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$1.5 Billion

in NIH Funding in the last decade



Medical school in New England for NIH research funding



Average federal research support per faculty



Average number of publications per student by graduation


Diversity and Inclusion

Our diversity efforts strengthen our capacity for vital advancements, for research discoveries that change the world, and for carrying out our shared mission of educating tomorrow’s science leaders.


The multiculturalism of our diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and the diverse communities we are part of, create unique opportunities for leveraging our differences as fundamental to our institution’s excellence.  Our work is a global effort enhanced by the great diversity of the local and regional communities in which we live and serve.


Please engage with the following videos to see our leadership's commitment to the work, and diverse students in action.

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Getting Results…
  • PhD candidate Jacob Stillman receives Kirschstein award for multiple sclerosis research

    PhD candidate Jacob Stillman receives Kirschstein award for multiple sclerosis research

    PhD candidate Jacob Stillman has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to further his research on remyelination, targeting diseases such as multiple sclerosis that disrupt how the brain and body communicate.  

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  • UMass Chan neuroscientist receives $4.1 million Transformative Research Award to study Down syndrome

    UMass Chan neuroscientist receives $4.1 million Transformative Research Award to study Down syndrome

    Summer Thyme, PhD, is the recipient of a five-year, NIH-funded research award to study intellectual disability in neurodevelopmental disorders using zebra fish as a model organism.

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  • Lupus Center at UMass Chan investigating CAR T cell therapy for severe or nonresponsive lupus nephritis

    Lupus Center at UMass Chan investigating CAR T cell therapy for severe or nonresponsive lupus nephritis

    The Lupus Center at UMass Chan is participating in a clinical research study, exploring the use of CAR T cell treatment in lupus nephritis for severe or nonresponsive lupus.

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    Student Spotlight


    “I was born in Veracruz Mexico, but spent the majority of my early years in Guatemala City. When visiting Massachusetts for the first time, I was impressed by the diversity and the way people made me feel welcome, which led me to pursue my education here. Dr. Merav Socolovsky offered me the opportunity to join the UMass Chan Medical School family, by joining her lab as a research associate, an experience which changed my outlook on my future. I enjoyed working with Merav so much that I decided to commit to her lab as a PhD student. My decision was largely influenced by the strength of UMass Chan’s research community. There are strong scientists here, many of them leaders in their specific field of research, yet they are down-to-earth and highly approachable.


    The connections I have made during my time as a student go beyond my research colleagues; I have had the chance to meet people in many student body organizations some of whom have become good friends. Despite its size, the institution ensures my voice is heard and taken into consideration, which makes me feel comfortable. The collaborative spirit at UMass Chan, combined with the expertise of the professionals here, means that you can find many ways to accelerate your research interests while also beneficially impacting the work of others. The proximity of the hospital is another resource that makes it easy to translate your research to modern medicine, which impacts the lives of many.”


    Daniel Hidalgo
    PhD Candidate
    Socolovsky Laboratory
    Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology

  • Hannah MacMillan Headshot


    Student Spotlight


    "I am a fourth year graduate student in the Pai Lab within the RNA Therapeutics Institute. I am excited to be using wet and dry lab techniques to research the dynamics of RNA splicing in different disease contexts. UMass Chan Medical School has an impressive array of labs to join, and although I knew I was interested in studying RNA, I was happy to learn that this institution highly encourages new students to check out fields they haven't tried yet when rotating labs. I felt as though UMass Chan cared about the experience of the student and would be invested in shaping us into amazing scientists. I felt a sense of community and collaboration when I interviewed, and this has been proven to be true along my degree journey!


    I plan on working in the biotechnological industry, my excitement for which has been even more catalyzed after taking part in the career planning courses offered at UMass Chan. We are able to converse with industry professionals, carry out simulation exercises for tasks oriented in this field, and create plans for bolstering our resume and network."


    Hannah MacMillan
    PhD Candidate
    Pai Laboratory
    RNA Therapeutics Institute

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    Student Spotlight

    “I am a fourth year PhD candidate at UMass Chan Medical School. My research interest is at the intersection of neuroscience and immunology. I am currently researching inflammation in Alzheimer's disease. I chose the PhD program at UMass Chan simply because it was the best fit for me. I wanted an umbrella program that was interdisciplinary enough to pursue and learn about neuroinflammation. Furthermore, the collaborations at UMass Chan commonly initiated interdisciplinary projects. Finally, I desired an inclusive community. The research and student communities have really proven to be such communities.


    What also sets UMass Chan apart is the multitude of research cores available and the willingness of colleagues to be resources to one another. I plan to become a principal investigator at a private research institute. I believe the environment and conversations I've had with people here have helped prepared me to become a leader at a private research institute.”


    Stephanie Becker

    PhD Candidate

    Golenbock Laboratory


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