People

Faculty

Wei Chen
Chair of Biochemistry, Marilyn Dawson Sarles, M.D. Professor of Chemistry

The primary research goal of Professor Chen's interdisciplinary research group is to use materials chemistry to understand and impart important surface phenomena, such as wetting and bio-compatibility of polymeric and inorganic substrates. The selected projects are contemporary, relevant in the field, and feasible for undergraduate researchers and to use the tools of organic, analytical, bio-, physical chemistry.

413-538-2224
G22D Carr Laboratory
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Jason Andras, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
413-538-2891
Clapp 100
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Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Professor Broaders' research interests focus on the interaction of living cells with their material surroundings. He employs the tools of organic synthesis to prepare materials with tailored properties like shape, stiffness, permeability, or response to external stimulus. The responses of cells to these designed properties allows him to assay the way they integrate information about their surroundings and make behavioral choices.

413-538-3658
G22A Carr Laboratory
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Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Amy Hitchcock Camp investigates how bacteria—once assumed to be antisocial organisms—“talk” with one another to coordinate complex biological processes. More specifically, she studies the bacterium Bacillus subtilis (a harmless relative of the Anthrax-causing bacterium Bacillus anthracis), which can transform itself into a metabolically dormant and environmentally resistant spore.

413-538-3433
120A Carr Laboratory
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Amy Frary, Professor of Biological Sciences
Professor of Biological Sciences

Professor Frary's research focuses on studying the genetic architecture and evolution of plant genomes, largely through the analysis of quantitative traits and comparative genome mapping. She is equally at home among biologists who work at the molecular level and chemists who work at the biological level. Frary has worked with students on the Howard Hughes Summer Research Training program on such topics as the DNA fingerprinting of plants.

413-538-3015
120C Carr Laboratory
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Professor of Chemistry

Professor Hamilton and his students use the tools of synthetic organic chemistry to prepare molecular systems with designed properties or functions. These molecular systems can bind and transport, or bind and recognize, a species of interest. Current projects involve the preparation of transport systems for metal ions employed in medical imaging techniques, as well as the development of a prototype molecular construct for carbohydrate recognition. Hamilton's research with undergraduate students has been published most recently in the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Crystal Growth and Design, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

413-538-3427
G02A Carr Laboratory
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Professor of Biological Sciences

Professor Knight is the editor of both volumes of Encyclopedia of Genetics, the author of numerous articles, and a contributor to many textbooks and encyclopedias. His current research interests include mitochondrial ribosomal biogenesis in yeast, the fine-structure analysis of mitochondrial genes in yeast, and genetically engineered ribozyme expression in yeast.

413-538-2487
105 Clapp Laboratory
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Kathryn McMenimen
Claire Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Chemistry, on leave 2015-16

Professor McMenimen is interested in the chemical interactions that underlie biological systems. Her research group uses tools at the interface of chemistry, biochemistry, neuroscience, and biophysics to study one type of molecular chaperone, the small heat shock proteins. McMenimen is particularly interested in protein homeostasis and how dysfunction of molecular chaperones contributes to protein misfolding diseases, such as, cataracts, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other neurological diseases.

413-538-3375
G22B Carr Laboratory
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Alan van Geissen

Alan van Giessen

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Professor van Giessen uses theoretical and computational techniques to understand the structure and thermodynamics of both complex and simple systems. His research focus has focused on the destabilization of a test protein and its potential to provide a mechanism for nucleating misfolded aggregates complicit in diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Huntington's Disease. A second area of focus is the energetic properties of curved interfaces, such as liquid drops or micelles. Van Giessen teaches a wide range of courses including both general chemistry and physical chemistry and including a seminar course entitled “Poisons: Death by Chemistry”.

413-538-2449
G02C Carr Laboratory
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Professor of Biological Sciences

Dubbed the "Fly Room," Craig Woodard's laboratory is nearly always buzzing with activity. It's here that Woodard and his students breed the common fruit fly—Drosophila melanogastar—to study how steroid hormones affect animal development, analyzing genes that act to turn a fruit fly from a larva into an adult insect. Says Woodard, "From what we learn we can make inferences about how genes are controlling the development of a human. By studying a model organism like a fruit fly we're learning the rules."

413-538-3056
105 Carr Laboratory
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Staff

Dianne Baranowski

Senior Administrative Assistant
413-538-2611
106 Carr Laboratory
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Laurie Lentz-Marino, Laboratory Instructor

Laurie Lentz-Marino

Laboratory Instructor
413-538-2106
106 Carr Laboratory
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