The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Upcoming Events

Jul 23 2019 - 3:00pm
LSL N610
Led by Dr. Peter Reinhart, Director, Institute for Applied Life Sciences
Jul 24 2019 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
LSL S303
Meet with Mary Kate Foley to learn about the benefits of your MassBio membership.
Jul 24 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
LSL S485
The MassConnect PI program matches university faculty interested in commercialization opportunities based on their research with mentors from MassBio’s network for two individual meetings, typicall
Jul 24 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
LSL S340
Do you have better things to do with your time than sit in front of a microscope?
Jul 26 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
LSL S303
Meet with Mary Kate Foley to learn about the benefits of your MassBio membership.
Jul 26 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm
Lincoln Campus Center
The Best Vendor Show to See Laboratory Products on Campus. Enjoy Gourmet Buffet Lunch!
Jul 30 2019 - 3:00pm
LSL N610
Led by Sam Chiburis & Karen Utgoff, IALS Venture Development

Related Seminars in Life Science


The Calendar for Graduate Programs in Life Sciences lists related seminars across seven different graduate programs.

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News & Events

Two teachers looking at new growing facilities

Supported by a grant from the NSF, Elizabeth Vierling and Amherst Regional High School science teachers are designing new curriculum involving hands-on experiments with plants.

Wilmore Webley receives Manning Teaching Award

Wilmore Webley, associate professor of microbiology, director of pre-med advising and M2M faculty member, is one of five UMass faculty awarded the 2019 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching for their exemplary dedication to students and the university. The faculty members—one from each UMass campus—will receive $10,000 awards in recognition of their commitment to academic excellence.

UMass Lowell alumni Rob and Donna Manning established the Manning Prize in 2016 to honor UMass professors who excel in teaching and service.

Rebecca Spencer

CPHM faculty member and Director of the Sleep Lab, Rebecca Spencer's on going sleep research looks into the impacts of TV on young children.

Seed Funding

New Manning/IALS Innovation Grants – IALS/CNS/Berthiaume/Isenberg are collaborating on a new translational seed fund program, funded in part by the Manning Family Foundation. All IALS Faculty and UMass Amherst Start-Up companies are eligible to apply. The objective is to advance significant translational research projects, startups, or pre-startups. Full Applications due July 17, 2019.

Jinglei Ping

Assistant Professor Jinglei Ping of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and CPHM faculty member has received a Discovery Award of over $270,000 from the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. The goal of Ping’s research is to develop a miniaturized device for precise quantification of heavy metals in a drop of human blood at the point of care.

Chancellor Subbaswammy, Thai Thayumanavan, and Robert Mahoney

Thayumanavan, professor of chemistry and director of CBD is recognized for his paper “Shrink-Wrapped Proteins as Next Generation Biologics,” published in Journal of the American Chemical Society. At the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Showcase held in the Life Sciences Laboratories Conference Center on April 29, Thayumanavan was formally presented the award, and gave a talk explaining his research, followed by a lively round of questions from the audience.

Lila Gierasch

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences announced this week the election of 100 new members to the academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, which includes Lila M. Gierasch, distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry and member of the Models to Medicine Center (M2M).


The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council announced a new office at UMass Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), MassBioWest. The office will provide MassBio members in the western part of the state easier access to MassBio benefits and will support further growth of the life sciences cluster across the state.

Paul Manning

University of Massachusetts alumnus Paul Manning ’77 and his wife, Diane Manning, have committed $1 million through their family foundation to
establish the Manning Innovation Program. The program provides three years of support in advancing a robust and sustainable pipeline of applied and translational research projects from UMass Amherst.

Sarah L. Perry, M2M, CBD, and assistant professor of engineering has received the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award for 2019. The awards, $45,000 over three years, are given to young faculty members across the country who are conducting promising research but have not yet been awarded tenure.

UMass Amherst environmental engineering doctoral student Julie Bliss Mullen, co-founder/CEO of Aclarity LLC, has been awarded a 2019 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize from The Lemelson Foundation. The prize serves as a catalyst for young inventors in the fields of healthcare, transportation and mobility, food/water and agriculture and consumer devices.

Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan,member of CBD and professor of Chemistry, has been chosen to receive the campus’s 2019 Mahoney Life Sciences Prize for his paper, “Shrink-wrapped Proteins as Next Generation Biologics.”

Cancer T cells

Wednesday, April 17, 4:00 pm, LSL S330

CBD Special Seminar with Prof. Michael Green, Vice Provost for Strategic Research Initiatives; Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology; Director, Cancer Center; Co-Director, The Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Researchers at the UMass Amherst, including assistant professor Jungwoo Lee, M2M and chemical engineering, have received a five-year, $1.76 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study how, in some people, cancer cells in the human body that have left the original site of the cancer change from dormant to active due to chemotherapy.

Stephen S. Nonnenmann, M2M and assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a five-year, $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study energy conversion and storage applications using highly sensitive microscopes. The grant is from the NSF Early Career Development (CAREER) program.


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.

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