Lynn Adler selected as STRIDE Fellow and Receives NSF Grant

Lynn Adler has been selected as a STRIDE fellow for this upcoming year.
Additinally, she has been awarded a new $2.4 million NSF grant via the Integrative Biology program. She is the lead PI; Laura Figueroa of the Environmental Conservation Department is a co-PI, and there are 5 other collaborating institutions. The grant title is: Collaborative Research: Integrating molecular, cellular, organismal and community scales to understand how plants structure pollinator-pathogen dynamics.

Read more about the fellowship HERE.

Tobias Baskin Receives NSF Grant for Dynamic Zonation in the Plant Root

Tobias Baskin has been awarded an NSF grant.

The funding is for 3 years. The project is a collaborative grant, between Tobias Baskin and Professor K. Palaniappan at the University of Missouri. Funding for UMass is $567,233 (total award is $705,822).

The objective of the project is to understand the coordinated regulation of cell division and elongation in the plant root. The project uses moderate temperature as a perturbation and thus might also reveal how roots acclimate to changing ambient temperature. The work at Missouri will develop advanced image analysis methods for quantifying root growth.

The attached photo is a picture of roots at various temperatures.

Christiane Healey Selected as ADVANCE Fellow and STRIDE Fellow

Christiane Healey has been selected as an ADVANCE fellow and as a STRIDE fellow for this upcoming year.

Read more about each of these fellowships HERE and HERE.

Margaret Riley Receives 2021 Mahoney Life Sciences Prize

Margaret “Peg” Riley has been awarded the Mahoney Life Sciences Prize for her pathbreaking research into bacteriocin-based antimicrobials, or drugs that are both effective against drug-resistant microbes and result in fewer side effects.

Read more HERE.

Downes and Pak Win 2021 Armstrong Fund for Science Award

The Armstrong Fund for Science at UMass Amherst has announced that its 2021 award will go to Gerald Downes, biology, and ChangHui Pak, biochemistry and molecular biology, for their collaborative project that seeks to better understand how mutation of a gene known as TBCK disrupts brain development. Mutations in the TBCK gene cause a rare, severe, poorly understood neurological disease called TBCK Syndrome. Downes and Pak will receive a two-year, $40,000 grant to support preliminary investigations in preparation for a full-blown research effort.

Read more HERE.