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 expertise of the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) is the interface of business, strategy, science, technology, innovation, and policy. Our mission is to be a world-class leader in education, research, and consulting. TLI offers three Master of Science degrees: Master of Science in Management of Technology (MOT), Master of Science in Infrastructure Systems Engineering (ISE) and Master of Science in Security Technologies (MSST) with the option of M.S. and Ph.D. minors. In addition, TLI works in close partnership with representatives from Minnesota's technology-driven companies to develop its corporate and academic programs. Our short courses are a direct response to the needs of Minnesota's high-tech businesses. Information and skills taught are industry focused with an emphasis on workplace applications. TLI's skill set includes technology foresight and forecasting, innovation, strategic management of technology, new product and business development, science and technology policy, and intellectual property.
The Food Industry Center (TFIC) is a national collaboration of scholars made up of faculty, students, and industry leaders from across the nation and the world who address the issues of an efficient, ethical, healthy, safe, and sustainable food system. The Center addresses cross-sector issues through developing and disseminating data and analysis focused on how food moves from farm to fork. TFIC was founded in 1995 at the University as one of several Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Centers and the only one that studies the food industry. The Center has an illustrious history of conducting primary research on the food industry and offering forums on current industry topics and best practices. Originally established as The Retail Food Industry Center, the Center changed its name to The Food Industry Center in 2001 to accurately portray the breadth of food industry studies it conducts.
Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development (ITDD; Gunda I. Georg, Ph.D., Director, Vadim J. Gurvich, Ph.D., Associate Director) is a research center within the College of Pharmacy that would enable creating an almost complete line from drug discovery to drug development to clinical trials within the University of Minnesota. The Institute's purpose is to conduct research, provide education and offer scientific services to research and business communities in the area of drug discovery and development. The Institute greatly enhances the research capabilities of the University of Minnesota by allowing translation of the biological discoveries to new therapies and bringing drugs to market. The Institute consists of four scientific cores - Medicinal Chemistry, High-Throughput Screening, Lead and Probe Discovery, and Chemical Process Development. The Institute offers a variety of services including drug discovery, HTS and assay development (assay capabilities include absorbance, FRET, fluorescence, luminescence, cell based reporter & viability assays, FP, and high content image analysis assays), computational drug design, lead identification and optimization, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, chemical libraries development, chemical process development, scale up, API synthesis under cGMP conditions, CMC support for IND applications, protein purification, analytical services, and others.
The T.E. Murphy Engine Research Laboratory functions to serve the diesel engine, automotive, and alternative fuels industries. The Lab 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 Lab also features two transient double-ended dynamometer test cells equipped with state-of-the-art instruments and control systems. This enables researchers to expand their footprint in alternative fuels, drive-cycle testing and fundamental combustion research.
The mission of the Tissue Mechanics Laboratory is to provide specialized instruments and methods to characterize the mechanical properties of soft biological materials, provide quantitative loads to living tissues, foster research in these areas, and provide a resource for the University community and industrial partners.
The Tobacco Research Programs started with a few studies back in the early 1980’s. Early studies at the University of Minnesota helped to characterize physical dependence on nicotine and the nicotine withdrawal syndrome. Some of our early treatment studies examined the effectiveness of nicotine gum and the nicotine patch.
The Center prepares and supports the tourism industry for success and sustainability. Since 1986, the University's Tourism Center has been a source of education and research for Minnesota, the United States, and many countries. The Tourism Center conducts tourism research, provides education and engages the tourism industry, community groups and students. The director and staff are advised by a dynamic and diverse industry advisory committee.
The mission of the Center for Translational Medicine is to support the development of novel, investigator-initiated treatment strategies in order to facilitate the implementation of new therapies for patients and achieve new breakthroughs in medicine at the University. The Center has a well-equipped lab and a full-time staff and provides the infrastructure, expertise and resources necessary to translate innovative drugs, biological reagents and devices into Phase 1 clinical trials. Working with innovators from across the University, the Center designs and conducts the preclinical studies necessary for IND/IDE development and supports Phase I clinical trial design and implementation, including manufacture of clinical product.
The Institute for Translational Neuroscience (ITN) was formed in 2007 out of a Presidential initiative to promote, across the University, the transfer of discoveries in the basic neurosciences to the clinics. ITN is not a bricks-and-mortar entity but an umbrella organization that is scientifically organized around five founding centers/institutes. Administratively, a Director and a Steering Committee head ITN, with the Director reporting to the Vice President for Health Sciences. ITN's mission is to enhance basic science discovery with new knowledge leading to subsequent clinical trials and establishment of new therapeutic principles or tools. It will create a corridor of discovery and application that leverages the strengths across the University in basic neuroscience, imaging and other interdisciplinary resources. ITN is a unique institute in that it encompasses a number of existing centers and institutes as well as academic departments.
The Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) addresses the need for closer cooperation between University faculty and state and federal departments of transportation, and strengthens the University's role in transportation research, outreach, and education.
The mission of the Turfgrass Research and Outreach Center is to develop low input and environmentally responsible turfgrass cultural systems for commercial and residential turfgrass managers across the Upper Midwest.
The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) is primarily composed of two studies: the Minnesota Twin Family Study (MTFS) and the Sibling Interaction and Behavior Study (SIBS). Both projects are longitudinal research studies including twins, siblings, and parents. Over 9,800 individuals have contributed to these projects. By studying twins and siblings and their families, we can estimate how genes and environment interact to influence character, strengths, vulnerabilities and values.