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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Laboratory for Computational Science and Engineering

The Laboratory for Computational Science & Engineering  (LCSE) provides a facility within the University of Minnesota’s Digital Technology Center in which innovative hardware and system software solutions to problems in computational science and engineering can be tested and applied.  The LCSE has a broad mandate to develop innovative high performance computing and data visualization technologies in collaboration with both government and industry.  The lab is open to the University’s Institute of Technology faculty and their students.

Paul Woodward
+1 612 626 9224
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Large Lakes Observatory

The Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) is the only institute in the country dedicated to the study of large lakes throughout the world. We focus on the global implications of our investigations in the areas of aquatic chemistry, circulation dynamics, geochemistry, acoustic remote sensing, plankton dynamics, sedimentology and paleoclimatology. LLO's research ranges from lakes in the East African Rift Valley and Central Asia, to the Great Lakes of North America. Close ties have been formed with institutes in Canada, Uganda, France, Norway, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Nicaragua, Malawi, Tanzania and England, as well as with many universities within the United States. At the University of Minnesota, we are part of a major limnological program that includes the Limnological Research Center and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior on the Twin Cities Campus, and the Center for Water and the Environment in the Natural Resources Research Institute on the Duluth Campus, and the University-wide Water Resource Science program.

Campus and College: Duluth
Robert Sterner
+1 218 726 7926
Last updated: August 28, 2015

Law and Economics, Institute for

The Institute for Law and Economics promotes interdisciplinary research at the interface of economics and the law. Economics provides a tool for studying how legal rules affect human behavior, offering a unique methodology to understand and address contemporary legal and social problems. The Institute seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaborations within the University, as well as with other centers and scholars, nationally and internationally.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, Law School
Brett McDonnell
Francesco Parisi
+1 612 625 1373
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Law and Rationality, Institute for

The Institute for Law and Rationality promotes interdisciplinary collaborations among legal scholars and scholars in such fields as psychology, political science, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, economics (and neuroeconomics) to inquire into how the law does and should understand human behavior. The Institute's aim is to help develop a model of human behavior that lawmakers can use to ground public policy.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, Law School
Claire A. Hill
+1 612 625 6521
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Law and Values in Health, Environment, and the Life Sciences, Consortium on

The mission of the Consortium is to support work on the legal, ethical, and policy implications of problems in health, environment, and the life sciences. Our goal is to advance knowledge, public understanding, and sound policy. We undertake a wide range of activities including sponsoring public lectures and conferences; offering intramural funding to support faculty, students, and colloquia; administering the nationally recognized joint degree program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences; facilitating collaborative research; publishing the top-ranked Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology; and advising on public policy.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, University-Wide
Susan Wolf
+1 612 625 0055
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health, Center for

The Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health has been at the University of MN since 1954. Rooted in the principles of social justice and focused on skills development to serve the programmatic and policy needs of vulnerable populations, our students work to improve the health of women, children, fathers, and families around the world. Our training focuses on public health skills development (program design and evaluation, advocacy, epidemiology) and maternal and child health (MCH) content (reproductive health, infant and child health, adolescent health, social disparities, family systems, and women’s health).

We offer a Master’s degree in Public Health (including an online degree program), continuing professional education, consultation and technical assistance to community-based organizations and public health and social service agencies.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Public Health
Sara Benning
+ 6126247349
Last updated: February 13, 2018

Leading Healthcare Change, Center for

The Center for Leading Healthcare Change offers leadership development for current pharmacy students, alumni and practicing pharmacists. The center provides a national platform for developing pharmacist leaders and for leading change in practice and policy.

Lowell Anderson
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Learning Innovation, Center for

The Center for Learning Innovation (CLI) at the University's Rochester campus (UMR) is the academic home for the bachelor of science in health sciences at UMR. The Center serves as a laboratory for learning. CLI faculty are responsible for performing research and developing and implementing  the integrated curriculum for the bachelor of science in health sciences with built-in assessment capability that will monitor and measure student progress towards learning outcomes. CLI promotes a learner-centered, technology-enhanced, concept-based, and community-integrated learning environment in which ongoing assessment guides and monitors student learning and is the basis for data-driven research on learning.

Campus and College: Rochester
Claudia Neuhauser
+1 507 258 8200
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Learning Technologies Media Lab

The Learning Technologies Media Lab (LTML) is an innovative design and research center located in the College of Education and Human Development’s Centers for Interdisciplinary Research. LTML's mission is to inspire and create opportunities for global collaboration in addressing humanity’s most pressing educational, social, and environmental issues by designing and evaluating innovative technology-mediated solutions for learners, educators, researchers, and organizations around the world.

Aaron Doering, Charles Miller, Cassie Scharber
+1 612 625 7861
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Life Course Center

The Life Course Center supports scholarly inquiry related to the life course through seminars, reading groups, and mentoring of graduate students. Life course studies encompass all stages of life from birth to death. Affiliated faculty use a wide range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, including qualitative and quantitative work, historical studies of the life course in different periods, comparative work that spans diverse societal contexts, and applied, policy-relevant research. The Life Course Center at the University of Minnesota is internationally known as a hub of life course research, graduate training, and research, including the Youth Development Study and other projects.

​Phyllis Moen
+0 612 625 5483
Last updated: August 12, 2016

Lillehei Heart Institute

Our mission is to serve as the world's premier campus for education and research dedicated to cardiovascular health.  Our vision is to sustain and to enhance our world leadership in the prevention, detection, and treatment of heart and vascular diseases.  At the Lillehei Heart Institute we strive to carry out the highest quality health care research, and prepare the next generation of scientists to eclipse our accomplishments.

Daniel Garry
+1 612 626 2178
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Limnological Research Center

LRC is investigating a global network of sites to reconstruct paleohydrology, paleoclimate, and paleoenvironment to test the sensitivity of regional ecosystems to global change and understand ocean-land-atmosphere links. The geologic record of lake basins extends from Precambrian to present. Processes in modern lakes are studied to understand for example, environmental isotopic tracers, ostracode isotope systematics, the carbon cycle, and controls on algal populations.

Emi Ito
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Linguistics, Institute of

This foundation provides the basis for specialization in one or more of these areas as well as investigation of topics at the interface of other subfields and specialties, including language and cognition, language processing (by humans and by machines), and language acquisition.

We encourage research that bridges the gap between linguistics as a pure science and applications such as:

  • documentation and revitalization of endangered languages
  • computational linguistics
  • neurolinguistics
Jeanette K Gundel
+1 612 624 3331
Last updated: June 23, 2015

Lion Research Center

Craig Packer
Last updated: August 11, 2017

Low-Vision Research, Minnesota Laboratory for

The Minnesota Laboratory for Low-Vision Research is dedicated to research on reading difficulties and other important visual problems encountered by people with low vision.  Low vision is any eye condition, not correctable by glasses or contacts, that results in visual impairment. Low vision can be caused by macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataract, retinitis pigmentosa, and many other eye disorders.

Gordon Legge
+1 612 625 4516
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Lung Science and Health, Center for

The Center for Lung Science and Health (CLSH) was established within the University of Minnesota Medical School to facilitate interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach activities in order to promote lung health and improve care of patients with lung disease. The Center is directed by David Ingbar, M.D., the Division Director of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and Marshall Hertz, M.D., the Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program for the University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview. Center program areas include: chronic lung disease (e.g. cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease/pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, lung transplantation), respiratory failure and critical care, lung cancer, asthma and allergy, sleep medicine, along with lung health and disease prevention and complementary care.

Campus and College: Twin Cities
Marshall Hertz, M.D.
+1 612 625 7741
Last updated: June 29, 2015