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Center for Cell and Genome Science

The Center for Cell and Genome Science fosters collaboration amongst scientists in different disciplines in order to promote the understanding of genetic regulation of cell differentiation and function. New techniques in ultra-high resolution imaging and labeling molecules are now permitting scientists to see and manipulate the molecular machinery of the cell like never before. The Center for Cell and Genome Science is at the forefront of this revolution.

Markus Babst, Director




















Center for Quantitative Biology

The explosion of the biological sciences has resulted in its fragmentation into numerous narrow specialties. Yet the field remains unified by a common set of integrative questions about how complex biological systems function and evolve in the face of uncertainty and noise. While many have correctly emphasized the unifying role of genomics in addressing these questions at all biological scales, the Center for Quantitative Biology focuses instead on the unifying role of mathematical and computational approaches in connecting these questions.

This Center facilitates collaborative research projects between quantitative and experimental life scientists, creates an environment for transformative research through visitor programs, workshops, and graduate student support, and gives the University of Utah well-deserved visibility in this area. The CQB currently hosts the following programs:

  • An annual workshop around a specific life science theme, attracting basic and quantitative biologists from the campus,
  • A visitor program, hosting senior visitors from throughout the range of the life sciences for long-term visits,
  • A Mathematical Modeling Consulting Center, where students in Mathematical Biology will work with graduate students from around campus to address scientific problems.

Fred Adler, Director

Global Change and Sustainability Center

The Global Change and Sustainability Center is a multi-college center that coordinates, promotes, and accelerates interdisciplinary research and training on natural and human-built systems, the dynamic interactions and interconnections that exist in those systems, and the role of humans in the environment.

Brenda Bowen, Director













Wilkes Center for Climate Science & Policy

The Wilkes Center for Climate Science & Policy at the University of Utah strives to provide transformative, integrative, and cutting-edge science, education, entrepreneurship, and practical solutions to tackle climate change in Utah, the United States, and the globe.

Researchers affiliated with the Wilkes Center are working on the defining issues of our age.

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Center for High Performance Computing

Research Computing and Data Support for the University. In addition to deploying and operating high performance computational resources and providing advanced user support and training, CHPC serves as an expert team to broadly support the increasingly diverse research computing and data needs on campus. These needs include support for big data, big data movement, data analytics, security, virtual machines, Windows science application servers, protected environments for data mining and analysis of protected health information, and advanced networking.








Field Stations & Research Areas

Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa

Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa is an outdoor laboratory for the sciences, humanities, social sciences and cultural studies, stimulating scholarship about a broad range of environmental topics associated with human and natural system interactions.

Rio Mesa Information













Red Butte Canyon Natural Research Area

Red Butte Canyon is immediately adjacent to the University of Utah campus, and hosts a diversity of research projects conducted by scientists from the U, from other universities, and federal and state agencies.

Red Butte Information

Red Butte Creek Information