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CEES employees and volunteers striking an epic scientist pose

CEES employees and students volunteering with Brownsburg middle school students

Research centers & partners

School of Science research centers enable faculty and their student teams to engage in ongoing interdisciplinary projects, funded in part by federal grants and foundation support. (*Designated IUPUI Signature Center, **Currently receiving funding under the Signature Centers Initiative Grant Program)


Research grants awarded in 2017

IUPUI School of Science

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Center*

The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Center integrates research and practice to help support recovery-oriented, evidence-based mental health services. The ACT Center conducts research, program evaluation, and training, while advocating for affordable, accessible, and effective services.


Michelle P. Salyers, Ph.D.

Mike McKasson, M.A.

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Center for Earth and Environmental Science*

The Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) studies how pollution affects water systems, and how water resources affect human health. The Center's extensive research program examines current and emerging threats to central Indiana's water resources.


Pierre Jacinthe, Ph.D.

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Center for Membrane Biosciences

The Center for Membrane Biosciences examines the complex function of cell membranes in diseases such as diabetes and breast cancer, by exploring the interactions of proteins and membrane structures in the control of cellular signaling processes. Researchers hope their findings will ultimately lead to the development of more effective chemotherapeutic interventions for these diseases.


Robert E. Minto, Ph.D.

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Center for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Using the techniques of nuclear magnetic resonance, the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center conducts basic and applied research on metabolism, and on structure-function relationships of biological macromolecules.


B. D. Nageswara Rao, Ph.D.

Bruce D. Ray, Ph.D.

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Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine

Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine

The Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine studies how to regenerate tissues and organs damaged by injury or disease, particularly the spinal cord, brain and eye tissues, musculoskeletal tissues and cardiovascular tissues.

The Center is the only multidisciplinary program in the world to include amphibians as research models. By researching amphibian and plant regenerative mechanisms, which are greater than those of mammals, the Center aims to develop a regenerative medicine that improves the quality of life for persons suffering from debilitating tissue damage. 


David Stocum, Ph.D.

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Center for Research & Learning

The Center for Research and Learning (CRL) is associated with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. CRL is dedicated to serving students through a series of research-based programs overseen by CRL program leaders. These programs offer students the opportunity to carry out innovative research, scholarship and creative activity with faculty mentors through internally and externally funded programs.

CRL programs expose and engage students in research experiences, providing effective pathways for lifelong active learning, scholarship, and professional development.

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Center for Urban Health **

The central theme of the Center for Urban Health is Environment, Community, and Health. The goal is to enhance health and sustainability for urban populations, with an eye toward both environmental legacies and emerging threats.

A number of critical human health issues are unique to cities. These include environmental legacies like contamination and exposure to harmful pollutants, urban community disparities stemming from both social and physical factors, inadequate access to quality health care due to safety and transportation realities, poor alignment of community resources and social structure to promote healthy lifestyles, and future threats including climate change impacts in cities.

The Center for Urban Health will promote discovery by building research collaborations, providing seed funds for new research areas, funding graduate fellowships, and sponsoring educational activities such as public lectures and a Visiting Scholars Program.

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Center for Visual Information Sensing and Computing

The Visual Information Sensing and Computing Center performs fundamental and applied research in the emerging field of multi-sensory information processing. Current projects include video surveillance and a counter-terrorism security application, both of which utilize sensor networks.


Jiang Yu Zheng, Ph.D.

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Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute

INDI is based on the partnership of its participating faculty, and their associated centers, departments, and schools.  It is administered by a Leadership Team, with representation from its research thrust areas, and it is guided by an Advisory Board, with representation from its partnering units.

Currently, faculty from the Schools of Science, Engineering and Technology, and Medicine, are associated with INDI. The given faculty have expertise in a wide range of fields, including chemistry, physics, biology, material science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, orthopaedics, and pathology and laboratory medicine. 

Visit the Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute site for more information.

Science representative on leadership team: Christoph Naumann, Ph.D.

The centers that INDI is currently partnering with consist of:

Nanoscale Imaging Center

Electron Microscopy Center

Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine

Lugar Center for Renewable Energy

Transportation Active Safety Institute

Center for Sensor and Ubiquitous Networking

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Institute for Mathematical Modeling and Computational Science

The School of Science Institute for Mathematical Modeling and Computational Science (iM2CS) is a cross-departmental school-level unit which promotes interdisciplinary research and educational activities, integrating mathematical and computational approaches to address problems arising in various areas of science, engineering and medicine.

Acting Directors:

Giovanna Guidoboni, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Snehasis Mukhopadhyay, Department of Computer & Information Science

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