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 centers@umn.edu.

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Dairy Education Center

The mission of the Dairy Education Center of the College of Veterinary Medicine is to enhance dairy animal health and welfare and the efficient, profitable, and environmentally sound production of quality food for the consumer.

Scott Wells
Last updated: August 11, 2017

Design in Health, Center for

The mission of the Center for Design in Health is to foster excellence in human factors systems design, with an emphasis on designing work processes to facilitate better performance and on designing technology to enhance work processes.  We go beyond problem description—we solve problems by generating innovative design solutions that facilitate better performance.  A central goal of the Center is to generate cutting edge research fostered by interdisciplinary collaboration with others working in health-related design. The Center focuses on bringing researchers working in process design, medical technology, architecture, landscape architecture, and clothing design together to create forward-thinking systems solutions to health-related problems.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, College of Design
Kathleen Harder
+1 612 626 0026
Last updated: June 23, 2015

Developmental Biology Center

The DBC is a group of some 50 faculty who share an interest in the processes that create the form and function of the biological world around us. At the heart of developmental biology lies a search for the mechanisms that specify cell fates, control patterning in complex tissues, and organize collections of diverse cells into organs. Deciphering these mechanisms requires many approaches, including cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and neurobiology. These areas are reflected in the interests and research efforts of our faculty.

David Zarkower
Last updated: July 27, 2015

Diesel Research, Center for

The Center specializes in the physical and chemical characterization of exhaust emissions, evaluation of emission controls, evaluation and demonstration of alternative fuels, certification of on- and off-highway engines, and the evaluation of control technology in the field. The Center has unique capabilities to characterize exhaust aerosols.

David Kittelson
+1 612 624 3504
Last updated: July 27, 2015

Digital Technology Center

The Digital Technology Center (DTC) is a hub of innovation and excellence at the University in the digital technologies serving the industrial, educational, and public needs of the state and the nation. The DTC integrates research, education, and outreach in digital design, computer graphics and visualization, telecommunications, intelligent data storage and retrieval systems, distributed robotics, safety, security, and rescue, multimedia, datamining, scientific computation, wireless communications, advanced storage technologies, and other digital technologies.

Georgios Giannakis
+1 612 624 9510
Last updated: July 27, 2015

Distributed Robotics, Center for

The major objectives of our research are to design, build and demonstrate distributed robotic systems composed of a large collection of medium sized, small, and miniature robots, connected by a wireless communication network, cooperating to accomplish their given mission. The design of the individual robots, in particular the miniature robots, the development of innovative MEMS sensors for the miniature robots, and the development of control software for the individual robots and overall distributed system are the major innovative aspects of our work. The emphasis is on the creation of inexpensive reconfigurable robotic systems which consist of physically separate units that communicate via a wireless communication network. These individual robots can work independently but in cooperation to complete the common goal. The ultimate objective is that the individual robots can combine forces to accomplish a class of tasks in a more robust and cost effective manner than a single robot. To meet these objectives, the Center's team consists of a diverse collection of people from the University and other related industries.

Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Domestic Violence in the African American Community, Institute on

The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC)focuses on the unique circumstances of African Americans as they face issues related to domestic violence, including intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder maltreatment, and community violence. IDVAAC’s mission is to enhance society’s understanding of and ability to end violence in the African-American community. IDVAAC was formed in 1993, when a group of scholars and practitioners informally met to discuss the plight of the African-American community in the area of domestic violence. The group ultimately agreed that the “one-size-fits-all” approach to domestic violence services being provided in mainstream communities would not suffice for African Americans, who disproportionately experience stressors that can create conditions that lead to violence in the home.

Oliver Williams
+1 612 624 9201
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Drug Design, Center for

The Center for Drug Design (CDD) is a distinctive, cutting edge research facility in the Academic Health Center of the University of Minnesota. We are dedicated to: Providing a research environment for leading scientists, Sharing unique strategies within the scientific community, Developing novel drug therapies, Vigorously pursuing an academic research agenda, Transferring scientific knowledge, Designing and developing new medicines to benefit people worldwide, Supporting the interaction of many disciplines and areas of study, and Creating a focal point for research.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, Academic Health Center
Robert Vince
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Duluth Medical Research Institute

The Duluth Medical Research Institute (DMRI) links scientists from multiple preclinical and clinical biomedical fields to forge innovative biomedical and health research programs. DMRI scientists translate new knowledge and develop preclinical and clinical research informing further research in each domain. The DMRI also facilitates interactions among academics, clinical scientists, and community clinicians to improve use and access to discoveries in medical sciences.

Campus and College: Duluth
Mustafa al'Absi
+1 218 726 8513
Last updated: January 16, 2015