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Upcoming Events

Dec 12 2019 - 11:30am
CHEM Seminar Wei Fan UMass Amherst Lederle Graduate Research Tower 1634
Dec 11 2019 - 4:00pm
NSB Colloquium Morrill 2, Room 222
Dec 11 2019 - 4:00pm
221 Integrated Sciences Building Speaker: Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Notes: Refreshments at 3:45pm Host: Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Dec 11 2019 - 4:00pm
VASCI Seminar Anushka Dongre, PhD Whitehead Institute at MIT 221 Integrated Sciences Building Speaker: Anushka Dongre, Weinberg Lab at Whitehead Institute
Dec 10 2019 - 4:00pm
MCB Seminar Marcia Goldberg Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute Morrill 2, Room 222 Host:  Alejandro Heuck Seminar Location: Morrill 2, Room 222
Dec 9 2019 - 12:10pm
MCB Colloquium
Dec 6 2019 - 4:00pm
OEB Seminar

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News & Events

Jinglei Ping

Jinglei Ping, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (MIE) in the College of Engineering as well as IALS, has been awarded a prestigious early career award from the Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) in the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to study “Multiscale Electrical Mapping of Biosystems.” Ping is one of 40 U.S. scientists and engineers chosen to receive the YIP grants for 2020.

Matthew Moore

Food scientist Matthew Moore, Models to Medicine, has received two grants from the USDA to apply new technology in an effort to more quickly detect and trace foodborne disease caused by noroviruses and bacteria.

Bioinformatics Training poster

Members of Li-Jun Ma Lab, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology, are hosting Bioinformatics Training. There will be a four week long NGS-data analysis training taking place in IALS, running from Nov. 7 to Dec. 5. The sessions, which will occur from 6-7pm on Thursdays, will be held in LSL N415. 

Sessions will detail attendees on linux introduction and data quality control, RNA-sequence data analysis, functional DEGs analysis, and IGV visualization. 

Rick Pilsner

A cross-disciplinary team of scientists, led by environmental epigeneticist Richard Pilsner, Models to Medicine, will use a three-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to expand research into the impact of phthalate exposure on male fertility.

Attendees viewing nursing poster

The Inaugural Nursing PhD Symposium, held Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Institute of Applied Life Sciences Conference Center, gathered together a diverse consortium of scientists, community advocates, educators and entrepreneurs to explore the future of nursing and the role of nurse-scientists in promoting health, health equity and social justice.

Mingxu You

Assistant professor Mingxu You, chemistry, and M2M recently received a five-year, $1.9 million NIH Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) to fund his research in developing new tools – DNA-based probes– to quantify intercellular mechanical forces and understand a variety of mechano-sensitive cell signaling events at the molecular level.

Joseph Bardin

Joseph C. Bardin, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and IALS High Frequency Sensor Development Laboratory and Sensor Integration Coordinator, is a member of the multi-disciplinary research team that has published a new paper in the journal Nature that says Google acheived a breakthrough using a quatum computer by performing a task that isn’t possible with traditional computers.

Paul Manning

Peter Reinhart, IALS founding director, has announced that six campus research teams have been named recipients of the first Manning/IALS Seed Grants. The awards will support next steps in their research such as proof-of-concept studies and business development, fundamental research into new products, technologies and services to benefit human health and well being.

Sunghoon Ivan Lee and Jie Xiong looking over prototype apparatus

Biomedical informatician Sunghoon Ivan Lee and wireless health scientist Jie Xiong have received a $1.15 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a wireless device, worn like a necklace, that aims to transform the understanding and treatment of schizophrenia. The assistant professors of information and computer sciences are among the interdisciplinary scientists at IALS, where they will carry out their research in the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring.


UMass Amherst technology spin-off Aclarity raised more than $1 million in initial venture capital pre-seed funding. CEO Julie Bliss Mullen and COO Barrett Mulley are UMass Amherst alumni.

TaCore Tuesday graphic

Please mark Tuesday, October 15, in your calendars for the first UMass Amherst Core Facility Showcase in the LSL Conference Center from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. There is no formal program, please feel free to stop by when you can for as long as you can. Registration is requested.

Ernest Pharmaceuticals CEO and bioengineer Nele Van Dessel presented the poster at MTTC’s 12th annual Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation
Day; the company was one among 30 vying for four prizes. She says she and co-founder Neil Forbes, a professor of chemical engineering at UMass
Amherst, believe the company’s association with IALS at UMass Amherst has been a crucial factor in its steady success.

Participant wearing smart eyeglasses.

Deepak Ganesan, computer science professor and director of the Center for Pesonalized Health Monitoring (CPHM), leads the center’s work on the computer science aspects of wearable technologies for mobile health – pervasive sensing and improving data capture and analysis from both novel and standard, off-the-shelf devices.

Along with his CPHM colleagues, Benjamin Marlin (CISC) and Trisha Andrew (Chemistry), they are laser-focused on finding solutions to society’s most vexing health problems.

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor Sunghoon Ivan Lee (center) was looking for ways to make smaller, lighter, more energy-efficient wearable sensors. His team's research revolves around a novel concept of wirelessly transferring current through human skin to power battery-less wearable sensors.

Smartwatches were big breakthroughs when they hit the market in the early 2000s. Even nascent versions got consumers excited with their ability to play games and access newsfeeds. Two decades later, that Fitbit® or Apple Watch® on your wrist can actually collect, store and transmit data. Wearable devices like these have amazing capacity within their tiny computers. But they have capacity limits, too. The culprit? The very thing that powers them – batteries.

soft strechable electronic device

A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a four-year, $1.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study and construct soft stretchable electronic devices that can be used in future healthcare, security and communications applications. The scientists plan to use conductive protein nanowires and mechanically soft nanomaterials to create a new nanocomposite that is strong, flexible and highly conductive.


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IALS Conference Center is located in the south side of the Life Science Laboratories (LSL2). Please find room details and access to the reservation request form.

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