The University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) translates fundamental research into innovative product candidates, technologies, and services that deliver benefits to human health and well-being. Our specific objectives are to: (1) Become a catalyst and resource for ‘applied’ and ‘translational’ R&D activities; (2) Establish industry engagement models and industry collaborations; (3) Contribute to workforce development; and (4) Participate in the innovation & entrepreneurship culture on campus.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 5
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Join Sean Burns, Cold Storage Specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific, for a review of best practices for cold storage equipment care and maintenance.
LSL S330
Tuesday, December 5
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
with Joseph DiPietro, Nikon Instruments. Learn about the new Nikon scanning confocal that was just purchased with MLSC funding-NOW for all LMF users.
LSL S340
Friday, December 8

Recent News

On Tuesday, November 7, IALS hosted the third annual UMass Core Facilities Showcase!

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced an award of $3.2 million in research infrastructure grants to be shared by two of the UMass Amherst Core Facilities managed by the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS).

Translational Research

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) will transform life science discoveries into candidate products and services in collaboration with industry to improve human health and well being. IALS extends specific identified research strengths at UMass through its three centers:

Models for Optimized Drug Delivery

Center for Bioactive Delivery

CBD creates new ways to deliver “The right drug to the right place: by creating novel delivery platforms for small and large molecules.”  Developing a wide range of delivery platforms matched to bioactive molecular delivery needs based on fundamental design principles, including nanoemulsions, nanoparticles, hybrid particles, bacteria, and hydrogels.

Wearable Sensors for Precision Healthcare Delivery & Biometric Monitoring

Center for Personalized Health Monitoring

CPHM seeks to tackle real-world problems in the emerging field of digital healthcare, wearable sensor technologies, and personalized, precision healthcare delivery, interfacing closely with provider networks, hospitals, and industry across the Massachusetts Commonwealth, and the world.

Translating Fundamental Biology into New Targets, Leads & Disease Models

Models to Medicine Center

M2M leverages mechanistic insights into molecular pathways implicated in cell health and in disease pathology to identify novel drug targets and therapeutic candidates.

IALS Virtual Tour

In this tour you will discover all of the great resources that are available at the Institute for Applied Life Sciences.

Poster for the IALS virtual tour

Shared Resources

UMass Amherst Core Facilities

We work together with researchers toward a singular goal: advancing applied science and technology to address the world’s most pressing challenges. We offer expertise and resources that create new opportunities, not only for scientific achievement, but also for establishing new models of collaboration.

Raman, IR, and XRF Spectroscopy

Advanced Spectroscopic Analysis of Versatile Organic and Inorganic Samples

AFM facility

Atomic Force Microscopy

Provide analytical and high resolution scanning probed based microscopy, including Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) related techniques as well as force measurements.

Flow Cytometry

Flow Cytometry

Enables researchers to image structures ranging from single molecules to whole model organisms and performs microscope-based high-throughput screens.

Advance your idea from concept to commercialization

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

IALS Venture Development programs are here to help you! Our programs support development of startups and industry partnerships by UMass researchers based upon their technologies and product concepts.


Training the next generation workforce

Student Engagement

Providing students from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) hands-on training and experience in the use and operation of a state-of-the art research equipment, experience gathering data and data analysis, and the development of team science.