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Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute

PVLSI is a UMass Amherst-Baystate Medical Center collaboration. Biomedical research at PVLSI is dedicated to improving human health by developing creative new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. By coupling the unique resources of a major research university with one of the largest teaching hospitals in New England, we continue to create interactive teams of allied health professionals, life scientists and physical scientists to focus on clinical disorders and technologies.

Department(s): 

Biology
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

College of Engineering

Contact: 

Steven D. Goodwin

Resources: 

17000 square feet of newly renovated research space complete with surgical suites animal facilities and bench space for more than fifty researchers.<br>Core facilities for animal care histology and cell culture. Other specialized equipment includes: FACScan confocal laser microscope real time PCR and robotic devices for conventional histology and immunohistochemistry.

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Microbial Fermentation Laboratory

The microbial fermentation laboratory offers equipment to perform cell culture investigations. In addition to the major instrumentation listed above, the Laboratory houses other items needed for microbial culture experiments including a laminar flow hood, autoclave, incubator shaker, research grade microscope, balance, pipettors, plain shakers and glassware. We also have access to a Waters Alliance HPLC system for off-line measurement of other extracellular species concentrations and a FACSAria flow cytometer and cell sorter for cell population studies.

Department(s): 

Chemical Engineering
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

College of Engineering

Contact: 

Michael Henson

Resources: 

Pentium IV computer equipped with New Brunswick BioCommand software that provides real-time fermenter monitoring and control capabilities

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Food Biotechnology Research Labs

Specialized laboratory for plant tissue culture and plant transformation research

Department(s): 

Food Science

College/Unit: 

Natural Resources and the Environment

Contact: 

Kalidas Shetty

Resources: 

Laminar flow hoods, Chemical fume hoods, Plant growth incubators, Microbial growth incubators, Fluorometer, Analytical balances, pH meters, microcentrifuges

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Genomics Resource Laboratory

Lab offers a range of analytical services, including: genotyping platforms (microsatellite and SNP analyses); an E-GENE capillary sequencing for size separation of unlabelled PCR products to 2-bp resolution; and gel electrophoresis for SSCP, DGGE, TGGE, and related native and denaturing electrophoresis protocols. Researchers from UMass Amherst, the Five Colleges Consortium and the greater Pioneer Valley scientific community, and beyond are invited to inquire about how to access these services.

Department(s): 

Biology
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Vice Provost for Research

Contact: 

Stephen Rich

Location: 

B2 Fernald Hall

Resources: 

Two liquid-handling robots and specialized software (EMBOSS, Sequencher; Staden package; Bioedit; FinchTV; MxPro for Stratagene; Totallab analysis for gel image).

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Computational Biology Laboratory

The UMass Amherst Computational Biology Lab in the Department of Computer Science is concerned with computational and modeling problems behind many of the major questions in molecular biology and genetics. Our bioinformatics research involves the use of machine learning, modeling, and optimization techniques for DNA and protein sequence analysis.

Department(s): 

Computer Science
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

David Kulp, Oliver Brock

Location: 

Computer Science Building

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Baculovirus Biotechnology Laboratory

Insect baculoviruses are the most widely uses and most versatile eukaryotic gene expression in use today. As experts in insect cell culture systems and insect viruses The Baculovirus Biotechnology Laboratory offers over 20 years of experience working with baculovirus expression systems.

Department(s): 

Plant Soil and Insect Sciences
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Resources and the Environment

Contact: 

John Burand

Resources: 

The Baculovirus Biotechnology Laboratory houses a range of instrumentation for:

Availability: 

Public

Research: