I am interested in motivated and outstanding students to join my research program. If you are interested in joining the lab there are two different graduate programs you can apply to at UMass:
Each of these has a different focus within the biological sciences, and the most suitable program for you will depend on your particular research interests. Prior to applying, I encourage you to review the information on each graduate program’s web site. Further information about UMass, the Biology Department, the Graduate School, and the lovely Amherst area can be found at each of the highlighted links. Amherst is often mentioned as one of the top college towns around. See references from MSN.com, away.com, student.com, and the New York TImes.
Feel free to contact me (hazen at bio.umass.edu) with any further questions about applying to graduate school at UMass.
Research experience is an important part of an undergraduate education, and can be of great benefit to the development of your professional career. I periodically accept undergraduates for training in my lab. If you are interested in hands-on laboratory work involving plant genetics and biofuel feedstocks, please contact me. If you are interested in developing your honors thesis in my lab, you should contact me no later than halfway through your Junior year.
Josh Coomey awarded a Chateaubriand Fellowship to conduct research at the Institute Jean-Pierre Bourgin in Versailles, France. He will work with collaborators Richard Sibout and Grégory Mouille to charcaterize the regulation of plant cell wall growth.
Sam Hazen has been selected as a 2015 Marion and Jasper Whiting Fellow. The award will support sabbatical research in France on using phenomics as a teaching and research tool to understand how energy crops grow.
Scientific American article "How to manipulate plants to build a better biofuel" describes our recent paper in the journal Nature as does a New & Views article in the same issue.
Scott Lee receives a DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Award. Scott will conduct part of his Ph.D. research with Dr. John Vogel at the DOE-Joint Genome Institute.
Undergraduate researchers Chrismery Gonzalez and G Robert Mmari were awarded 3rd Best Poster at the GEM G.R.A.D. LAB Symposium in Boston.
Scott Lee has received the 2014-2015 Constantine J. Gilgut Fellowship.
Graduate student Josh Coomey will present the exciting development of a synthesized library of Brachypodium distachyon transcription factors at the DOE-JGI Genomics of Energy and Environment meeting in Walnut Creek California.
New special topic issue published in Frontiers in Plant Science on Lignocellulosic feedstocks: research progress and challenges in optimising biomass quality and yield.