Centers and institutes facilitate instruction, scholarly and creative activity, and research collaborations across disciplines. See boilerplate descriptions of all UGA Core Facilities for inclusion in proposals.
Select list of Centers and Institutes:
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.
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.
Center for Vaccines and Immunology
The CVI conducts research to expand understanding of the immunology of infectious diseases and how vaccines work in different populations based upon age, gender and ethnicity. It translates the science of vaccine design and development into the assessment of current and novel, experimental vaccines through pre-clinical and clinical trials.
Chemical Biology Group
Chemical Biology Group bridges the traditional fields of chemistry and biology, applying chemical methods to solve difficult biological problems.
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.
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.
New Materials Institute
Developing new materials guided by green engineering principles: the design and use of processes and products in a way that minimizes pollution, promotes sustainability and protects human health—without sacrificing economic viability and efficiency.
Promotes transdisciplinary research that will inform effective and sustainable obesity prevention programs for children and families, with a focus on research to reduce health disparities in obesity among low-income African Americans.
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.
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.
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.
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.