March 7, 2022

Mass. Life Sciences Center grant to support infrastructure for tracking, imaging viruses at UMass Chan

The Baker-Polito administration and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announced $28.3 million in capital funds to support 10 projects through the MLSC’s Research Infrastructure program on Thursday, March 3, including a $2 million grant to support nanoscale imaging technology at UMass Chan Medical School to detect, track and investigate viruses of pandemic potential.

These funds will allow UMass Chan to acquire a super-resolution microscope, a live-cell imaging platform, a cell metabolism analyzer, a surface plasmon resonance instrument and the necessary computer hardware with analysis software. Separately, UMass Chan is spending $9 million to expand lab space, enabling more work on viruses of pandemic potential.