Skip to Main Content


Research in the UMass Lowell Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences is incorporated into the curriculum. Both undergraduate and graduate students receive hands-on research experience giving them the technical skills that will be valuable in the job market.

Applied Biomedical Sciences

Students conduct research in their Directed Studies and Senior Research courses under the direction of Department faculty. Research may include both library and laboratory investigations. Many graduates of the Applied Biomedical Laboratory Sciences option are employed in industry, working in biomedical device, biotechnological and pharmaceutical companies or as research associates in academic research facilities.

Medical Laboratory Science

Students conduct research in their Clinical Chemistry internship evaluating instrumentation and analytical methods in Clinical Chemistry. In addition, they can do research in their Directed Studies course under the direction of Department faculty.

Students conduct research in their Directed Studies and Senior Research courses under the direction of Department faculty. Our faculty lead community-based population research, lead laboratory-based research in biochemistry,molecular and cell biology, using cell culture and animal models, and conduct epidemiological research using data from population studies.

Nutritional Sciences

The following centers are available on campus:

Faculty Research

Renee Barrile, Ph.D., R.D.
Email: Renee Barrile
Research and scholarship in public health nutrition education, specially how to develop and deliver effective nutrition education and incorporate innovative teaching methods in nutrition education.
Shannon Kelleher, Ph.D.
Email: Shannon Kelleher
Role of diet, genetics, and environmental factors on maternal and infant health; mammary gland development and function; gastrointestinal development and function; impact on host-microbiome interactions across the lifespan.
Kelsey M Mangano, Ph.D., R.D.
Email: Kelsey M Mangano
Exploring relations between nutritional factors and musculoskeletal health among aging adults; linking diet and the microbiome to health and disease prevention. 
Sabrina Noel, Ph.D., R.D.
Email: Sabrina Noel
Relation between diet and chronic disease and osteoporosis; community-based dietary behavior change interventions; health disparities; impact of gut microbiome on bone health.
Katherine L Tucker, Ph.D.
Email: Katherine L Tucker
Population studies focusing on dietary intake and risk of chronic disease (osteoporosis, cognitive decline, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease); dietary methodology in diverse populations; and the role of nutrition in health disparities.
Thomas A. Wilson, Ph.D.
Email: Thomas A. Wilson
Cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis and blood lipids; macular degeneration; nanotechnology delivery of nutrients and drugs; nutrition and hormone metabolism; diabetes and obesity; nutrition and exercise physiology.
Boce Zhang, Ph.D.
Email: Boce Zhang
Pathogen transmission on food and food contact surfaces; biosensor and advanced materials for food safety applications.
Dhimiter Bello, Sc.D, MSc.
Email: Dhimiter Bello
Adverse human health effects of workplace, consumer, and community exposures to toxic chemicals especially exposure to biomarkers/biology.