- About the Lab
Margaret (Peg) Riley is a Professor in the Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her B.S and M.S. at UMass Amherst and then pursued her Ph.D. at Harvard University. She was a professor at Yale for 15 years prior to returning to join the faculty at UMass Amherst. Early in her career she received a Presidential Young Investigator’s Award for her pioneering research in antimicrobial compounds. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles. In 2007 she co-founded a Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company, Origin Antimicrobials, LLC, involved in the design of novel antimicrobials. In 2008 she created the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of increasing levels of civic science literacy. In this latter capacity, she is overseeing science outreach programs that bring undergraduate science majors into the K-12 science classroom, has created a program to form collaborations between research scientists and K-12 science teachers, and participated in an episode of The Eyes of Nye television series.