Department of Molecular Biosciences faculty, research scientists, postdocs and graduate students are affiliated with a number of cross-departmental and cross-college research centers and institutes. They are:
Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
The Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CCBB) provides research opportunities and support for students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty interested in the use of computational approaches to solving biological problems. The vision of the CCBB is to provide an exciting intellectual environment, an excellent bioinformatics consulting group, an advanced computing infrastructure, and training opportunities in computational approaches to the fundamental questions of modern biology.
John Ring LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease
The mission of the LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease is to conduct basic and translational research into the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal infections and strategies for their prophylaxis and therapy. These efforts also include characterizing and predicting the spread of infectious diseases through populations, and supporting programs to define the human and animal responses to challenge by infectious agents and how human genetics impact susceptibility to infection.
Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology
Research at the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology (CSSB) is focused on the integration of genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics data—offering a more unified view of organisms as integrated networks. Such systems-wide, interdisciplinary approaches allow us to better define the functions of genes, and to accelerate the discovery of new pathways that are critical for various traits and diseases.
Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology
Fundamental research into the basic processes of living cells and tissues is crucial to future advances in medicine and biotechnology. Indeed, in few fields of study are basic discovery and practical applications so closely intertwined. In 1993 The University established the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology to focus efforts on the revolutionary developments occurring in molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, and genomics.
Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research
Investigators at the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research provide wide-ranging academic approaches to alcohol and addiction research. These research directives include studies of neural plasticity, molecular actions of alcohols and anesthetics, gene expression, and addictive behaviors.