A Collaborative Approach That Leads to Comprehensive Solutions

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 the philosophy at PVLSI since the Institute opened in 2002. Life scientists at the Institute partner with researchers in other disciplines, such as polymer sciences, engineering, computer science, chemical engineering, exercise science, and nanotechnology. From the design of our labs to the makeup of our research teams, the Institute inspires, promotes, and rewards collaboration within and across fields of study.

Meeting the Needs of Industry


We welcome the participation of companies with research and development needs that complement the range of knowledge and capabilities the Institute has to offer. Our model allows us to address novel research problems ranging from basic cellular and molecular questions to implementation of practical solutions by utilizing expertise in biosciences, medicine, engineering, and/or physical sciences on an as-needed basis. To learn more about our partnerships with business and industry, visit our Business Partners page.

Nurturing the Next Generation of Scientists

We provide educational and research experience at undergraduate through postdoctoral levels that offers the next generation of scientists the chance to learn in a setting that affords a high degree of contact with faculty, clinicians, and a diverse array of research projects. Opportunities include a PhD program for Baystate Medical Center resident physicians through the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

In addition to receiving strong scientific and research training, our students benefit from learning in the Institute's collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. The ability to communicate and work with colleagues from other fields is an increasingly important part of the biomedical research skill set.