Science Market Update

UMass, Amherst Opens $150 Million Institute for Applied Life Sciences

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Tue, Mar 21, 2017

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at University of Massachusetts, Amherst is now fully operational and open for use by UMass faculty researchers as well as its industry and academic partners.

(Image Courtesy of University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

The institute was first established in 2014 through a $95 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). Mass invested an additional $55 million in toward the construction and fit-out of the Life Sciences Laboratories building. This building is designed for interdisciplinary research, student training and large-equipment facilities. IALS also fosters spin-out companies and seeks to become a catalyst for a biotechnology hub in Western Massachusetts.

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Tags: University of Massachusetts Amherst, life sciece markets, Life Science, Amherst, UMASS, life science labs, life science institute

University of Massachusetts: $4M Grant for Plant Stem Cell Research

Posted by Emily Olson on Mon, Dec 19, 2016

Dr. Madelaine Bartlett, a biologist at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, recently received a four-year $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The new research funding will allow Barlett and colleagues from UMass and other institutions to study the genes that regulate plant stem cell biology and their effect on fruit size and yield.

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Tags: Stem cell research, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts, agriculture, new research funding, Massachusetts, agricultural, MA, Northeast Region, UMASS, new research grant, NSF funding, NSF grant, NSF award, Plant Biology, agricultural business, agribusiness

Research Grant to UMass to Help Uncover How the Brain Works

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Thu, Jun 02, 2016

(Image of brain by functional MRI via Wikimedia Commons)

Cognitive neurologist, Rosie Cowell of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst received a nearly $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The funding will be used to develop and test her theory of how fine-grained visual perception interacts with the area of the brain critical to memory.

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Understanding Bacterial Growth Research at UMass

Posted by Katheryn Rein on Mon, May 23, 2016

Bacteria research has become an increasingly important focus for researchers in the biomedical community as of late. From studying antibiotic resistant superbugs at UCSD to investigating bacterial diversity at Rutgers University, researchers are using these microscopic organisms to provide insight into diseases that plague our society.

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Tags: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts, MA, UMASS, Bacteria, Bacterial Cell Research

UMass Researchers & Ebola: A New Treatment Strategy

Posted by Katheryn Rein on Mon, Apr 11, 2016

A multi-institute research team, including scientists from MassBiologics at the University of Massachusetts, may have found the key to successfully treating and vaccinating against one of this decade's most famously lethal diseases: Ebola

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Tags: University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts, MA, UMASS, virus, 2016, ebola

UMass Harvests $1.5M from USDA for Food Science Bioresearch

Posted by Robert Larkin on Tue, May 12, 2015

Researchers at University of Massachusetts, Amherst are reaping the rewards of breakthrough food science research, in the form of USDA grants totaling over $1.5 million.

As part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality and safety of food products in the United States, researchers at UMass, Amherst have received three-year grants to continue work on innovative projects.  Read More

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UMass Researchers Hook nearly $1M for Research on the Hookworm Genome

Posted by Robert Larkin on Tue, Apr 07, 2015

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts are taking on a parasite that continues to wreak havoc in tropical climates and developing countries.

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Tags: Medical Research, University of Massachusetts Amherst, infectious diseases, Trade Show Calendar, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MA, Amherst, UMASS

U.Mass Amherst Receives $4.8M in Alzheimer's Funding

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Tue, Jan 07, 2014

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as part of a multi-institution research team, received $4.8 million in life science funding from the National Cancer Institute as part of a five-year life science grant to research a way to target various diseases including Alzheimer’s, cancer and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) by changing the function of an enzyme that sets in motion over 100 different protein substrates in the body.

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