Maravelas Scholarship For Junior Bio Majors

The Department of Biology is pleased to announce the Theresa Biuso Maravelas Memorial Scholarship, which is available to biology majors who are juniors at the time of application. The scholarship will award $1,000 to a student who has clearly demonstrated a passion for Biology, especially in the context of Biology research. To apply, please email the materials listed below to Duncan Irschick (

1. Curriculum vitae/resume (no more than 2 pages).
2. Two letters of reference (this should be emailed directly to the email address above by the recommender; please do not provide only names)
3. A one page statement explaining your passion for biology, especially in the context of research. However, descriptions of other aspects, such as classwork, community service or biological experiences outside UMASS are also welcome.

The application deadline is April 21.

Two Faculty Job Openings

The Biology Department is seeking applicants for 2 Tenure Track positions


Physiological Ecology

Baskin Awarded Marie Curie Fellowship by European Union for Research in UK

Biology professor Tobias Baskin has been awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship from the European Union to support his sabbatical leave at the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom for the 2014-15 academic year.

The UMass news release about the award can be accessed here.

Markstein and Colleagues Use New Approach to Systematically Test Chemotherapy Drugs

Using a new approach to systematically test chemotherapy drugs in fruit flies, Biology assistant professor, Michele Markstein, with colleagues at Harvard Medical School, report that several have a troubling side effect: Inducing hyper proliferation in stem cells that could potentially contribute to tumor recurrence.

Markstein, M., Dettorre, S., Cho, J., Neumuller, R., Craig-Muller, S., & Perrimon, N. (2014). Systematic screen of chemotherapeutics in Drosophila stem cell tumors Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1401160111

The UMass News & Media article is available here.

The full article appearing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) can be accessed here.