The University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) translates fundamental research into innovative product candidates, technologies, and services that deliver benefits to human health and well-being. Our specific objectives are to: (1) Become a catalyst and resource for ‘applied’ and ‘translational’ R&D activities; (2) Establish industry engagement models and industry collaborations; (3) Contribute to workforce development; and (4) Participate to innovation & entrepreneurship culture on campus.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 30
4:00 pm
Ana Clara Viana & Neha Gupta UMass VASCI 221 Integrated Sciences Building
Thursday, December 1
11:30 am
Professor Chunyu Wang RPI Biological Sciences Host: Jianhan Chen
ISB 221

Recent News

Jun Yao

Jun Yao, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was interviewed by Tech Briefs about his nanoelectric heart cell sensor.

Quaesar Therapeutics, Latde Diagnostics, Baystate Health, MacFarlane Medical and To Be Named.

Laura Vandenberg

Associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs in the School of Public Health & Health Sciences and professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Laura Vandenberg, has been named associate vice chancellor for research and engagement by Vice C

Translational Research

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) will transform life science discoveries into candidate products and services in collaboration with industry to improve human health and well being. IALS extends specific identified research strengths at UMass through its three centers:

Models for Optimized Drug Delivery

Center for Bioactive Delivery

CBD creates new ways to deliver “The right drug to the right place: by creating novel delivery platforms for small and large molecules.”  Developing a wide range of delivery platforms matched to bioactive molecular delivery needs based on fundamental design principles, including nanoemulsions, nanoparticles, hybrid particles, bacteria, and hydrogels.

Wearable Sensors for Precision Healthcare Delivery & Biometric Monitoring

Center for Personalized Health Monitoring

CPHM seeks to tackle real-world problems in the emerging field of digital healthcare, wearable sensor technologies, and personalized, precision healthcare delivery, interfacing closely with provider networks, hospitals, and industry across the Massachusetts Commonwealth, and the world.

Translating Fundamental Biology into New Targets, Leads & Disease Models

Models to Medicine Center

M2M leverages mechanistic insights into molecular pathways implicated in cell health and in disease pathology to identify novel drug targets and therapeutic candidates.

IALS Virtual Tour

In this tour you will discover all of the great resources that are available at the Institute for Applied Life Sciences.

Poster for the IALS virtual tour

Shared Resources

UMass Amherst Core Facilities

We work together with researchers toward a singular goal: advancing applied science and technology to address the world’s most pressing challenges. We offer expertise and resources that create new opportunities, not only for scientific achievement, but also for establishing new models of collaboration.

Animal Imaging facility

Animal Imaging

This facility conducts research using equipment capable of fluorescence and luminescence imaging independent of or concurrent with CT imaging.

Roll to Roll Fabrication and Processing Facility

Roll-to-Roll Fabrication and Processing

Custom, moving web-based tools for translational advanced materials & nanomanufacturing processes

ADDFab Facility

Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication

3D printing, design consulting, and additive manufacturing workshops, all with industrial-grade, state-of-the-art, metal and polymer 3D printers. Contact us to get started!

Advance your idea from concept to commercialization

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

IALS Venture Development programs are here to help you! Our programs support development of startups and industry partnerships by UMass researchers based upon their technologies and product concepts.


Training the next generation workforce

Student Engagement

Providing students from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) hands-on training and experience in the use and operation of a state-of-the art research equipment, experience gathering data and data analysis, and the development of team science.