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 Macular Degeneration Center:
- Provides the best possible clinical care for individuals with macular or retinal disease.
- Focuses research on the development of novel therapies for macular or retinal degenerations using translational research methodologies.
- Educates the leaders of tomorrow in patient care and vision research.
The MMC has focused on the applications and advancement of Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM) . With great versatility in Scanning Force Microscopes, along with the many other magnetic probes to which the MMC has access, such as Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID), and Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM). The focus of this group has been on high resolution magnetic force microscopy (HRMFM), exchange bias, giant magnetoresistance (GMR), colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) and spinglasses.
CMRR is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary research laboratory that provides state-of-the-art instrumentation, expertise, and infrastructure to carry out biomedical research utilizing the unique capabilities provided by high field MRI and MRS methodology. The central aim of the research conducted in CMRR is to non-invasively obtain functional, physiological, and biochemical information in intact biological systems, and use this capability to probe biological processes in health and disease.
The MIS Research Center provides a bridge for the MIS faculty and the business community to come together. Our goal to promote this interaction between MIS professionals and academicians not only improves the MIS program but it also precipitates back into the business community. The overall mission of the MISRC is to be a window into the MIS Program at the Carlson School.
The Center houses data on Manure Storage, Manure Treatment, Manure Application, Air Quality, Open Lots, Health and Safety, Milkhouse Waste, Horse Manure, Dead Animals, and Regulations.
The Masonic Cancer Center enriches and supports the work of its members by providing an opportunity for professionals from a variety of academic backgrounds to interact and collaborate in multidisciplinary research programs, including: prevention and etiology, survivorship, carcinogenesis and chemoprevention, genetic mechanisms of cancer, tumor microenvironment, immunology, cell signaling, translational research, and transplant biology and therapy.
The Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics (MSP) provides nearly all of the modern technology for proteomic research via mass spectrometry and gel electrophoresis plus major resources for analysis of small molecules in biological samples by mass spectrometry. The MSP employs experts in protein preparation and analysis for proteomic research (4 PhD-level scientists, one MS-level and two BS-level individuals) from virtually any type of tissue or cell. It serves individual investigators in addition to outside biotechnology firms and research institutions. The center maintains collaborative associations with the Proteomic center at the Mayo Clinic and with the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.
The University's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) enables important areas of future technology, ranging from biomedicine, separations, and plastic electronics to security, renewable energy, and information technology. MRSEC manages an extensive program in education and career development. Center research activities are integrated with educational programs, providing interdisciplinary training of students and postdocs. The Center is bolstered by a broad complement of over 35 companies that contribute directly to IRG research through intellectual, technological, and financial support. International research collaborations and student exchanges are pursued with leading research labs in Asia and Europe. MRSEC benefits from an extensive suite of materials synthesis, characterization and computational facilities.
MathCEP is dedicated to educational outreach. Its mission is to develop and administer educational programs in mathematics for pre-college, undergraduate and graduate students and for K-12 preservice/inservice teachers.
The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications was established in 1982 by the National Science Foundation, as a result of a national competition. The Institute connects scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in order to address scientific and technological challenges in a collaborative, engaging environment, developing transformative, new mathematics and exploring its applications, while training the next generation of researchers and educators.
The Office of Measurement Services (OMS) provides primary data collection assistance for a variety of survey and research needs as well as strategic measurement and assessment assistance. Our multi-mode capabilities include face-to-face, online, mail and telephone data collection via our 18 station call center. We also provide questionnaire design and focus group expertise. OMS expertise includes years of experience from the former Minnesota Center for Survey Research and School of Public Health Health Survey Research Center which are now a part of our office. OMS also serves a critical role to the University of Minnesota by facilitating exam scoring and reporting, Student Rating of Teaching evaluations (SRT's), 360 degree reports, Student Experience at the Research University (SERU) administration, and comprehensive reviews of Deans and Directors. The Minnesota Statewide Testing Program (MSTP) is also housed at OMS. MSTP measures and assesses K-12 student ability and academic growth through the application of different tests.
