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.

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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, July 28, 2020

Computational Modeling

Chungwen Liang, Director

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Light Microscopy

James Chambers. Director

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

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Advanced Digital Design & Fabrication (ADDFab)

David Follette, Director

Guest Speaker
Meghan Huber, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Introduction to CORUM

Andrew Vinard, Director of UMass Core Facilities

Guest Speaker
Bob Stevens, IALS Systems Administrator

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, October 6, 2020

Mass Spectrometry

Stephen Eyles, Director of Mass Spectrometry

Guest Speaker
Cristina Silvescu, Imaging Application Scientist, Bruker Daltonics

Tuesday, October 20, 2020


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

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Raman, IR, XFR Spectrocopy

Lili He, Director of Raman, IR, XFR Spectrocopy

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Biophysical Characterization

Lizz Bartlett, Director of Biophysical Characterization

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