About Centers and Institutes
The University of Minnesota is home to over 300 research, education, and outreach centers and institutes. This listing will help you identify, learn about, and contact these units.
Interested in partnering with a center or institute? Please contact the Office for Public Engagement.
Center and Institute staff needing to make updates to this list, please contact Elizabeth Duykers.
The Bell Museum (Minnesota's state museum of natural history) is an interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach center. The faculty conduct cutting edge research on patterns and processes in evolutionary biology and maintain outstanding scientific collections (Amphibians and Reptiles, Birds, Fishes, Fungi, Insects, Lichenized Fungi, Mammals, Mollusks, and Vascular Plants) for use in research and teaching. Bell Museum scientists are actively engaged in both undergraduate and graduate education. The museum's public facility serves the public generally and K-12 education specifically through a combination of permanent exhibits (notably world-class habitat dioramas), traveling exhibits, and public programs (e.g., Cafe Scientifique, Field Trips). In addition, educational outreach programs bring environmental science education to schools, nature centers, and state parks around the state.
Biodale is a consortium of research services facilities, which offer state-of-the-art equipment and technical expertise in the areas of fermentation, protein expression, proteomics, protein mass spectrometry, DNA sequencing, electron- and light microscopy, as well as high-throughput screening. Most of the laboratories are located in Snyder Hall and Gortner Lab on the St. Paul campus.
The mission of the Center is to advance and disseminate knowledge concerning ethical issues in health care and the life sciences. The Center carries out this mission by conducting original interdisciplinary research, offering educational programs and courses, fostering public discussion and debate through community outreach activities, and assisting in the formulation of public policy.
The Biophysical Technology Center makes state-of-the-art instrumental resources for optical spectroscopy and EPR available to researchers, providing a venue for them to pursue their projects and develop their experience. Top priorities of the center personnel are to maintain the performance of these instruments at the highest level and to provide basic training to new users. In addition, the resident expertise in the center is available to facilitate spectroscopy efforts and contribute to the scientific research efforts of users in the development of strategies for data collection and analysis. The center is open as a first priority to all University of Minnesota researchers, and to outside researchers by arrangement.
The Center for Biorefining is affiliated with the University's Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) to coordinate efforts and resources to conduct exploratory fundamental and applied research; provide education on bioenergy, biochemicals and biomaterials; stimulate collaboration among University researchers, other public sector investigators, and private investigators involved in bio-based production technology development; promote technology transfer to industries; and foster economic development in rural areas.
The BioTechnology Institute (BTI) provides advanced research, training, and university-industry interaction in biological process technology, a major area of biotechnology research. The Institute is the central University of Minnesota vehicle for coordinated research in the biological, chemical, and engineering aspects of biotechnology.
BTI faculty perform basic research in biocatalysis, microbial physiology and the production of biofuels and other products made from renewable resources. Faculty educate graduate students and postdoctorals, and consult and collaborate with industrial scientists.
In addition to the faculty laboratories, the Institute has established the Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC), a process scale pilot plant unique in the state, which is accessible to industrial and academic scientists for collaborative and contract research. The BioTechnology Institute also coordinates an active industrial outreach program which sponsors short courses and mini-symposia.
The Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center is a comprehensive program for basic science research, clinical studies, and education in the disease of the nervous system that causes ataxia and related disorders.
The mission of the Brain Barriers Research Center (BBRC) is to improve therapy delivery and treatments of brain disorders by fostering interdisciplinary brain barrier research.
The Brain Sciences Center, located at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, is an interdisciplinary research institute, and training center, that focuses on the mechanisms underlying the active, dynamic brain in both health and disease.
The Office for Business & Community Economic Development (OBCED) was created in 1999 to advance the University's interests in promoting economic development, employment, and training opportunities for historically underserved communities. The mission of OBCED is to contribute to the economic growth and development of Minnesota communities. The OBCED provides a unique opportunity for leveraging the University's resources, such as intellectual property, technology transfer, and research capabilities.