The Silha Center is the vanguard of the School`s interest in the ethical responsibilities and legal rights of the mass media in a democratic society. The Center focuses on the concepts and values that define the highest ideals of American journalism: freedom and fairness. It honors the importance of these ideals by examining their theoretical and practical applications and by recognizing the interdependence of ethical and legal principles.
The Medical Devices Center combines basic research, applied translational research, education and training, and outreach/public engagement to accelerate interdisciplinary medical device research and development.
Established by the Carlson School and the University of Minnesota in 2005, the Medical Industry Leadership Institute is dedicated to the advancement of cutting-edge MBA education, executive education, research, and market development.
The Center edits scholarly books and journals, offers minors and courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, organizes formal colloquia, informal workshops, and conferences around specific themes, facilitates graduate and undergraduate student groups, seeks internal and external funding for program development and faculty and student research projects, provides an opportunity for scholars of all disciplines and at all levels to focus intensively on historical, literary, anthropological, social, economic, religious, artistic, cultural, and methodological inquiries into the medieval period (ca 300-1500 C.E.), and collaborates with other institutions including the Institute for Advanced Study, the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, and the Newberry Library in undertakings such as the Minnesota Manuscript Research Laboratory, the Mappi Mundi Project, and the Global Middle Ages Project.
The N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care is a tripartite endeavor encompassing basic, translational, and clinical research on memory disorders. Our goal is to relieve the suffering caused by Alzheimer's disease. We are working towards safe and affordable prevention strategies and comprehensive care and support for people with memory problems and their families. In order to achieve this goal, we have brought together scientists, physicians and health care workers.We are one of four centers within the Institute for Translational Neuroscience (ITN), administered within the Medical School which is a division of the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota. The center members are drawn from the Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Psychiatry. Our center has strong ties to the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health System, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (VA GRECC) where some faculty have joint appointments and some of our research is performed.
The Center for Metals in Biocatalysis fosters interactions among the various groups at the University who are interested in metal ions and their roles in biocatalysis. Research activities include: biodegradation of aliphatic and aromatic compounds, mechanisms of biological alkane oxidations by nonheme iron and copper centers, oxygen activation, nitrogen oxide metabolism, synthesis and design of structural and functional models of metalloenzymes, DNA cleavage, metalloprotein crystallography, and spectroelectrochemistry.
The Metropolitan Design Center is an emerging design and research-based institution belonging to the University's College of Design, conceived to facilitate an environment for creative thinking and community engagement while fostering an integrative view of the City, bringing together many fields of research to advance innovative urban design strategies for the achievement of sustainable cities and regions in the State of Minnesota.
The mission of the Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute (MPGI) is to promote advances in microbial and plant genomics, genomics-enabled science, and molecular genetics for the benefit of society. The Institute supports research, educational and outreach activities that foster a multi-disciplinary interchange of ideas and cutting-edge technologies and their applications. Activities of the Institute contribute to basic science and the translation of genomics for applications to the environment, agriculture, and human health.
The Center for Micromagnetics and Information Technologies (MINT) is a research center at the University of Minnesota associated with the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Material Science, and Physics. Research focuses on data storage technologies, including magnetic recording, materials, and signal processing for storage.
The Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center focuses particularly on flavor development and functionality in cheese, improving the performance of cheese starter cultures through genetics, adding value to milk-based products with probiotics and nutraceuticals, improving shelf life of flavored milks, reducing undesirable taste of milk, improving functionality and controlling flavor attributes of milk fractionation components, and developing methods for effective and profitable uses of whey.
Many surgical procedures (including hernia repair, spenectomy, lysis of adhesions, small bowel resection, and adrenalectomy) can be performed by mininally invasive surgical techniques, and are now routine at the Center. The focus of the efforts are in the following areas: Thoracic and Foregut Surgery, Obesity Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, Urologic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Transplantation, Gynecology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, and Otorhinolaryngology.
