Centers

Center for Cell and Genome Science

The Center for Cell and Genome Science fosters collaboration amongst scientists in different disciplines in order to promote the understanding of genetic regulation of cell differentiation and function. New techniques in ultra-high resolution imaging and labeling molecules are now permitting scientists to see and manipulate the molecular machinery of the cell like never before. The Center for Cell and Genome Science is at the forefront of this revolution.

Contact: Professor Villu Maricq, Director

Center for Quantitative Biology

The explosion of the biological sciences has resulted in its fragmentation into numerous narrow specialties. Yet the field remains unified by a common set of integrative questions about how complex biological systems function and evolve in the face of uncertainty and noise. While many have correctly emphasized the unifying role of genomics in addressing these questions at all biological scales, the Center for Quantitative Biology focuses instead on the unifying role of mathematical and computational approaches in connecting these questions.

This Center facilitates collaborative research projects between quantitative and experimental life scientists, creates an environment for transformative research through visitor programs, workshops, and graduate student support, and gives the University of Utah well-deserved visibility in this area. The CQB currently hosts the following programs:

  • An annual workshop around a specific life science theme, attracting basic and quantitative biologists from the campus,
  • A visitor program, hosting senior visitors from throughout the range of the life sciences for long-term visits,
  • A Mathematical Modeling Consulting Center, where students in Mathematical Biology will work with graduate students from around campus to address scientific problems.

Contact: Professor Fred Adler, Director

Global Change and Sustainability Center

The Global Change and Sustainability Center is a multi-college center to foster research and graduate training in multi-disciplinary environmental research at ecosystem scale. The center is interested in fostering collaborative research in both natural and human-built systems, with a focus on understanding how land-use change, climate change, human developments, and invasive species impact the functioning and dynamics of ecological systems. The center plans to develop a first-year graduate program, support research development, and provide outreach through web-based products and seminars.

Contact: Professor James Ehleringer, Director