Brief profiles of recent and ongoing research by Amherst College’s faculty and students in Biology. Please see the News Archives for older entries. 

The Trapani lab at the 29th Annual N.E.U.R.O.N. Conference

On the last Sunday of February, Prof Trapani took a campus van loaded with 7 students from his lab (6 undergrads plus a UMass graduate student) to the 29th Annual N.E.U.R.O.N. (NorthEast Undergraduate Research On Neuroscience) Conference at Quinnipiac University in CT. Four of the students presented their own research and Christina Hansen ‘17 won best poster out of over 100 posters presented that day. In addition to a keynote talk, the students spent time at the poster session and attending 1-hour workshops before sharing lunch with other conference attendees.

Jeong Lab: Professor Jeong publishes article in The Journal of Biological Chemistry

Published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, July 2016

MacDiarmid CW, Taggart J, Jeong J, Kerdsomboon K, and Eide DJ

“Activation of the yeast UBI4 polyubiquitin gene by Zap1 viaan intragenic promoter is critical for zinc-deficient growth”

Stability of many proteins requires zinc. This work highlights the importance of the ubiquitin-proteasome system for protein homeostasis when zinc supplies are inadequate in cells.

Prof. Trapani and Students Publish Research in Journal of Physiology

Eileen Troconis’15, Alex Ordoobadi’15, Tom Sommers’16, Razina Aziz-Bose’14, Ashley R. Carter and Josef G. Trapani published their research on “Intensity-dependent timing and precision of startle response latency in larval zebrafish” in The Journal of Physiology in May 2016.