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Research and Innovation to Improve Human Health

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) translates life science research into products that improve human health. This vision is achieved in collaboration with industry partners. Furthermore, IALS trains an entrepreneurial workforce skilled in the discovery, development, and manufacture of medical devices, biomolecules, and delivery vehicles for the life sciences.

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Biochemists Say Small Molecules Have Big Influence in Protein Folding

A graduate student’s surprise observation in fundamental experiments with small binding molecules at work in protein folding has allowed biochemists at UMass Amherst to develop the first firm mathematical foundation to explain cell ligands’ role in promoting proper protein folding. As biochemist Lila Gierasch (M2M) explains, proteins are the macromolecular machines that facilitate a wide array of physiological functions in all organisms.


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