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Aug 27 2018 - 10:00am
Impact of native natural enemies on populations of the invasive winter moth (Operophtera brumata L) in the Northeast U.S. OEB Defense Hannah J. Broadley
Sep 6 2018 - 4:00pm
PB Seminar TBD Morrill Science Center South, Room 222
Sep 10 2018 - 12:10pm
Korin Albert Advisor:  David Sela, Food Science LGRT 1634
Sep 11 2018 - 4:00pm
MCB Seminar Gene-Wei Li MIT Host: Peter Chien Morrill Science Center South, Room 222
Sep 12 2018 - 4:00pm
NSB Colloquium Andrea Silva-Gotay PhD Student Neuroscience & Behavor Program UMass Amherst

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News & Events

Jianhan Chen,  M2M and Department of Chemistry, recently received a four-year, $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study a newly recognized class of proteins with highly flexible three-dimensional (3D) structural properties, in particular some extra-floppy ones called intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs).

A team of researchers including Yubing Sun, CPHM and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, has demonstrated that human pluripotent stem cells can be guided to become the precursors of the central nervous system and that mechanical signals play a key role in this process. Sun and his colleagues outlined their findings in a recent paper published in the journal Nature Materials.

During a two-day visit to campus this month, the executive director of the binational Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) gave a presentation to faculty of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) explaining the mutual benefits of Indo-U.S. collaborations.

Catrine Tudor-Locke, kinesiology and CPHM, was interviewed for an article on the health benefits of brisk walking and the confusion in defining “brisk”.  For the new study on the subject, which was published in June in a special issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine devoted to the topic of walking, she and her colleagues decided to see whether there was enough data already available to develop a more precise and useful definition of brisk walking.


Ashish Kaulkarni

Ashish Kaulkarni, M2M and CBD, along with colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital showed that in preclinical models, they can amplify macrophage immune responses against cancer using a self assembling supramolecule.  This work was supported by a Department of Defense Breakthrough Award, an American Lung Association Innovation Award, an NIH National Cancer Institute grant, and the UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) Center for Bioactive Delivery, the IALS Mass Spectrometry and Biophysical Characterization core facilities, and the department of chemical engineering.

Julia Choi, Kinesiology, Neuroscience & Behavior and CPHM, recently received a five-year, $616,057, grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) faculty early career development (CAREER) program to investigate how the brain learns to control walking.

D. Joseph Jerry, veterinary and animal sciences, M2M, and director of the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, is a co-director of the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research along with Dr. Grace Makari-Judson, M2M, associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and Chair of Baystate Health Breast Network.  Both recently celebrated the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research serving more than 1,000 participants.

The UManage Center for Building the Science of Symptom Self-Management in the College of Nursing has announced its request for applications for pilot research grants for 2019-2020.The purpose of the UManage Center Pilot Research grant program is to provide funding for pilot research projects that address the self-management of sleep or fatigue using handheld or wearable sensors and/or other advanced technologies.

Rachel Walker, nursing and CPHM, is the first nurse to be selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Lemelson Foundation as an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador. Walker is a nurse inventor whose scholarship is grounded in her experiences as a rural emergency medical and disaster relief worker, U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and oncology nurse. She is also associate director for the UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Science’s Center for Personalized Health Monitoring.

A large research team led by senior author Guodong Zhang, Food Science and CBD, reports that the antimicrobial ingredient triclosan, found in hand soaps and toothpastes among other products, could have adverse effects on colonic inflammation and colon cancer by altering gut microbiota, the microbes found in our intestines.

UMass President's Office

These IALS faculty are among the recipients of $200,000 in seed funding from the UMass system’s Technology Development Fund:

  • “Prototype Protein Nanowire-Based Sensor,” Derek Lovley, microbiology, and Jun Yao, electrical and computer engineering. The team is making a wearable sensor for non-invasive, real-time monitoring of a wide range of biomarkers that help to diagnose chronic medical conditions.

Jeanne Hardy

Jeanne Hardy, chemistry and M2M, awarded the inaugural Mahoney Life Sciences Prize for her research on caspases to combat neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. She will receive the prize and present her research with life sciences experts and UMass officials and scientists at a breakfast ceremony on June 19 at the UMass Club in Boston.

National Biomechanics Day

National Biomechanics Day is a world-wide celebration of Biomechanics in its many forms for high school students and teachers.

Biomechanics is the fundamental example of STEM and STEAM educational initiatives. It combines Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics into one awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, human-enhancing, creative endeavor.

We hope to see you there!

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences and Nikon Instruments cordially invites you to the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Light Microscopy Facility at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This imaging facility is the newest designated Nikon Center of Excellence, an honor currently limited to 20 institutions worldwide.

May 8, 2018
1:00-4:00 p.m.
S330/340 Life Sciences Laboratories

Daniel Holcomb

Daniel Holcomb, electrical and computer engineering and CPHM, has received a five-year, $596,160 National Science Foundation Early Career Development
(CAREER) grant to study supply chain security for integrated circuits.

The new supply chain security project supports the broader research goal of Holcomb's research group to secure the hardware of critically important embedded systems. Other ongoing research projects in his laboratory design cryptographic circuits for low power chips, and chips that can resist attacks by particularly well-equipped adversaries.


Room Reservations

LSL South Conference Rooms-located in the Life Science Laboratories South (LSL2). Please find room details and access to the reservation request form.

Funding Opportunities

The UManage Center for Building the Science of Symptom Self-Management in the College of Nursing has announced its request for applications for pilot research grants for 2018-19.


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