UMASS Forms New Nanomedicine Institute
The nanomedicine institute will focus on developing nanostructures for biomedical research. UMASS is no stranger to nanotechnologyâ€”its Lowell campus is home to a Nanomanufacturing Center of Excellence. The nanomedicine institute was created with two funds: the UMass President Jack M. Wilson's Science and Technology Initiatives Fund, and the President's Creative Economy Fund. The instituteâ€™s team includes researchers from UMASS Amherst (home of the institute), the UMASS Medical School, and UMASS Lowell.
According to the institute, they will initially concentrate on three research areas: engineering fluorescent nanostructures that can be used for tagging proteins to aid in understanding the immune system; engineering of magnetic nanoparticles to remove pathogens such as viruses from blood; and developing biodegradable nanostructures that can help train the immune system to recognize and respond to the malaria parasite.