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Mar 21 2019 - 11:30am
MICRO Seminar Liana Burghardt, Ph.D. Post Doctoral Researcher, Plant... 222 Morrill Science Center II
Mar 21 2019 - 11:30am
CHEM Seminar Haipeng Liu Wayne State Lederle Graduate Research Center 1634
Mar 22 2019 - 4:00pm
OEB Seminar Diane Kelly Research Assistant Professor, Biology Department University of Massachusetts Amherst Morrill II South, Room 222 Host: Patricia Brennan
Mar 25 2019 - 12:10pm
Constance Angelou Advisor:  Leonid Pobezinsky, VASCI French Hall, 209
Mar 25 2019 - 1:25pm
LSL S330/340
Professor Edward Melanson, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes/Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

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News & Events

UManage Conference

Thursday, March 28, 2019
8:00 am – 3:30 pm. Reception to follow.
Life Sciences Laboratories Conference Center, UMass Amherst

Come out with members of the UMass community to participate in this daylong conference focused on the state of science in the self-management of activity, sleep, and fatigue.

Join nurses, engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs to engage in conversation around this important topic and expand your professional network.

Yubing Sun

Yubing Sun, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, also a member of both IALS M2M and CPHM, has received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how to build a key group of human cells in the laboratory – cells that cover surfaces of the body and line internal organs. The grant is from the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER).

Tuesday, March 19, 12:00 pm, LSL S330

hMRC Distinguished Lecture with Prof. Mauricio Delgado, Chair of Psychology, Rutgers University-Newark

Co-Sponsored with The Center for Research on Families.

Innovate with Mass Spectrometry: Lunch & Learn Series

Tuesday, March 19, 9 am - 2 pm, LSL S340

Join us for a unique mass spectrometry event focusing on novel technologies for biomolecule analysis. Engage with the experts in the field to hear about the latest innovations in these areas and more:

Jack Ford (left) and Jeremy Hall are two of the current student interns at ADDFab.

ADDFab is featured in a current article in BusinessWest. Learn how this core facility is helping train the next generation workforce and supporting the local manufacturing industry.

Lila Gierasch

Lila Gierasch, Distinguished Professor in Chemistry, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and M2M faculty member, was selected by the American Peptide Society to receive the 2019 Merrifield Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to peptide science. The award named in honor of R. Bruce Merrifield recognizes the lifetime achievement of a peptide scientist.

Gierasch will be presented with the award at the 26th American Peptide Symposium in Monterey, CA, June 22-27, 2019

Rachel Walker TEDx talk

The 'E' in STEM Should Stand for Empathy, Rachel Walker, PH.D, RN, TEDxEasthamptonWomen-Empathy is crucial for the advancement of modern science and health research and Dr. Rachel Walker explains why. She shares her experiences as a nurse, scientist and inventor. She is grateful to everyone; from grandmothers in East Baltimore to Malian midwives to bone marrow transplant recipients who have taught her to have some humility when seeking to understand what health and wellness means to different people, and how to get there.

Watch this inspiring TEDx talk!

We are now taking applications for the UMass Summer Undergraduate Core Internship Program which allows students from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) hands-on training and experience in the use and operation of state-of-the art research equipment in these core facilities, experience gathering data and data analysis, and the development of team science and soft skills, all while spending their summer in Amherst! This is a ten (10) week, paid undergraduate internship.

Application deadline: February 22, 2019


circadian clock

The 4-year, $2.4 million NIH grant will allow Eric Bittman (M2M) to determine the sequence of duper, a mutation that speeds up the circadian clock and dramatically reduces jet lag by affecting the function of a master pacemaker in the hypothalamus. Millions of Americans work shift schedules, and most of us have experienced the disorientation that occurs when we travel across multiple time zones. Such abrupt shifts of the biological clock aggravate many diseases.

Lila Gierasch

For decades, molecular biologists studying a class of molecular chaperones known as heat shock proteins (Hsp70s) have relied on the Hsp70s found in bacteria as the model system. Now one of the world’s experts on the molecule and her team report that their investigation into whether Hsps from mammalian cells behave like those in bacteria reveals “key evolutionary variations” between them.

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Overt metastatic tumor

Cancer survivors could benefit from new therapeutic strategies to prevent or delay the formation of metastases, UMass Amherst chemical engineer Jungwoo Lee and his research team, report in a paper published in Nature Biomedical Engineering. Understanding the mechanisms that awaken dormant tumor cells will aid in the development of effective therapies. This work has been sponsored by the Institute for Applied Life Sciences. “IALS is the outstanding place for doing biomedical research!”–Lee

Collapsible dog bowls, bendable medical tubes and drinking straws all seem to work on a common principle, snapping into a variety of mechanically stable and useful states. Despite the many applications for such “designer matter” structures, however, the fundamental mechanisms of how they work have until now remained mysterious, say materials scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by Ryan Hayward, CBD and CPHM.

University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientists have mapped and characterized microbial populations in a vegetable fermentation facility and report that its microbiome was distinct between production and fermentation areas and that the raw vegetables themselves – cabbages destined for sauerkraut – were the main source of fermentation-related microbes in production areas rather than handling or other environmental sources.

The next generation of wearable activity sensors will not be strap-on devices that can be lost or forgotten, say researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, instead they may be threads or fabric patches sewn into shirts and pants to offer light, care-free, continuous monitoring of movement that could help doctors, therapists and coaches respond to changes that warrant concern or improve performance.


IALS Conference Center

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.

Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Engagement proudly supports ongoing scientific and academic research and is committed to supporting faculty in their search for sponsors who will fund research and...