The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center’s mission is to develop biologically and economically sound solutions to control key aquatic invasive species (AIS) affecting Minnesota’s waters. Our strategy is to develop an in-depth understanding of the biology and ecology of key AIS to determine if there are weaknesses in their life histories that can be targeted for control, prevention, and detection. While based in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources Sciences, the Center includes researchers from other colleges and promotes interdisciplinary approaches to solution-finding, including using biology, ecology, social science, engineering, and technology. Created in 2012 with funding through the State's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Clean Water Fund, the Center is also supported by other local, state, federal and private funding sources.
The Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training Program (MinnCResT) is an innovative interdisciplinary program designed to develop a cadre of scientists who explore the frontiers of craniofacial, dental, and oral health research. We have over 80 mentors forming cross-disciplinary teams of trainees and mentors from such fields as biology, neuroscience, microbiology, genetics, immunology, engineering, psychology, dentistry, medicine, and other disciplines that contribute to its research training mission.
The Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics (MDRCBB) is a multi-disciplinary resource dedicated to furthering research and development in biomaterials, and biomechanics. The MDRCBB has the physical facilities, equipment, and faculty expertise for collaborative studies with researchers within and outside the School of Dentistry. This includes faculty from other departments, graduate students, undergraduate dental students, and visiting researchers. The MDRCBB research environment is based on collaboration among the MDRCBB faculty members and other researchers. The Center welcomes researchers to present their ideas to the MDRCBB faculty and to discuss methods that will best achieve their goals. MDRCBB faculty regularly provide their expertise and train researchers in the use of the Center's technology, which include simulators of chewing and tooth brushing, 3D scanning, Finite Element Analysis, the Virtual Dental Patient, Fracture toughness and microhardness testing, and simulations of artificial caries and remineralization.
For more than 40 years, the Minnesota ECG Coding Center has been the major electrocardiographic visual reading service center for epidemiological studies and clinical trials, both nationally and internationally. The mission of the Center is to document the prognostic and diagnostic value of electrocardiography for epidemiological studies and clinical trials. The Center has been at the forefront of developing and evaluating new criteria sets for incident cardiac events, including silent or symptomatic myocardial infarction, ischemia, left ventricular hypertrophy, QT dispersion, and heart rate variability.
Extension is a 100-year-old partnership between the University and federal, state and county governments - providing scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. The University of Minnesota is one of the nation's more than 100 land grant colleges and universities with a mission to engage in teaching, research and extension. Through Extension, land grant institutions "extend" their resources to address critical public issues through non-formal, non-credit education. Extension faculty and staff live and work across the state, in regional and county offices, University campuses, and research and outreach centers.
The Minnesota Geological Survey was established by Legislative Act on March 1, 1872 to ensure the availability of the regional geological, geophysical, and geochemical information that the people of the State require to ensure wise stewardship of their water, land, and mineral resources, and to thus realize societal benefits related to economic prosperity, public health, natural hazards, as well as appreciation and preservation of our natural heritage.
The center`s mission is three-fold: to improve the practice of journalism, including advertising, public relations and new media; to promote interaction between media professionals and the academy; and to serve as the outreach arm of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The Arboretum's mission is to be a resource for horticultural and environmental information, research and public education. To inspire and delight visitors with quality plants in well-designed and maintained displays, collections, model landscapes, and conservation areas.
The mission of Minnesota LTAP is to improve the skills and knowledge of local transportation agencies through training, technical assistance, and technology transfer and to foster a safe, efficient, and environmentally sound transportation system. Minnesota LTAP conducts workshops and seminars, conferences, customized training, demonstrations, and distance learning. In addition, Minnesota LTAP publishes newsletters and maintains a Web site with extensive resources. Minnesota LTAP is part of the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA), a network of centers nationwide—one in each state and Puerto Rico—as well as several Tribal Technical Assistance Programs, or TTAPs. In addition, there are six centers in Mexico.
