October 2, 2020

Two UMass Boston researchers awarded Mass Life Sciences grants

Two research projects led by UMass Boston faculty were selected to receive awards totaling $1.1 million during the most recent funding cycle of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC).

MLSC’s Bits to Bytes program, which provides grants for projects that generate and analyze large datasets to answer pressing life science questions, awarded the Oregon-Massachusetts Mammography Database (OMAMA-DB) $750,000. The project is led by Assistant Professor of Computer Science Daniel Haehn. MLSC’s Open Capital program, which provides grants for state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure that support the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts, awarded $388,000 to the project titled “NextGen Sequencing at the Next Level: The University of Massachusetts Boston CPCT Genomics Core.” The project is led by Jill Macoska, Alton J. Brann Endowed Chair and Distinguished University Professor of Science and Mathematics, along with Venture Development Director William Brah, Associate Professor of Mathematics Kourosh Zarringhalam, and Genomics Core Manager Susan Patalano-Salsman.