- Professor Luis De Leon along with his lab just had their paper entitled, "Exploring the effects of salinization on trophic diversity in freshwater ecosystems: a quantitative review" published in Hydrobiologia.
- Professor Manickam Sugumaran had his paper entitled, "Reactivities of Quinone Methides versus o-Quinones in Catecholamine Metabolism and Eumelanin Biosynthesis" chosen as one of the three best papers in the review section for the International Journal of Molecular Science.
- Assistant Professor Jens Rister along with his lab attended the Diwali celebration.
- The Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy awarded a 5-year R01 grant from NCI/NIH to Assistant Professor of Biology & Cancer Biology Changmeng Cai to support a translational project in developing a new strategy to treat late-stage prostate cancer.
- The McCusker Lab along with the Siegfried Lab had a paper published entitled "A New and Improved Algorithm for the Quantification of Chromatin Condensation from Microscopic Data Shows Decreased Chromatin Condensation in Regenerating Axolotl Limb Cells."
- Assistant Professor Kate McCusker and Post-Doc Warren Vieira had a chapter published in a new book on regenerative engineering about the Developmental Plasticity and tissue integration.
- Assistant Professor of Biology & Cancer Biology Changmeng Cai along with his lab and the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy had a manuscript accepted by Oncogene. The first author Wanting Han is a Biology Graduate Student. The manuscript is entitled, "Reactivation of androgen receptor-regulated lipid biosynthesis drives progression of castration-resistant prostate cancer."
- Biology Professor Michael Rex has been appointed to Distinguished Professor of Biology.
- Assistant Professor of Biology Douglas Woodhams has brought in Dr. Molly Bletz, a Smith Conservation Fellow. Dr. Bletz is starting a two year project with the Woodhams Lab entitled, "Proactive Conservation: Curbing the Threat of an Emerging Salamander Pathogen by Assessing Disease Risk and Developing Effective Mitigation Strategies."
- Biology Professor Robert Stevenson was quoted several times in an article entitled "Partnership with the Public" in Pesquise. Pesquise is a magazine from São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and it's mission is to foster research and development in the state of São Paulo.
- Biology Professor Michael Shiaris received the EPA award for work on the Boston Harbor Cleanup. To learn more, click here.
- Assistant Professor Luis De Leon had an article published in the journal Ecology entitled, "Tropical Fish Community does not Recover 45 Years After Predator Introduction." This article was a collaboration with Diana Sharpe and the Smithsonian Institution in Panama. To read this article, click here.
- Biology Professor Robert Stevenson lead a four day workshop on Citizen Science in Brazil at the University of São Paulo along with the Butantan Institute. He also collaborated with Professor Antonio Saraiva University of São Paulo, School of Engineering (POLI) Agricultural Engineering, Computer Engineering, & Ecological Engineering.
- Lecturer of Biology Reinmar Seidler's proposal to run a 'Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Lab' in Guyana in May 2017 has been accepted. Just ten ‘SDG Labs’ (out of over 300 competing applications from all over the world) are being funded by Future Earth (an international NGO promoting sustainable development) and the Stockholm Resilience Centre, based at Stockholm University. To learn more, click here.
- Assistant Professor of Biology Doug Woodhams published a paper on mosquito microbiomes in Frontiers in Microbiology entitled, "Mosquito Microbiome Dynamics, a Background for Prevalence and Seasonality of West Nile Virus."
- Assistant Professor of Biology Jens Rister was featured in an article in UMass Boston News entitled, "UMass Boston Researcher Uses Fly Eyes to Understand Colorblindness and Cancer." To learn more, click here.
- Assistant Professor of Biology Jens Rister was awarded a three-year R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Eye Institute (NEI/NIH).
- Assistant Professor from the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy Shailja Pathania was just awarded the Department of Defense’s Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Breakthrough Award. The BCRP challenges the scientific community to design research that will address the urgency of ending breast cancer. To learn more, click here.
- Distinguished Professor from the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy Jill Macoska co-edited a special issue of Annals of Translational Medicine focused on the Microbiome in Urologic Health and Disease. She also co-authored a paper published in Scientific Reports on Urine Metabolisms.
- Distinguished Professor from the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy Jill Macoska and Assistant Professor Changmeng Cai co-authored two publications. The first article is entitled "A Novel Nonsense Mutation in Androgen Receptor Confers Resistance to CYP17 Inhibitor Treatment in Prostate Cancer." The second article is entitled "Androgen Receptor Tumor Suppressor Function is Mediated by Recruitment of Retinoblastoma Protein."
- The Macoska Laboratory has had two abstracts accepted by the American Urological Association Annual Meeting that will be held in Boston in May 2017. They also had another accepted by the 2017 Keystone Symposia on Injury, Inflammation and Fibrosis to be held in Snowbird Utah in March 2017.
Graduate and PhD Student Achievements
- Graduate student Genevieve Davis had her paper published in Scientific Reports entitled "Long-Term Passive Acoustic Recordings Track the Changing Distribution of North Atlantic Right Whales (Eubalaena glacialis) from 2004 to 2014." She gave a joint presentation with Philip Hamilton (New England Aquarium) at the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium in Halifax, N.S. Canada entitled "Right Whale Distribution: Historical Perspectives and Recent Shifts." She gave a presentation at the 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Halifax, N.S., Canada entitled "Tracking Changes in Movement Patterns and Occurrence in Four Baleen Whale Species from 2004 to 2016 throughout the Western North Atlantic Ocean Using Passive Acoustics." She is planning on giving a third presentation at a conference in the coming months.
Graduate Student Tenzing Ingty had his article accepted for publication in the journal Climatic Change. The article is entitled, "High Mountain Communities and Climate Change: Adaptation, Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Institutions."
- Graduate Student Laura Howes is presenting at the 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals from October 22-27, 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her talk is entitled, "Evaluating Recreational Whale Watcher Adherence to the Northeast Regional Whale Watching Guidelines", which is based on field data she has been collecting for her work with the New England Aquarium Whale Watch for the last two seasons.
- Graduate Student Laura Ganley received $9653.00 from National Geographic to pursue her research on North Atlantic Right Whales. To read her article "How Many Right Whales Do We Miss?," click here.
- Graduate Student Genevieve Davis presented at the Marine Mammal Commission Annual Meeting in Falmouth, MA on "Large Scale Monitoring of Species Distribution Patterns Across the Western North Atlantic." To learn more, click here.
- Graduate Student Casey McCabe presented her work as a speaker at the MIT xTalks: Digital Discourses Series. To view the video recording, click here.