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IALS was established in 2014, based on a total investment of more than $150 million from the Massachusetts Life Science Center (MLSC) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Our vision for the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) is to translate fundamental research into innovative product candidates, technologies, and services that deliver benefits to human health and well-being. To achieve this vision we combine deep and interdisciplinary expertise of more than 200 faculty led research groups from 29 departments on the UMass Amherst campus, with the diverse capabilities from industry and government partners.

The Institute is organized into three large centers that focus on creating state-of-the-art wearable devices in the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring (CPHM), new types of biomolecule/delivery vehicle combinations in the Center for Bioactive Delivery (CBD), and discovering novel disease-related cellular pathways, drug-targets, and therapeutic candidates in the Models to Medicine (M2M) Center.

IALS has also just launched more than 30 Core Facilities – that facilitate a wide range of projects, from device prototyping, precision manufacturing and roll-to-roll fabrication, to human motion and gait studies, calorimetry, magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, as well as, EEG and sleep studies. These facilities are equally accessible to academic, government, and industry collaborators.

In close proximity to these core facilities are “Collaboratories” – lab space available to industry partners to work closely with and alongside IALS faculty. Our Industry Sabbatical Program allows industry researchers to spend time embedded in UMass research laboratories or in the IALS Core Facilities.

In summary, IALS works with industry partners to combine the best in academic innovation with an industry-like focus on delivering commercially significant products, services, and technologies over a defined timeline. Hence, by design, IALS is product-focused, interdisciplinary, collaborative, outward-looking, and entrepreneurial. To explore how IALS can help you advance your goals, please reach out to us at contactials@umass.edu.

IALS Team

Peter H. Reinhart, PhD
Founding Director
Joseph Bardin, PhD
Joseph Bardin, PhD
High Frequency Sensor Development Laboratory & Sensor Integration Codirector
Lizz Bartlett, PhD
Lizz Bartlett, PhD
Biophysical Characterization Director, Bioproduction/Separation Interim Director
Candace Berrena
Candace Berrena
Executive Assistant
Amy Burnside, PhD
Amy Burnside, PhD
Flow Cytometry Director, Animal Imaging Facility Director
Michael Busa, PhD
Michael Busa, PhD
Human Testing Center Director
James Chambers, PhD
James Chambers, PhD
Light Microscopy Director, Cell Culture Director
Jianhan Chen, PhD
Jianhan Chen, PhD
Computational Modeling Director
Hannah Choi
Hannah Choi
Center Administrator
Charlene Coleman
Charlene Coleman
Core Facilities Accountant
Wei Cui
Director of Animal Models
Eric Decker
Eric Decker
Nutriceutical Formulation Director
Xian Du, PhD
Xian Du, PhD
Assistant Professor - Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Shane Duclos
Shane Duclos
Facilites Manager-Life Science Laboratories
Dr. Volodimyr V. Duzhko
Dr. Volodimyr V. Duzhko
Electronic Materials
Stephen Eyles, PhD
Stephen Eyles, PhD
Mass Spectrometry Director
Jasna Fejza
Jasna Fejzo, PhD
NMR Spectroscopy
Dave Follette
Dave Follette
Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication Director, Device Characterization Director
Deepak Ganesan
Deepak Ganesan
Mobile Health Sensing and Analytics Laboratory (mHealthLab)
Steven Goodwin
Steven Goodwin
Development/Constituent and Alumni Relations
Daniel Holcomb, PhD
Daniel Holcomb, PhD
Assistant Professor - Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Weiguo Hu
Dr. Weiguo Hu
NMR Spectroscopy
Robert W. Jackson
Robert W. Jackson PhD
High Frequency Sensor Development Laboratory & Sensor Integration Codirector
Lisa Korpiewski
Lisa Korpiewski
Website & Graphic Designer
Ashish Kulkarni, PhD
Ashish Kulkarni, PhD
Assistant Professor - Chemical Engineering
Jacquie Kurland, PhD
Jacquie Kurland, PhD
HMR Center Interim Director
Jungwoo Lee
Jungwoo Lee, PhD
Assistant Profressor - Chemical Engineering
Sunghoon ‘Ivan’ Lee, PhD
Sunghoon ‘Ivan’ Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor - Information and Computer Sciences
Pat Lehouillier
Pat Lehouillier
Core Bookkeeper
Tingyi Liu, PhD
Tingyi Liu, PhD
Assistant Professor - Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Stephen Looze
Technical Assistant III
Jeffrey Morse, PhD
Jeffrey Morse, PhD
Roll-to-Roll Fabrication Director
John Nicholson
John Nicholson
Nanofabrication Cleanroom Director
ChangHui Pak, PhD
Assistant Professor - Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Sangram Parelkar
Sangram Parelkar
Small Molecule Screening
Susanna Perkins
Susanna Perkins
Core Facilities Director-UMass Med School
Sarah Perry, PhD
Sarah Perry, PhD
Assistant Professor - Chemical Engineering
Jinglei Ping
Jinglei Ping
Assistant Professor - Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
David Prodanas
Nutriceutical Formulation Manager
Tauhidur Rahman, PhD
Tauhidur Rahman, PhD
Assistant Professor - Information and Computer Sciences
Ravi Ranjan, PhD
Ravi Ranjan, PhD
Genomics Resource Laboratory Director
Alexander Ribbe, PhD
Alexander Ribbe, PhD
Director, Electron Microscopy Center & Atomic Force Microscopy
Narayan Sampath
Narayan Sampath
Administrative Director
Prashant Shenoy
Prashant Shenoy
Mobile Health Sensing and Analytics Laboratory (mHealthLab)
Rebecca Spencer
Rebecca Spencer
Sleep Monitoring Lab Director
Robert Stevens
Robert Stevens
Systems Administrator
Andrew Vinard
Andrew Vinard
Core Facilities Director
Qiangfei Xia
Qiangfei Xia
Device Fabrication
Jie Xiong, PhD
Jie Xiong, PhD
Assistant Professor - Information and Computer Sciences
Jun Yao, PhD
Jun Yao, PhD
Assistant Professor - Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

Location

Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS)
N510 Life Science Laboratories
University of Massachusetts Amherst
240 Thatcher Road
Amherst, MA 01003-9364

Directions/Parking

IALS Information Booklet

PDF version of IALS Information booklet

Core Facilities Brochure

PDF version of Core Facility brochure