The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Core Facilities Seminar Series

Throughout the series we will be featuring individual core facilities and relevant technologies. We are hoping that with these biweekly seminars you will discover what great resources that the centralized UMass Core Facilities offer to our campus community and the New England region.

Your feedback on this seminar series is very important. Our goal is to make these events informational and interactive. If there are cores or specific technologies you would like for us to feature in future seminars, whether they are part of the centralized cores or not, please let us know by filling out this form.

Spring 2022

Apr 11 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

“Handle with care: Ensuring lipid nanoparticle quality for better genetic medicines,” Matthew Stone, PhD. AB SCIEX. Host: Steve Eyles, Director of Mass Spectrometry.

May 7 2023 (All day) to May 10 2023 (All day)

Driving Collaborative Science, the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities, May 7-10, 2023, in Boston, will bring together scientific leaders to commemorate past, present, and future impacts of science on our lives as we band together to make a collective difference in this increasingly global society.

May 9 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

James Garner, PhD student in the Environmental Conservation Department. Host: Ashley Eaton, Manager of ICTC.

May 23 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Speakers: Rae Walker and Ravi Karkar. Ethics of technology and accountable, human-centered design, evaluation and translation of health monitoring technologies for the public interest. This new CPHM research thrust incubates interdisciplinary and community-led teams and technologies in the domains of aging care and reproductive health

Jun 6 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Joins us for an information Q&A with our core facilities directors/staff, welcome the CSI '23 cohort, and the announcement of the winners of this year's Image Competition. 

Fall 2022

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Light Microscopy

James Chambers, Director of Light Microscopy

Guest Speaker: Joseph DiPietro, PhD–"Automating Your Experiments with NIS-Elements"

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

TaCore Tuesday-Core Facilities Showcase

Andrew Vinard, Director of Core Facilities

Learn how the cutting-edge resources in the UMass Core Facilities can enhance your R&D. Events from the day included Poster Competition, invited Student Presentations, Meet & Greet with our Experienced Directors, Plenary Talk–Distinguished Professor Lila Gierasch, Dinner–Taco Bar, Awards and Networking Reception

Watch on our YouTube channel using the timestamps for selective viewing (available by clicking on Show More in the event description box below the video window).

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Raman, IR, and XFR Spectroscopy

Lili He, Director of Raman, IR, and XFR Spectroscopy

Guest Speaker: Zili Gao–"Raman Spectroscopy for Food Analysis"

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Biological NMR

Jasna Fejzo, Director of Biology NMR

Guest Speaker: Robert Williams, Post-doc, Gierasch Lab–"Expanding the Toolbox for Structural Biology of Glycoproteins: Combining NMR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry"

NMR Presentation slides

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Cell Culture

Michael Daley, Director of Cell Culture

Guest Speaker: James Sherley, Asymmetrex® LLC–"Kinetic Stem Cell (KSC) Counting – a new technology for routine determination of the specific fraction or dosage of therapeutic tissue stem cells "

Asymmetrex Presentation slides

Spring 2022

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Animal Models

Wei Cui, Director of Animal Models and Extension Assistant Professor Veterinary & Animal Sciences–"Learn about the services provided through the Animal Models Core Facility."

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Mass Spectrometry

Steve Eyles, Director of Mass Spectrometry

Guest Speaker: Erica Forsberg and Matt Willetts, Bruker Daltonics–"Expanding the Horizons of 4D-Metabolomics."

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Flow Cytometry

Amy Burnside, Director of Flow Cytometry

Guest Speaker: David Luther, (Rotello group) Department of Chemistry–"Quantifying cytosolic protein delivery through imaging flow cytometry."

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Raman, IR, and XFR Spectroscopy

Lili He, Director of Raman, IR, and XFR Spectroscopy

Guest Speakers: Haochen Dai and Zili Gao–"Introduction to Raman, IR, and XFR Spectroscopy."

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Center for Human Health & Performance

Michael Busa, Director of CH2P

Guest Speaker: Genny Beemyn, Director, The Stonewall Center–"Recognizing Gender Diversity in Research."

Tuesday, March 8, 2022


Weiguo Hu, Co Director–"Using NMR to Determine Polymer Molecular Weight and Explore Materials Morphology."

Fall 2021

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

UMass Glassblowing Lab

College of Natural Sciences
Sally Prasch, Director

Join us for a short tour of the glassblowing lab, a discussion on how and why glass is used in scientific research and a short demonstration of how one kind of scientific glass is made from start to finish.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Light Microscopy

James Chambers, Director of Light Microscopy

Guest Speaker
Pat Wadsworth, PhD and Carline Fermino Do Rosario, Biology and MCB–"Quantification of live cell dynamics with photoactivation and photobleaching"
Joseph DiPietro, PhD, Nikon–"Single molecule localization imaging; practical steps"

Friday, November 12, 2021

CH2P and CPHM Special Seminar

Guest Speaker
Mark Shelhamer, ScD, Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; former chief scientist of NASA’s Human Research Program–"How to Send People to Mars Without Killing Them: A Systems Approach to Health and Performance"

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

UMass WET Center

Patrick Wittbold, Director of WET Center

Guest Speaker
Michael Murphy, X20 Corp–"Developing a low cost, smartphone based water quality sensor."

