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Our History

Formed in 2002, the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute brings together leading researchers and clinicians from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Baystate Medical Center to study cancer, diabetes, and a range of other human diseases. This approach has allowed our scientists to make a number of advances over the past few years, including new findings related to tumor suppressor genes, protein inhibitors that may play a role in diabetes, and an enzyme that may be involved in obesity. These and other studies offer data that could lead to the development of new drugs and therapies to treat human disease.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Tackle Complex Human Diseases

Illnesses such as breast cancer and diabetes affect each patient differently, which can make the study of human disease that much harder. But by bringing together a group of scientists from a variety of disciplines, we've created a research team that can look at disease from a variety of angles. This has been our philosophy since the Institute opened in 2002.

Perfect Partners:

An International Research University and a Major Medical Center

The Institute was founded by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, one of the nation's top public research universities, and the Baystate Medical Center, an academic, research, and teaching hospital that serves as the western campus of the Tufts University School of Medicine. These partners established PVLSI to build on the success of the University of Massachusetts Amherst-Baystate Medical Center Collaborative Biomedical Research Program (CBR).

An Innovative Space for Innovative Science

The Institute was founded by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, one of the nation's top public research universities, and the Baystate Medical Center, an academic, research, and teaching hospital that serves as the western campus of the Tufts University School of Medicine. These partners established PVLSI to build on the success of the University of Massachusetts Amherst-Baystate Medical Center Collaborative Biomedical Research Program (CBR).

Come Work With Us

Our research organization is designed to facilitate new multidisciplinary, interinstitutional collaborations as we grow. This approach is a direct outgrowth of our mission to improve human health by developing creative new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. In combination with our research approach and collaborative culture, our facilities and location provide an excellent professional environment. If our environment appeals to you, please contact us for more information. For research assistantships available to University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate students and resident physicians at Baystate Medical Center, e-mail PVLSI at pvlsi@bhs.org.