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Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Professor Serio received her B.S. in Molecular Biology from Lehigh University in 1991 and completed her graduate work in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics as a fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Yale University (M.Phil 1995, Ph.D. 1997). From 1997 through 2002, she was a post-doctoral fellow of the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fund at the University of Chicago and a recipient of the Howard Temin Award from the National Cancer Institute at Yale University. She joined the faculty at Brown University as an assistant professor in 2002 where she was named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences (2003-2007). In 2008, she was promoted to Associate Professor. In 2012, she moved to the University of Arizona as Professor and Department Head in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and in 2017, she joined the University of Massachusetts-Amherst as Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her research focuses on self-perpetuating protein conformations in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as model for severe neurodegenerative diseases in mammals.


  • 2017–present
    Dean, The University of Massachusetts - Amherst


  • 1997 
    Yale University, PhD/Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • American Society for Cell Biology