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

Thursday, December 8
11:30 am
Prof. Richard Robinson Cornell Univ., Materials Science Dept. ISB 221
Thursday, December 8
11:30 am
Alexander Petroff Clark University, Department of Physics LGRT 1033
Thursday, December 8
4:00 pm
Stonewall Center, Universit... Morrill II room 222

Recent News

Award Recipients

The TaCore Tuesday Core Facilities Showcase Award Recipients are:

Lila M. Gierasch Award for Outstanding Presentation

Grant recipient Stacyann Bailey

UMass ADVANCE has announced that four research teams are recipients of ADVANCE Collaborative Research Seed Grant Awards for 2022-23.

Yu Chen

Yu Chen, biomedical engineering associate professor, is the principal investigator (PI) on a $679,945 R01 grant to UMass Amherst from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will develop a groundbreaking optical coherence tomography (OCT) dev

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.

Sleep Monitoring

Sleep Monitoring

Equipped with EEG systems for recording sleep physiology (sleep staging). A central control room will allow for on-line observation and monitoring of sleep in populations from infants to the elderly.

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing

High Performance Computing

Provides world-class computational infrastructure, indispensable in the increasingly sensor and data-rich environments of modern science and engineering discovery.

X-Ray Scattering Facility Image

X-Ray Scattering

Housing several instruments dedicated to the structural analysis of crystalline materials, the determination of highly periodic morphologies in self-assembled systems over a large length scale range.

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.