Experts in Apoptosis

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is well-known for its breadth of research expertise in apoptosis, or programmed cell death. This important biological process is known to play a significant role in a wide range of devastating health problems, including cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, type 1 diabetes, and reperfusion injuries following heart attacks and strokes.

With funding from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's John Adams Innovation Institute, we launched the Center of Excellence in Apoptosis Research (CEAR) in 2006. Located at PVLSI, the center crosses disciplines to create research groups that focus on signaling pathways that regulate apoptosis. The teams then use their findings to develop new diagnostic tools and therapies to treat human disease.