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1/22/2014 1/22/2014

Djade Soumana awarded a NIH NRSA and Hope Scholarship!  

Mr. Djade Soumana, a third year graduate student in Dr. Celia Schiffer’s laboratory, was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31) from the National Institute of General Medicine at NIH to support...Read Morefish

1/17/2014 1/17/2014

EMBO Fellowship for Dr. Joerg Braun  

Postdoctoral associate Joerg Braun in the Moore laboratory was awarded an EMBO Long Term fellowship for his proposal, “Single molecule analysis of mammalian spliceosome assembly”. This fellowship will support Joerg’s work...Read Morefish

1/17/2014 1/17/2014

BMP Students score several GSBS Awards  

The 2012 GSBS Student Achievement Awards were held last Friday in the Faculty Conference Room. Four graduate students from BMP Labs were recognized for their outstanding research, mentoring and community service...Read Morefish

1/17/2014 1/17/2014

AHA fellowship for Steven Pauff  

Graduate student Steven Pauff in the Miller Lab was recently awarded an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship for his proposal “Design of Near Infrared Imaging Reagents for the Detection of of Nitric Oxide in Live Cells and Organisms”. This two-year award will support...Read Morefish

7/18/2012 6/28/2013

Brian Kelch and Cynthia Fuhrmann join UMass  

We are delighted to announce that Brian Kelch will be joining the faculty in Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, and, his spouse, Cynthia Fuhrmann will lead graduate student professional development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Brian received his PhD with...Read Morefish

5/1/2012 5/1/2012

Bill Royer receives the 2012 Lamar Soutter Award  

The UMass Medical School community honored the institution’s educators at the 2012 Education Recognition Awards ceremony held on Tuesday, April 10. This annual ceremony, now in its 14th year, brings the campus together to celebrate achievements in teaching and mentoring, and exemplifies the Medical School’s supportive and collaborative learning environment. This year...Read Morefish

10/5/2011 1/17/2014

A Trifecta of Fellowships for BMP Post-docs!  

A Trifecta of Fellowships for BMP Post docs!  Dr. Tracey Lincoln in the Zamore Lab was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, a fellowship awarded by the National Institutes of Health to provide support to promising...Read More fish

8/22/2011 1/17/2014

Tic-Tac-Toe with Multi-drug Resistant Bacteria  

In the August issue of The Journal of General Physiology (JGP), Denice O’Connell (Animal Medicine) and Karen Mruk and Dr. Jessica Rocheleau in the Kobertz Lab reveal that many Xenopus laveis harbor multi-drug resistant bacteria, which live on and kill the oocytes extracted from the animals. These bacteria are the bane...Read More fish

7/8/2011 1/17/2014

Passing-back (Flea-Flicker) Epigenetic Info in PLoS Biology  

In a recent issue of PLoS Biology, Marta Radman Livaja, a post doctoral associate in the Rando Lab, used a novel histone tagging technique to follow histone inheritance through multiple generations. She found ...Read More fish

6/7/2011 1/17/2014

Corrie Painter: 2011 Chancellor’s Award Winner!  

The 2011 GSBS Student Achievement Awards were held last Friday in the Faculty Conference Room. Chancellor Collins started the celebration by awarding Corrie Painter the 2011 Chancellor’s Award...Read More fish

5/9/2011 1/17/2014

Team Schizo's Fission Yeast Comparative Genomics in Science  

Fission yeast is an essential model for studying how cells grow and divide and for untangling the mysteries of chromosomes. But in terms of efforts to fully sequence its DNA...Read More fish

4/19/2011 1/17/2014

Sampling Sequence Space? It's EMPIRIC  

A new study by the Bolon Lab, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describes a novel technique to produce all potential individual mutations and, using deep sequencing technology, simultaneously analyze...Read More fish

4/19/2011 1/17/2014

Moore Lab Molecular Movies in Science Magazine  

Making a movie at the molecular level? A new method of imaging molecule sized machines as they do the complex work of cutting and pasting genetic information inside the nucleus is the...Read More fish

2/24/2011 1/17/2014

Moore Lab publication is a JBC Paper of the Week  

Dr. Alper Kucukural, a computational biologist in Melissa Moore’s Laboratory, and collaborators recent publication was highlighted as the Journal of Biological Chemistry’s “Paper of the Week” in the January 14th...Read Morefish

1/7/2011 1/17/2014

Dekker and Moore receive 2011 ASBMB Awards  

Colleagues, I am extremely pleased to inform you that Melissa Moore and Job Dekker are the recipients of awards from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Melissa has won the...Read Morefish

9/27/2010 1/17/2014

Three New Faculty Join the Department this Fall  

We are delighted to welcome three new faculty members to the Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology Department this fall. Gang Han joins us from the Molecular Foundry at UC Berkeley. Gang will use his formidable skills...Read More fish

9/22/2010 1/17/2014

Support TEAM BMP in the Walk to Cure Cancer!  

