Jun 24, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology

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Boston Faculty

Steven M. Ackerman (Biology Department), PhD, University of Pennsylvania

  • Gene Regulation in Plants and Animals

Gregory Beck (Biology Department), PhD, State University of New York, Stony Brook

  • Evolutionary and Molecular Immunology

Jennifer Bowen (Biology Department), PhD, Boston University

  • Microbial and Ecosystem Ecology
  • Biogeochemistry

Kenneth L. Campbell (Biology Department), PhD, University of Michigan

  • Reproductive Endocrinology

Robert Chen (School for the Environment), PhD, University of California San Diego

  • Environmental Monitoring

Adan Colon-Carmona (Biology Department), PhD, University of California Irvine

  • Plant Signal Transduction and Molecular Biology

Ron J Etter (Biology Department), PhD, Harvard University

  • Evolution and Ecology of Marine Invertebrates

Katherine Gibson (Biology Department), PhD, Princeton University

  • Microbial Molecular Genetics
  • Cell Signaling

Andrew Grosovsky, PhD, Harvard University

  • Genome Stability
  • Mutagenesis

William Hagar (Biology Department), PhD, Temple University

  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Biochemistry

Linda Huang (Biology Department), PhD, California Institute of Technology

  • Cell Biology
  • Regulation of Cell Morphology

Richard Kesseli (Biology Department), PhD, University of California at Davis

  • Comparative Genomics
  • Molecular Genetics

Jill Macoska, PhD, City University of New York

  • Biochemistry
  • Personalized Cancer Therapy

Curtis Olsen (School for the Environment), PhD, Columbia University

  • Ecological Processes and Bioremediation

Alexia Pollack (Biology Department), PhD, University of Virginia

  • Neuropharmacology
  • Neuroanatom

Liam Revell (Biology Department), PhD, Harvard University

  • Bioinformatics
  • Evolutionary Biology

Todd Riley, PhD, Rutgers University

  • Gene Regulation
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Computational Biology
  • Bioinformatics

William E. Robinson (School for the Environment), PhD, Northeastern University

  • Aquatic Toxicology

Kellee Segfried, PhD, University of Wisconsin Madison

  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics

Michael P. Shiaris (Biology Department), PhD, University of Tennessee

  • Microbial Physiology

Rachel C. Skvirsky (Biology Department), PhD, Harvard University

  • Molecular Genetics

Robert Stevenson (Biology Department), PhD, University of Washington

  • Animal Physiology

Manickam Sugumaran (Biology Department), PhD, Indian Institute of Science

  • Protein Chemistry and Enzymology

Alexey Veraksa (Biology Department), PhD, University of California at San Diego

  • Cell Signaling
  • Gene Regulation in Development

The Program

The Multicampus Joint PhD Program in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology (BMEBT) is a cross-disciplinary program designed to link research and graduate education at the Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester campuses of the University of Massachusetts. The BMEBT program exemplifies the advantages of bringing together a broad array of allied disciplines (biology, chemistry, computer science, clinical laboratory science, engineering, physics) that emphasizes the development of new technologies and application of research to contemporary biomedical health problems. The BMEBT program is unique in that it is open to a wide range of baccalaureate degree recipients with engineering, physical science, life science, and related backgrounds and that it emphasizes a multidisciplinary, team approach in course/seminar presentations, laboratory rotations, and joint projects prior to dissertation topic specialization. Students enrolled in the BMEBT program take a range of courses across the four UMass campuses.

Each campus involved in this program has different strengths that will appeal to different subsets of BMEBT students. The Boston campus accepts applicants to the BMEBT program whose primary interest is in the biotechnology specialization within the program, as that specialization is optimally aligned with the research interests and strengths of campus faculty. Students interested in biomedical engineering specializations should apply to other UMass campuses.

Applicants to the BMEBT program at UMass Boston are encouraged to identify a faculty member performing research that fits well with their own research interests before application to the program. BMEBT researchers at UMass Boston integrate basic research in cellular, molecular, and organismal biology of bacteria, plants, invertebrates, and mammals.

Facilities and Resources

The UMass Boston Biology Department’s modern facilities support a broad spectrum of research interests. The well-equipped research laboratories contain facilities for automated DNA sequencing and analysis, real-time quantitative PCR, electron, light, fluorescence and confocal microscopy, filmless autoradiography and fluorescence imaging, protein analysis and chromatography, electrophysiology, molecular biology, video analysis, and animal care. BMEBT researchers at UMass Boston are supported by grant awards from the NSF, NIH, USDA, NOAA, ONR, and National Sea Grant.



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