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2010 Annual Report on Research at UMass Amherst highlights energy research on campus

The 2010 Annual Report on Research at UMass Amherst highlights energy research on campus including the use of Brachypodium distachyon as a model system for energy crop research and Sue Leschine's discovery and development of Clostridium phytofermentans, a microbe that converts biomass to ethanol.

Dr. Wenjuan "Anita" Fang has joined the Baskin lab as a postdoctoral research fellow

Dr. Wenjuan "Anita" Fang has joined the Baskin lab as a postdoctoral research fellow. Dr. Fang received her Ph.D. in turfgrass science from Beijing Forestry University in 2008 and since then has been working as a postdoc in the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Genetics and Development Biology in Beijing. She will be working on the B. distachyon project in the Baskin lab.

Undergraduate lab assistant Mike Veling awarded a Commonwealth College Research Fellowship

A sophomore majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mike Veling has provided key support in the Hazen laboratory since his freshman year. He is constructing a multifunctional B. distachyon transcription factor ORFeome. In addition to developing this valuable reagent, he is conducting a phylogenetic analysis of specific protein families believed to play a role in the regulation of cell wall biosynthesis.

Commonwealth College Research Fellowship

Tobias Baskin gave the keynote address at Deuxième Journée Scientifique du Grand Réseau de Recherche Végégetal, Agronomie et Tranformation des Agro-ressources

Tobias Baskin gave the keynote address at Deuxième Journée Scientifique du Grand Réseau de Recherche Végégetal, Agronomie et Tranformation des Agro-ressources. Oct 15th 2010, Rouen, France. His talk was titled "Plant cell walls: From synthesis to degradation" and overviewed some of the challenges and opportunites in biofuel research, emphasizing B. distachyon.

Caicedo and Hazen receive support from DOE Joint Genome Institute for sequencing project

The DOE Joint Genome Institute announces 35 projects for their 2011 Community Sequencing Program portfolio, among them a project from co-PIs Caicedo and Hazen to sequence 50 additional B. distachyon accessions.