Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute Announces New CEAR Director

November 11, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –Sallie Smith-Schneider has been appointed director of the Center of Excellence in Apoptosis Research (CEAR) at the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute (PVLSI). Schneider previously served as associate director for CEAR and is an adjunct assistant professor of veterinary and animal sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received her Ph.D.

A highly respected researcher who has published extensively in the apoptosis field, Schneider has taught several apoptosis-related courses at UMass Amherst and mentored many undergraduates and graduate students in the field. In addition, Schneider donates her time to the Baystate-Springfield Educational Partnership to help high school students with an interest in science gain laboratory research experience. CEAR was established in 2007, and funded by a $3 million grant from the John Adams Innovation Institute to foster collaborations in apoptosis research and seed life science economic development projects.

“I look forward to furthering the work we have already begun under the CEAR initiative,” said Schneider. “Apoptosis, or programmed cell death, is implicated in over 70 percent of human diseases. Understanding and intervening in this process will help us find better treatments for diseases, such as cancer and diabetes.”

Schneider replaces Lawrence Schwartz, who also served as PVLSI’s science director, since its inception in 2004. Schwartz was recently appointed the Eugene M. and Ronnie Isenberg Professor of Integrative Science at UMass Amherst.

Dr. Paul Friedmann, executive director of the PVLSI said, “I am delighted that Sallie will be heading up CEAR. Her collaborative working style and strong leadership skills make her a natural for this role. As associate director, Sallie was heavily involved in the decision making process and this will allow a seamless transition for us.”

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