Centers & Institutes

Centers and institutes facilitate instruction, scholarly and creative activity, and research collaborations across disciplines.

Select list of Centers and Institutes:

Bioenergy Systems Research Institute

Facilitates collaborative basic and applied research projects across the bioenergy lifecycle; educates and trains the next generation alternative energy workforce; and engages public and private stakeholders in the development and dissemination of next-generation bioenergy technologies.

Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute

Promotes interdisciplinary research and instructional efforts in the fields of biomedical and health sciences.

Center for Applied Isotope Studies

A multidisciplinary organization dedicated to research and development of nuclear analytical technology, including a premier analytical laboratory and technical training for radioisotope and stable isotope analytical techniques.

Center for Drug Discovery

Focuses on discovery and development of new chemical and biological entities for combating a variety of existing and emerging life-threatening diseases for which the etiological agents are infectious viruses and infectious microbial agents. Other therapeutic areas involve cancer, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, muscular dystrophy, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Center for Food Safety

Conducts research that provides information useful in solving food safety problems in the food industry while also providing the consumer with high-quality foods having minimal risk to human health.

Center for Geospatial Research

Conducts scientific investigations incorporating geospatial technologies, including remote sensing, satellite-based positioning and geographic information systems.

Center for Integrative Conservation Research

Conducts research that emphasizes the social and ecological trade-offs associated with managing complex systems and responding to contemporary environmental challenges.

Center for Molecular Medicine

Works to better understand the molecular and cellular basis of human disease, and then uses this information for the development of new therapies, cures and diagnostics.

Clinical and Translational Research Unit

The CTRU, located on the UGA Health Sciences Campus, supports investigators to conduct clinical and translational studies that advance the understanding, prevention and treatment of human disease. For students and health sciences trainees, the unit provides opportunities to learn how laboratory discoveries are translated into improved patient outcomes.

Center for Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases

Brings together researchers in parasitology, immunology, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics to pursue research on tropical and emerging global diseases that threaten the health of people throughout the world, and trains students in the field.

Chemical Biology Group

Chemical Biology Group bridges the traditional fields of chemistry and biology, applying chemical methods to solve difficult biological problems.

Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

One of only three centers worldwide dedicated to the study of complex carbohydrates, which play critical roles in cellular communication, gene expression, immunology, organism defense mechanisms, growth and development. The CCRC is home to 17 interdisciplinary research groups, including four federally designated centers for carbohydrate research.

Developmental Biology Alliance

Furthers the study of development in all organisms and at all levels of life, represents and promotes communication among students of development, and promotes the field of developmental biology.

Faculty of Infectious Diseases

Addresses infectious disease threats to species and economies world-wide by integrating multidisciplinary research in animal, human, and ecosystem health, and by developing successful countermeasures, including vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

Faculty of Robotics

Advances the fundamental science and engineering involved in robotics, facilitates diverse robotic applications with profound societal impact, and enhances UGA’s prominence in the discipline of robotics by serving as a singular hub for research in robotics that brings together interested faculty and students from a variety of disciplines.

Georgia Initiative for Climate & Society

Fosters a scientific community dedicated to improving our understanding of the complex processes and effects of climate variability and change on natural, managed, human-built, and societal systems, and develops effective and appropriate adaptation and mitigation strategies, solutions, information and tools.

Institute of Bioinformatics

Facilitates interactions and research collaborations between experimental biologists, technologists and computational/mathematical scientists to tackle complex biological problems, and trains the next generation of biologists in using computers and mathematical techniques to address biological problems.

Obesity Initiative

Harnesses UGA’s diverse and extensive obesity-related instruction, research activities, and public service and outreach components to address the multi-faceted problem of obesity in Georgia.

William A. and Barbara R. Owens Institute for Behavioral Research

Stimulates, supports, and sustains innovation and infrastructure in the social and behavioral sciences by catalyzing innovative interdisciplinary research, fostering faculty careers, and encouraging and mentoring junior faculty.

The Plant Center

Enhances the tradition of outstanding research in plant molecular biology and genetics with a focus on the growth, development and behavior of plants and their associated organisms, the organization, evolution and function of plant genomes, and the improvement of plants for agricultural or industrial uses.

Poultry Diagnostic & Research Center

Conducts research focused on solving problems of importance to the poultry industry, especially diagnosis and control of economically important diseases of poultry. Provides diagnostic, necropsy, consultation, and field services to companies in Georgia, across the U.S., and globally.

Regenerative Bioscience Center

Focuses on using human stem cells for restoring damaged tissues throughout the body and speeding the discovery of new compounds, therapies and drug discovery tools to treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Riverbasin Center

Conducts research connecting freshwater science to management and policy with emphasis on conservation ecology of aquatic ecosystems; applied research on aquatic system stressors, and development of appropriate management tools.

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

Pursues basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization, from atoms to ecosystems. Located at the Savannah River site near Aiken, SC.

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

Located on the bank of the Skidaway River on the Georgia coast, conducts research on marine and coastal systems and trains tomorrow’s scientists. Research areas include physical oceanography; chemical oceanography; geological oceanography; and biological oceanography.

Willson Center for Humanities and Arts

Promotes scholarly inquiry and creative activity in the humanities and the arts by supporting faculty research grants, lectures, symposia, publications, visiting scholars, visiting artists, and public conferences, exhibitions, and performances.

University of Georgia Marine Institute

Located on Sapelo Island, supports ongoing research by resident and visiting researchers that contributes to understanding of patterns and processes that shape estuarine and marsh environments. Provides access and facilities for college classes to experience field research and gain an appreciation of the Georgia coast.