People

Mandy Muller
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, UMass Amherst
mandymuller@umass.edu
Education:
– Damon Runyon Postdoc Fellow , Glaunsinger lab, UC Berkeley, CA, USA
– Ph.D in Virology with Caroline Demeret, Institut Pasteur, Université Paris VII, Paris, France
– Master’s degree in Biology, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Lyon, France
Research interests: Oncogenic viruses, RNA decay, Comparative virology.
About me: I was born in the South of France, I always loved Science and was always fascinated by Viruses. When not sciencing in the lab, I like to paint (drawings on this website are all homemade!), hike and bake.

Angelina Cicerchia
Sophomore Undergraduate Student, Department of Microbiology, UMass Amherst
acicerchia@umass.edu
Education:
-North Andover High School, North Andover MA
-BS of Microbiology candidate at UMass Amherst
General Research Interests: Pathology, Virology
About Me: I grew up in eastern Massachusetts in a town called North Andover. I’ve always had a deep interest in the natural sciences. I am particularly fascinated by microbes and the complexity of these small organisms, as well as their dominating presence in our lives. In my free time I like to cook, hike, and go to the beach.

 

Danielle Hoffman 
Sophomore Undergraduate Student, Department of Biology, UMass Amherst
drhoffman@umass.edu
Education:
– Shrewsbury High School, Shrewsbury, MA
– B.S of Biology and Public Health candidate at UMass Amherst
General Research Interests: Virology, pathology, and Infectious Diseases.
About Me: I was raised in a suburban town outside of Boston, MA called Shrewsbury. I’ve been fascinated with biology for as long as I can remember, which specifically piqued my interest in infectious diseases. In my down time, I love to travel, spend time with my pets, and play the piano.

 

Deirdre Keane
Freshman Undergraduate Student, Department of Biology, UMass Amherst, dgkeane@umass.edu
Education:
–  Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, Cambridge MA
–  BS in Biology and Public Health candidate at UMass Amherst
General Research Interests: Infectious diseases, virology
About me: I grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, so I was always immersed in the middle of a city full of scientific research and innovation. I am very interested in learning about the relationship between public health policy and virology. In my free time I like to dance, read, and hike.

 

Daniel MacVeigh-Fierro
First Year Doctoral Student, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. dmacveighfie@umass.edu
Education:
-B.S. in Biology and Biotechnology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester MA
-Ph.D in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Research Interests: RNA-Protein Interactions, Phase Separations, Structural Biochemistry, Microscopy
About me: I developed an interest in virology lets see my first year of my PhD. I have always had an interest in science ever since I wanted to be a Marine Biologist at 5. It got more serious once I found out about how DNA/RNA/proteins and how they make up and control everything. The mechanisms of RNA and protein interactions in viruses fascinate me. Although RNA is a new passion but I desire to understand it fully so I can help people in need of RNA therapies. I have the problem of uncontrollably singing every genre of music wherever I go. Outside of the lab I am an avid reader (does anyone have bookshelves I can take?), gamer, D&D enthusiast, and swimmer.

Jacob Miles
First Year Masters Student, Department Of Microbiology, UMass Amherst, jmmiles@umass.edu
Education:
-Pittsford Mendon High School, Pittsford, NY
-B.S. of Forensic Science and B.S. of Biotechnology University of New Haven, New Haven, CT
-M.S. of Microbiology Candidate at UMass Amherst
Research Interests: Bacteriophages (Phage therapy), Viral-Host interactions, Biofilms, Antibiotic Resistance, Gut Flora, Chaperone Proteins, Prions
About Me: My interests in microbiology developed during my undergraduate studies when I was exposed to bacteriophages and biofilms. I currently hope to one day pursue research relating to viral importance in prion based diseases and conditions involving protein plaques, such as Alzheimer’s, as well as the application of bacteriophages in combating the further development of antibiotic resistance and as a means of disrupting biofilms. In my free time I enjoy reading, creative writing, cooking, and miniature painting.

William Rodriguez
First Year Doctoral Student, Department of Microbiology, UMass Amherst, williamrodri@umass.edu
Education: 
-B.S. in Biotechnology, Worcester State University, Worcester, MA
-Ph.D. in Microbiology Candidate at UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA
Research Interests: Molecular Virology, Viral Immune Evasion, Viral Evolution and Viral Pathogenesis
About Me: I love to describe science as something of a “silent orchestra”, and as a researcher, I have a front row seat to the main performance. My passion for virology stems from my desire to further understand the biological mechanisms by which viruses seize control from their hosts to promote virus continuity. In doing so, I wish to expand our current understanding on the origins of viruses and the evolutionary pressures they both exert and overcome. Outside the lab, I am an avid move watcher, gamer, and an enthusiast of anime and Japanese culture.

Alumni:
Quentin Bethune: Undergraduate Student, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UMass Amherst.  Now in the Post-Bac program  at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.
Aman Srivastav: Undergraduate Student, Department of Biology, UMass Amherst. Now a Research Associate in the cardiology department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

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