The mission of the Nanofabrication Center (NFC), an interdisciplinary facility for faculty and industrial research within the University's College of Science and Engineering, is to support education, research, and industrial development in microelectronics; and other related research involving nanofabrication. This is done by providing access to state-of-the-art micro and nano fabrication equipment in a clean room environment, as well as the technical expertise to use this equipment. The NFC is part of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), an NSF-supported partnership of 13 user facilities nationwide providing Nano Technology Research.
The Minnesota NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) Center's goal is to make state-of-the-art instrumental resources available to researchers and provide a venue for them to pursue their projects and develop their experience in NMR methods. The state-of-the-art NMR center is part of the Department of Biochemistry Microbiology and Biophysics and is housed in the Mayo Memorial Building in the former Mayo garage space. Available instruments include four Bruker NMR spectrometers at 900 MHz, 850 MHz, and two at 700 MHz. Additionally, four Varian NMR spectrometers at field strengths of 700 MHz and 600 MHz support liquids and solids spectroscopy.
The Minnesota Obesity Center is a Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) funded by the National Institute of Diabetes, and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. The Minnesota Obesity Center has a diverse research base consisting of 85 active investigators with 167 funded projects in obesity, energy metabolism and eating disorders, generating over $44 million per year in grant support for their investigations. The Center incorporates researchers who are studying the causes and treatments of obesity. These investigators are from the University of Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center, Hennepin County Medical Center, and HealthPartners Research Foundation. The MN Obesity Center awards small research grants through its Pilot and Feasibility Program, with additional support provided through the Core Facilities. The Education Enrichment Program provides the general public with a source of information on the happenings of the Center and on the current developments in the field of obesity.
The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is a University-wide interdisciplinary cooperative for demographic research. MPC fosters connections among population researchers across disciplines and opens new opportunities for large-scale collaborative externally funded research projects. The Center provides shared infrastructure for demographic analysis and administration to approximately sixty faculty members and research associates from ten colleges and nineteen departments at the University of Minnesota. The unit employs approximately a hundred research support staff, including computer programmers and technicians, administrative staff, research assistants, and data-entry staff. As a leading developer and disseminator of demographic data, we also serve a broader audience of some 25,000 demographic researchers worldwide. One of our central missions is to provide tools for the study of economic and social change and to encourage a historical approach to social policy analysis. To that end, we have developed several of the largest and most powerful demographic databases in the world.
Minnesota Sea Grant is a partnership of the University of Minnesota and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It is one of 32 other Sea Grant programs located in coastal states throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Our mission is to facilitate interaction among the public and scientists to enhance communities, the environment and economies along Lake Superior and Minnesota’s inland waters by identifying needs, fostering research, and communicating results.
The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) is part of the NASA Funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Nationally, Space Grant is a network of 52 university-based statewide consortia (all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico) with 820 affiliates. Space Grant provides state-based pre-college education, higher educational research opportunities for faculty and students, and public service activities related to aerospace science and engineering.
The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) provides access to High Performance Computing (HPC), storage, and visualization resources. MSI's services include all aspects of high-performance computing and scientific modeling and simulation, as well as graphics, visualization, high-performance network communications, informatics, and data mining. Researchers use high-performance computing environments to address problems in the physical, biological, medical, mathematical, and computing sciences, engineering, and other fields. MSI also provides fee-based dedicated technical consulting and analytical services tailored to support specific research initiatives or development programs. Examples include long-term programming assistance, development of customized research and analysis environments, database development and implementation, discipline-specific analytical services, collaboration environments or networks, web-based interfaces for research, analysis, or collaboration, sustained training, and advanced visualization services. MSI also offers space and maintenance, operation, and support services for the co-location of researchers' HPC servers and storage with MSI facilities. MSI maintains “condominium” style supercomputing in which researchers' server capabilities are integrated with existing hardware in order to augment the performance of the aggregate system.
