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Feb 20 2019 - 4:00pm
NSB Colloquium Bita Moghaddam Oregon Health Science Center Student Host: Beata Kaminska
Feb 20 2019 - 4:00pm
VASCI Seminar EH & S UMass Amherst 221 Integrated Sciences Building Speaker: Environmental Health and Safety Notes: Refreshments at 3:45pm Host:
Feb 21 2019 - 11:30am
Marvin D. Rausch Lectureship in Organometallic Chemistry: Selective, Catalytic Functionalization of C-H Bonds with Small and Large Catalysts CHEM Seminar John Hartwig
Feb 21 2019 - 11:30am
MICRO Seminar Makoto Yoshida, Ph.D. Tokyo University of Agriculture and Techno... 222 Morrill Science Center II
Feb 21 2019 - 4:00pm
PB Seminar James Schnable University of Nebraska Host: Ahmet Bakirbas Location: Morrill Science Center II, Room 222

Related Seminars in Life Science


The Calendar for Graduate Programs in Life Sciences lists related seminars across seven different graduate programs.

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We are now taking applications for the UMass Summer Undergraduate Core Internship Program which allows students from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) hands-on training and experience in the use and operation of state-of-the art research equipment in these core facilities, experience gathering data and data analysis, and the development of team science and soft skills, all while spending their summer in Amherst! This is a ten (10) week, paid undergraduate internship.

Application deadline: February 22, 2019


Lila Gierasch

Lila Gierasch, Distinguished Professor in Chemistry, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and M2M faculty member, was selected by the American Peptide Society to receive the 2019 Merrifield Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to peptide science. The award named in honor of R. Bruce Merrifield recognizes the lifetime achievement of a peptide scientist.

Gierasch will be presented with the award at the 26th American Peptide Symposium in Monterey, CA, June 22-27, 2019

Rachel Walker TEDx talk

The 'E' in STEM Should Stand for Empathy, Rachel Walker, PH.D, RN, TEDxEasthamptonWomen-Empathy is crucial for the advancement of modern science and health research and Dr. Rachel Walker explains why. She shares her experiences as a nurse, scientist and inventor. She is grateful to everyone; from grandmothers in East Baltimore to Malian midwives to bone marrow transplant recipients who have taught her to have some humility when seeking to understand what health and wellness means to different people, and how to get there.

Watch this inspiring TEDx talk!

circadian clock

The 4-year, $2.4 million NIH grant will allow Eric Bittman (M2M) to determine the sequence of duper, a mutation that speeds up the circadian clock and dramatically reduces jet lag by affecting the function of a master pacemaker in the hypothalamus. Millions of Americans work shift schedules, and most of us have experienced the disorientation that occurs when we travel across multiple time zones. Such abrupt shifts of the biological clock aggravate many diseases.

Lila Gierasch

For decades, molecular biologists studying a class of molecular chaperones known as heat shock proteins (Hsp70s) have relied on the Hsp70s found in bacteria as the model system. Now one of the world’s experts on the molecule and her team report that their investigation into whether Hsps from mammalian cells behave like those in bacteria reveals “key evolutionary variations” between them.

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Overt metastatic tumor

Cancer survivors could benefit from new therapeutic strategies to prevent or delay the formation of metastases, UMass Amherst chemical engineer Jungwoo Lee and his research team, report in a paper published in Nature Biomedical Engineering. Understanding the mechanisms that awaken dormant tumor cells will aid in the development of effective therapies. This work has been sponsored by the Institute for Applied Life Sciences. “IALS is the outstanding place for doing biomedical research!”–Lee

Collapsible dog bowls, bendable medical tubes and drinking straws all seem to work on a common principle, snapping into a variety of mechanically stable and useful states. Despite the many applications for such “designer matter” structures, however, the fundamental mechanisms of how they work have until now remained mysterious, say materials scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by Ryan Hayward, CBD and CPHM.

University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientists have mapped and characterized microbial populations in a vegetable fermentation facility and report that its microbiome was distinct between production and fermentation areas and that the raw vegetables themselves – cabbages destined for sauerkraut – were the main source of fermentation-related microbes in production areas rather than handling or other environmental sources.

The next generation of wearable activity sensors will not be strap-on devices that can be lost or forgotten, say researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, instead they may be threads or fabric patches sewn into shirts and pants to offer light, care-free, continuous monitoring of movement that could help doctors, therapists and coaches respond to changes that warrant concern or improve performance.

Two scientists at UMass Amherst are building a new class of environmentally friendly polymer materials (or polymer-based fluids) called complex coacervates that will contain solid nanoparticles. Supported by a three-year, $357,694 grant from the National Science Foundation, they also will uncover and chronicle the design rules for these materials creating a road map for further research in the field.

A team of scientists based at UMass Amherst has been awarded a four-year, $953,300 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop miniature, implantable hardware that can record complex brain activity in animals and analyze it in real time. This new technical capability will allow the researchers to trace the origin of complex brain activity down to cellular levels, they say.

        Richard Pilsner, M2M and Environmental Health Sciences, has received a five-year, $2.7 million National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences award to support his further research on fathers’ preconception exposure to phthalates and potential effects on reproductive health through methylation of sperm DNA. 

In addition to directing the Human Testing Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s new Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), Michael Busa is managing the new class of research relationships emerging for the state’s largest public university campus, with corporate partners in biotech and health care.

Microbial ecologist Kristen DeAngelis, M2M and Microbiology, has been recognized by the National Science Foundation with its Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, a five-year grant that will support her research and teaching on soil microbes and their response to environmental change.


IALS Conference Center

IALS Conference Center is located in the south side of the Life Science Laboratories (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.


IALS and its three Centers are proud to present joint Seed Grant Programs for 2017. Eligible applicants must be a current member of IALS and one of the three Centers and/or an active Research...

The Office of Research and Engagement proudly supports ongoing scientific and academic research and is committed to supporting faculty
in their search for sponsors who will fund research and...