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Institute for Applied Life Sciences

Research and Innovation to Improve Human Health

Research Highlight

The Challenge
How to broadly enable the design of antibody-targeted drugs with enhanced potency and optimized release profiles?

Research Highlight

The Challenge
The membrane protects the cell from the outside world and is an important site for catalysis and signaling. It is also regularly attacked by pathogens. Investigators in the membrane recognition and binding thrust address the challenges of...


Anika Therapeutics Announces Strategic Collaboration with the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Professors Sankaran Thayumanavan and Lisa Minter partner with Anika Therapeutics, Inc. in a research collaboration to focus on innovative therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. Learn more ...


More than 100 faculty plus students and staff from 3 colleges and 16 departments, conduct research and engage in hands-on education and training through IALS.


  • $150 million in new facilities and state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment
  • Industry Collaboratories
  • Prototype development and testing