The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Research and Innovation to Translate Basic Science into Product Candidates

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.

Core Facilities Operational Status

For daily updates on the status of individual cores go to the COVID-19 Related Operational Status page.

Facility Highlight

Center for Human Health and Performance
Center for Human Health and Performance

Resources to facilitate basic and translational research in physiological, biomechanical, and behavioral mechanisms of human health and performance.

IALS Virtual Tour

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


Julian McClements

As meat-eating continues to increase around the world, food scientists are focusing on ways to create healthier, better-tasting and more sustainable plant-based protein products that mimic meat, fish, milk, cheese and eggs.

A research team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst has created an electronic microsystem that can intelligently respond to information inputs without any external energy input, much like a self-autonomous living organism.

Wilmore Webley, associate professor of microbiology and director of pre-med advising, will receive a special award at a community Juneteenth event at the Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center in Springfield.