturallyInspiring #UmassAmherst #amherst #graduation #classof2020 #commencement #graduation2020 #virtualgraduation #seniors2020 #seniors #congratulations #seniorcelebration #graduate #umassgraduation #massachusetts #seniorpictures #umassgrad #umassalumni #advice #science #naturalscience #lablife #sciencemajor #sciencegrad #stem #sciencegraduate #naturalsciencegrad UMass Amherst

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