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Mass Spectrometry

Stephen Eyles, Director of Mass Spectrometry

Guest Speaker
Kevin Dagbay, Senior Scientist, Scholar Rock-"Integrative Structural Biology Approach to Discover the Mechanism of Action of Antibody-Based Therapeutics Targeting the TGF-β Superfamily of Growth Factors."

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Roll to Roll Fabrication & Processing Facility

Jeff Morse, Director–“Scalable Fabrication of Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE): Unique Capabilities of the Advanced Print and Roll-to-Roll Facility”

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Sleep Monitoring Laboratory

Rebecca Spencer, Director and Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences–“Assessing Sleep Physiology and Function”

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Genomics Resource Laboratory

Ravi Ranjan, Director

Guest Speaker
Rosha Poudyal, 10X Genomics–“Biology at True Resolution: Resolve Biological Complexities with Single Cell and Spatial Solutions”

Guest Speaker
Jennifer Rauch, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and IALS–“Introduction to the 10X Visium System and Applications”

Spring 2021

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

TechTalks with Flow Cytometry

Amy Burnside, Director

Guest Speaker
Eleanor Kincaid, PhD, SCYM(ASCM)CM
Regional Applications Manager, Cytek Biosciences

“Introduction to Spectral Cytometry with the Cytek Aurora”

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Genomics Resource Laboratory

Ravi Ranjan, Director

Guest Speaker
Elizabeth Rullo, 10X Genomics–“Uncover the Hidden Complexities of Biology with Single Cell Solutions”

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Human Magnetic Resonance Center (hMRC)

Rajakumar Nagarajan, MR Physicist, hMRC

Guest Speaker
Gwenael Layec, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology Department and IALS–“Investigation of Muscle Function by MR Spectroscopy/Imaging”

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Center for Human Health & Performance (CH2P)

Michael Busa, Director of Ch2P

Guest Speaker
Nader Naghavi, Embr Labs, Visiting Scientist-UMass Amherst Kinesiology Department–“How Artificial Intelligence and Wearable Technologies Can Improve Quality of Life”

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Atomic Force Microscopy

Keith Dusoe, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Polymer Science & Engineering, IALS–“Scanning Probe Microscopy: Capabilities and Possibilities.”

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Electron Microscopy

Alex Ribbe, Director of Electron Microscopy

Guest Speaker
Satyam Srivastava, PhD candidate, Polymer Science & Engineering–“Imaging of Nanoparticle on Liquid Surfaces in Scanning Electron Microscopy.”

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Special Core Facilities Seminar: Cryo-EM

Guest Speaker
Natalia de Val, PhD, Thermo Fisher Scientific–“Introducing Tundra: A groundbreaking new way of bringing Cryo-EM for all.”

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Flow Cytometry

Amy Burnside, Director of Flow Cytometry

Guest Speaker
Brian Rosario and Gary Cuneo, Luminex–“Luminex Amnis ImageStream: Visualize a New Standard for Scientific Discovery.”

This is an edited version of the seminar. The full replay is only available to the UMass community by using your NetID.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

Jasna Fejzo, Director of Biological NMR

Guest Speaker
Dr. Marcel J.J. Blommers, CSO at Saverna Therapeutics AG, Basel, Switzerland

Tuesday, January 26, 2021


Andrew Vinard, Director of UMass Core Facilities

Guest Speaker
Bob Stevens, IALS Systems Administrator

Fall 2020

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Biophysical Characterization

Lizz Bartlett, Director of Biophysical Characterization

Guest Speaker
Lake Paul, President and Founder, BioAnalysis, LLC

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Raman, IR, XFR Spectroscopy

Lili He, Director of Raman, IR, XFR Spectrocopy

Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Sallie Schneider, Director of Biospecimen Resource and Molecular Analysis Facility, Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Mass Spectrometry

Stephen Eyles, Director of Mass Spectrometry

Guest Speaker
Cristina Silvescu, Imaging Application Scientist, Bruker Daltonics

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

CT and Optical Imaging

Amy Burnside, Director of Animal Imaging and Flow Cytometry

Guest Speaker
Sarah Guyette, Field Application Scientist, PerkinElmer

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Introduction to CORUM

Andrew Vinard, Director of UMass Core Facilities

Guest Speaker
Bob Stevens, IALS Systems Administrator

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Advanced Digital Design & Fabrication (ADDFab)

David Follette, Director

Guest Speaker
Meghan Huber, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Light Microscopy

James Chambers. Director

Guest Speakers
Yousef Bagheri, You Lab, Department of Chemistry and Joe DePietro, Nikon Instruments

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Computational Modeling

Chungwen Liang, Director

Guest Speaker
Prof. Michael Fayer, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University