UMass Medical Center Opens First Cyro-Electron Microscopy Facility in New England

UMass Medical School (UMMS), a NEC member, recently opened the UMMS Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility at its Worcester campus, the first of its kind in New England.

The facility has two cryo-electron microscopes capable of providing a closer look at cell structures, which may lead to new advances in medicine and the understanding of diseases. The microscopes allow researchers to see individual molecules inside a cell at unprecedented levels of detail. Academic institutions and business are expected to buy lab time from the school to use the microscopes.

“Scientists and industry partners understand that this will transform how all of us do science,” said Jean King, PhD, associate provost for biomedical research, director of the Center for Comparative Neuroimaging, and professor of psychiatry, radiology and neurology. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to assume a leadership role with a cutting edge technology that will be used by a consortium of academic and commercial partners. We are proud to be a public medical school at the cutting edge. Cryo-EM is a useful tool for everyone in biology across all disciplines.”

The New England Council congratulates UMass Medical School for continuing to innovate by bringing the first cryo-electron microscopes to New England. Read more in the press release and in the Worcester Business Journal.

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