Please join and/or support us on Sunday September 26th to walk in memory of our friend and colleague, Kai Lin and in memory and support of many other friends and family members. This year we are also walking to...Read More fish

6/11/2010 1/17/2014

Morin Delivers a Triple Crown Commencement Address  

Trevor Morin, the 2009 GSBS Chancellor’s Award recipient, gave this year’s GSBS Commencement under the Big Top on the UMMS Campus Green. Fighting back a wavering voice at times, Trevor told...Read More fish

6/10/2010 1/17/2014

BMP students sweep 2010 GSBS Awards  

This year’s GSBS Awards were held last Friday as part of the newly minted “Commencement Weekend” Ceremonies. Several GSBS Alumni gathered with current students and UMMS Faculty in the Faculty Conference Room to...Read More fish

3/15/2010 1/17/2014

Chengjian Li receives a 2010 Harold M. Weintraub Award  

Chengjian Li, a graduate student in Phil Zamore’s laboratory, has received a 2010 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award for his thesis work on piwi interacting RNA molecules.  Chengjian is the third BMP graduate student to receive this prestigious award following in the footsteps of...Read More fish

1/20/2010 1/17/2014

John Pagano honored with a NAR-Oxford Journal Award  

For the fourth year running, NAR and Oxford Journals have awarded prizes to students in recognition of their outstanding achievements. This year, John Pagano, a BMP graduate student in the Ryder Lab...Read More fish

11/16/2009 1/17/2014

EUREKA! NIH funds paternal epigenetic inheritance  

The passage of genetic information from one generation to the next allows for the propagation of a species. While nucleic acids provide relative genetic stability, it takes years, if not millennia, for the for the genetic code of a species to adapt to abrupt changes in the environment. Assistant Professor Ollie Rando...Read More fish

10/14/2009 1/17/2014

Dekker and colleagues reveal the 3-D structure of the human genome  

It has been a long standing question how the human genome, which is up to two meters long, is folded up inside the cell nucleus.  The Dekker lab, in collaboration with the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, developed a new molecular technology, Hi-C, for determining the three-dimensional structure of the human genome at high resolution. The results...Read More fish

8/19/2009 1/17/2014

Miller and Alkema receive Gates Foundation Exploration Grant  

Stephen Miller an assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and Mark Alkema an assistant professor of neurobiology have been awarded funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Through...Read More fish

7/30/2009 1/17/2014

Bill Kobertz tapped to be BMP Graduate Director  

As a response to our evolving departmental responsibilities, Bill Kobertz has graciously accepted my invitation to serve as the Director of the BMP Graduate Program. Bill will manage the BMP...Read More fish

7/14/2009 1/21/2014

Welcome to the new BMP Website!  

Hooray!! The new BMP Website went live today. Our site has been redesigned such that the content will be current and useful to departmental members, as well as provide a modern presence on...Read More fish

7/8/2009 1/17/2014

BMP Graduates highlighted at 2009 Commencement  

Nicholas Willis, Marcus Noyes and Trevor Morin were several of the honorees on a picture perfect Commencement afternoon on the UMMS Campus green. Dr. Willis delivered the GSBS Student Commencement Address. He and...Read More fish

4/30/2009 1/17/2014

Marcus Noyes receives a 2009 Harold M. Weintraub Award  

Marcus Noyes, a graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology and Program in Gene Function and Expression, has been selected to receive the 2009 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award sponsored by the Basic Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle...Read More fish

4/3/2009 1/17/2014

Ollie Rando receives a grant to investigate Histone Dynamics  

Dr. Oliver Rando, an assistant professor in BMP, received a new NIH R01 grant entitled, “Genomic Analysis of Histone Replacement Dynamics in Yeast”.  Over the next five years...Read More fish

4/3/2009 1/17/2014

Phil Zamore named HHMI investigator  

Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, the Gretchen Stone Cook Chair in Biomedical Sciences and Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator, one of the most prestigious and sought-after scientific awards in the world...Read More fish

4/3/2009 1/17/2014

Melissa Moore, HHMI Investigator joins BMP Faculty  

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator (HHMI) Melissa J. Moore, PhD, has been appointed Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology with tenure at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). Dr. Moore joins the Medical School from Brandeis University where she was professor of Biochemistry...Read More fish

4/3/2009 1/17/2014

Dr. Hoskins receives an NIH “Kangaroo Grant”  

Dr. Aaron Hoskins, a joint postdoctoral fellow with Melissa Moore and Jeff Gelles (Brandeis University), was awarded an NIH K99 Pathway to Independence Award for developing single molecule methods for studying pre-mRNA splicing...Read More fish

4/3/2009 1/17/2014

Professor Bolon awarded an ACS grant to study protein chaperones  

Dr. Dan Bolon, an assistant professor in BMP, received an American Cancer Society (ACS) grant to study kinase maturation mediated by the Hsp90 orchestrated chaperone system...Read More fish