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 in the innovation & entrepreneurship culture on campus.

Upcoming Events

Monday, July 15
8:00 am
UMass Amherst invites submissions for the 2024 Translational Seed Awards of up to $100,000 for translational research and development to move UMass research towards impact through research-based st
Tuesday, July 16
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
with Matt Whitehead, Partner, Feinberg Hanson LLP.
Thursday, July 25
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation (MALSI) Day is the flagship event for life sciences startups and innovation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Southline Boston (Portal Innovations)

Recent News


This advanced microscopy technique helped researchers discover that shipworms have hidden clusters of bacterial symbionts with the capability to produce lignin-digesting enzymes embedded in their digestive tracts.

Alicia Timme-Laragy

Timme-Laragy served as a technical expert to advise NASEM staff on the design, structure, and implementation of a systematic review to support the study, and to serve as an advisor to the committee regarding the structure and conduct of the systematic review.

UMass Amherst Institute of Diversity Sciences

IALS faculty members Shelly Peyton, Courtney Babbitt, Ashish Kulkarni, and S. Thayumanavan were on teams awarded IDS seed grants.

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.

Data Center

Research Computing

Consulting, server hosting, system administration, and data storage are available to support computationally intensive research computing.

Silicon Therapeutics


Affordable, IP free, rentable wet lab space

Biophysical Characterization

Biophysical Characterization

Discovery-Based Research and Assay Development for Translational Applications

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.