Jun 23, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

Biotechnology and Biomedical Science

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Kamaljit Bawa (Biology Department), PhD, Punjab University

  • Conservation and Conservation Genetics

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

  • Immunology
  • Cytokine Evolution

Changmeng Cai (Biology Department), PhD, State University of New York, Stony Brook

  • Cancer Biology
  • Epigenetics
  • Personalized Cancer Therapy

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

  • Cell Physiology
  • Endocrinology

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

  • Organic Geochemistry
  • In Situ Instrumentation

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

  • Plant Signal Transduction and Molecular Biology

Ron Etter (Biology Department), PhD, Harvard University

  • Ecology and Evolution

Katherine Gibson (Biology Department), PhD, Princeton University

  • Microbial Molecular Genetics
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions

Andrew Grosovsky (Biology Department), PhD, Harvard University

  • Genome Stability
  • Mutagenesis

William Hagar (Biology Department), PhD, Temple University

  • Photosynthesis

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

  • Cell Biology
  • Regulation of Cell Morphology

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

  • Comparative Genomics
  • Molecular Genetics

Jill Macoska (Biology Department), PhD, City University of New York

  • Biochemistry
  • Personalized Cancer Therapy

Catherine McCusker (Biology Department), PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Regeneration

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

  • Neuropharmacology
  • Neuroanatomy

Liam Revell (Biology Department), PhD, Harvard University

  • Bioinformatics
  • Evolutionary Biology

Todd Riley (Biology Department), PhD, Rutgers University

  • Gene Regulation
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Computational Biology
  • Bioinformatics

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

  • Aquatic Toxicology

Kellee Siegfried (Biology Department), PhD, University of Wisconsin Madison

  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics

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

  • Microbiology
  • Microbial Physiology

Rachel Skvirsky (Biology Department), PhD, Harvard University

  • Molecular Genetics
  • Microbiology

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

  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Informatics

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

  • Protein Chemistry and Enzymology
  • Insect Biochemistry

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

  • Cell Signaling
  • Gene Regulation in Development

Brian White (Biology Department), PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Science Education


Douglas Woodhams (Biology Department), PhD, James Cook University, Australia

  • Disease Ecology and Evolution

The Program

The Program in Biotechnology and Biomedical Science offers both the master of science degree in biotechnology and biomedical science, and a graduate certificate in biotechnology.


The modern facilities of the university’s Biology Department support current research techniques in biotechnology and biomedical science. Graduate students can work in special, well-equipped research laboratories with access to equipment such as DNA sequencing and analysis, real-time PCR, wide-field and confocal microscopy, image analysis, protein and DNA analysis, immunoassays, a greenhouse, and appropriate animal care facilities.

Eligibility for Courses

All 600-level courses, with the exception of BIOL 694 , BIOL 698 , and BIOL 699 , are open to appropriately prepared advanced undergraduates and nonmatriculated students, and all 600-level courses require the permission of the instructor. Please consult UMass Boston’s undergraduate catalog for complete information about the undergraduate courses listed as required preparation for individual graduate-level courses.

Descriptions of courses required of all MS students appear below. Descriptions of elective courses may be found in the “Biology ,” “Chemistry ,” “Environmental Sciences ,” and “Applied Physics ” sections of Course Descriptions.


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