The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is an outreach program at the University of Minnesota that helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that maximize resource efficiency, prevent pollution and reduce costs and energy use.
The Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) is a transportation laboratory focusing on testing and evaluation of new transportation management and operational strategies and traveler information technologies. The MTO also supports the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute's research, education and outreach efforts, providing laboratory facilities for graduate and undergraduate students as well as educational resources for course instructors and transportation professionals.
Our Mission is to enhance the quality and quantity of life of companion animals. We are committed to the development of noninvasive methods that will consistently and safely prevent and cure diseases of the urinary system. Our Mission encompasses compassionate utilization of contemporary science and selection of clinical teams to provide care that we would select for ourselves. We are staffed by board certified veterinarians and specially trained professionals qualified in the analysis and interpretation of biogenic minerals from veterinary patients.
The purpose of the MIST Center is to integrate interdisciplinary faculty, graduate students, and visiting researchers from academia, industry, and government in applied and basic research in advanced integrated system design and design automation technologies by supporting research with industrial, government, and academic funding and state-of-the-art research equipment; to provide graduate education through research, courses, and seminars on topics related to integrated systems; and to transfer technologies related to integrated system design and automation through research reports, publications, theses, patents, seminars, annual reviews, short courses, and workshops.
The MMAD Lab (Motion + Media Across Disciplines), a motion capture and high definition video production studio was constructed in 2014. Equipped with a multiple camera shooting space, cyclorama and backdrops, studio lighting and sound booth, this interdisciplinary lab fosters faculty collaboration and research in biomechanics, ergonomics, animation, performing arts and computer generated virtual environments research.
More than 125 researchers from over 20 departments at UMD including Art & Design, Chemical Engineering, Foreign Languages, Large Lakes Observatory, History and Seagrant utilize the Viz Lab and MMAD Lab. Both labs are under the administration of the School of Fine Arts.
The goals of the Basic Research Center on Molecular and Cell Biology of Drug Addiction (MCBDA) are: 1) to foster interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations among investigators to address the problems of drug addiction, 2) to serve as an activity center to coordinate and to promote all academic and scholarly activities on drug addiction at University of Minnesota, 3) to serve also as a national resource for drug addiction research by providing reagents, probes or genetic altered mice developed by investigators within the Center, and 4) to serve as the training center for young scientists interested in the problems drug addiction research.
A unit of the Academic Health Center, Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics offers state-of-the-art GMP/GTP compliant, full-service development and manufacturing of cell- and tissue-based products, monoclonal antibodies and other therapeutic proteins, as well as active pharmaceutical ingredients, for use in Phase I, II or III clinical trials. Our fully-staffed technical and quality personnel with over 70 years of combined cell-based products experience, through product development and technical expertise, as well as medical and regulatory support, work to compress development timelines and translate research into medicine.
The Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV) seeks to improve the health of the citizens of Minnesota through education, outreach, and research (basic, clinical, translational). The IMV unites virus researchers from across the University of Minnesota in a strategic manner to enhance the mission and goals of the IMV.
The Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School at the University of Minnesota is sponsored by the Institute of Child Development. The Institute has been a national focal point of child study since its inception in 1925; the Lab School has made a substantial contribution to this effort.Its primary functions are:
- Demonstrating exemplary early childhood practices and providing a sound educational setting for preschool children
- Training teachers of young children at both the graduate and undergraduate levels
- Serving as an active center of child study and research.
MyMinnesotaWoods is a communication hub managed by UMN Extension and serving Minnesota's 200,000 family woodland owners. Collectively, this group owns and manages well over 5 million acres of forest land. MyMinnesotaWoods provides reliable, research-based information on woodland stewardship, wildlife management, silviculture, timber harvesting, and more to support sound decisions and conservation action on these important lands.