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Associate Professor of Molecular Medicine, UMass Chan Medical School

Dr. Nate Hafer serves as the Director of Operations for the University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS). In this role he is responsible for the overall financial and administrative activities of the UMCCTS. This includes acting as a liaison to extramural resources (industry, NIH), linking investigators to one another and to research resources, aiding in the development of projects, and directing all UMCCTS pilot funding programs. He also serves as one of the Co-Directors of the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), which serves as a lifeline for smaller medical device and biotech companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses of UMass. He is an Assistant Professor in the Program in Molecular Medicine at UMass Medical School (UMMS) and leads the UMMS I-Corps program.

Previously, Nate was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Before joining NIH, Nate worked at the Federation of American Scientists and was a Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow at the National Academies. Nate completed his PhD in molecular biology at Princeton University and received a BS in biology from Penn State.


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    Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMass Chan Medical School