Missouri's Research Centers

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Missouri State University

JVIC/Center for Applied Science and Engineering

Mr. Matt Curry, Director

The Center for Applied Science and Engineering (CASE) at Missouri State University is committed to the development and support of advanced materials research industries in Missouri. Target areas of interest include: carbon based electronics & devices, materials research and characterization, various MEMS sensors and systems fabrication.

Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences

Dr. Paul Durham, Director

The Center for BioMedical and Life Sciences (CBLS) at Missouri State University is committed to the development and support of advanced biotechnology industries in Missouri. Target areas of interest include: medical instruments and materials, bio-processing techniques and equipment, agribusiness research and development, and, chem/bio sensors and systems.

Center for Grapevine Biotechnology

Dr. Wenping Qiu, Co-Director
Dr. Laszlo Kovacs, Co-Director

The Center for Grapevine Biotechnology is committed to explore genetic resources and to identify health-promoting compounds in diverse grapevine species for securing the profitability and sustainability of the grape and wine industry and for improving human health.

Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute

Dr. Robert Pavlowsky, Director

The Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute supports efforts to protect and restore water quality and supply in the Ozarks Region of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. Its mission is to provide a hub for science-based monitoring and assessment of water and sediment quality trends, watershed function and disturbance, and land use/land cover change in the Ozarks.

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Center for Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration

Dr. Mohamed Rahaman, Director

Research and develop advanced biomaterials, biosensors, and biointerfaces for the repair and regeneration of traumatized bone and tissues.

Center for Environmental Science and Technology

Dr. Virgil Flanigan, Director

Pursue high quality research in environmental arena; involve students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in real environmental problems through education and research; develop solutions by creating new, or innovative application of existing technologies; assist industry in solving problems and stimulate growth; enhance environmental awareness in society and elected officials at both the state and federal levels.

Center for Infrastructure Engineering Systems

Dr. Genda Chen, Director

Provide an umbrella organization that attracts and fosters appropriate R&D campus entities and faculty and supports their activities in order to enhance their ability to effectively provide solutions to infrastructure problems.

Cloud and Aerosol Sciences Laboratory

Dr. Donald Hagen, Director

Fundamental understanding of the role of aerosols, clouds, and fogs in our atmospheric environment.

Materials Research Center

Dr. Matt O'Keefe, Director

Promote and foster interdisciplinary research related to materials science and engineering as well providing and maintaining common use equipment in Straumanis Hall, especially those in the Advanced Materials Characterization Lab (AMCL), that supports campus, university, and state wide efforts.

Energy Research and Development Center

Dr. Mariesa Crow, Director

Educate students in energy topics to solve problems of society to deliver solutions for energy-related issues by forming collaborative relationships with industry and government, for the benefit of the university, the state of Missouri, and the nation.

Intelligent Systems Center

Dr. Ming Leu, Director

Provide a research environment in which faculty in different disciplines can cooperate and conduct research on sponsored projects with emphasis on system intelligence.

Rock Mechanics and Explosives Center

Dr. Stewart Gillies, Director

Serves to meet both government and industry research needs and provides state-of-the-art facilities for faculty and students involved in excavation engineering and Geotechnical engineering and science

Environmental Research Center for Emerging Contaminants

Dr. Joel Burken, Director

Establish the infrastructure and coordinated faculty base to conduct wide range of externally-funded research initiatives designed to protect public health from emerging contaminants.

University of Missouri

Center for Arts & Humanities

Dr. Bill Bondeson, Director

The CAH mission is to nurture disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public performance in the humanities and all the arts. Through its programs and activities, the Center seeks to contribute to the intellectual, creative and cultural life of the University and the State of Missouri by promoting and celebrating innovation and excellence in the humanities and all the arts. The Center achieves these goals through its support of scholarly, educational and public outreach activities. It collaborates whenever possible with the community at large to bring interesting and meaningful programs to diverse constituencies.

Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center

Dr. Jack Schultz, Director

The Bond Center’s innovative culture brings together 35 faculty investigators from 12 academic units to form unique collaborations rarely seen on college campuses. Engineers are working with cancer biologists, plant scientists with biomedical researchers, lab researchers with field biologists, and information technology experts with biologists across the board. Bond LSC faculty researchers have provided an excellent return on investment for Missouri by attracting external research funding of more than $70 million over a five year period, surpassing the $65 million cost of constructing the facility. Those research dollars carry an estimated economic impact for Missouri of more than $135 million.

Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL)

Deborah Anderson, Interim Director

The MU Regional Biocontainment Laboratory is part of a nationally sponsored program for infectious disease research.  The mission of the MU RBL is to provide state of the art facilities and services to assist in the discovery and development of therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics to combat infectious diseases.  Our collaborations involve academic, commercial and government partners in the Midwest region, to enable investigations of dangerous pathogens under the best engineering for safety and containment.

Research Core Facilities

Dr. Mark A. McIntosh, Director

The Research Core Facilities at the University of Missouri provide cutting-edge and high-throughput technologies to support the basic research mission of the University of Missouri and to serve as a state and regional resource for these technologies. Sophisticated high-end instrumentation and highly trained technical staff serve the state and regional research communities to make these technologies available and affordable. The Research Core Facilities provide services for scientific investigators from academic institutions and commercial enterprises throughout the Midwest.

The following technologies are available through the MU Research Core Facilities:

  • Flow cytometric analysis, fluorescence-activated cell sorting, hybridoma generation and monoclonal antibody production, as well as tissue culture are available through the Cell and Immunobiology Core Facility.
  • Next generation and Sanger dideoxy DNA sequencing and database analysis, as well as gene expression analysis (including both Affymetrix and Illumina microarrays), molecular genotyping and SNP analysis are available through the DNA Core Facility.
  • Scanning and transmission electron microscopy and sample preparation are available through theElectron Microscopy Core Facility.
  • The newly developed Informatics Research Core Facility provides technical expertise and software development/implementation for large-scale database management and analysis.
  • Light and confocal microscopy instruments and services, including immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridization and laser capture microdissection, are provided by the Molecular Cytology Core Facility.
  • MU houses a collection of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers for small molecule and macromolecular structure analysis in its Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core, including the state’s only 800 MHz instrument.
  • The Charles W. Gehrke Proteomics Center at MU provides advanced technologies for small molecule and protein separation and high-throughput mass spectrometry.
  • The Structural Biology Core facility provides expertise in protein purification and crystallization and houses instrumentation for X-ray diffraction analysis, as well as peptide synthesis. The MU SBC is also a charter member of the Molecular Biology Consortium, with access to its Advanced Light Source synchrotron X-ray beamline at Berkeley for high-resolution structural determinations.
  • Transgenic and knock-out mouse and rat lines are generated through the technical expertise provided by the Transgenic Animal Core. The TAC works closely with MU investigators and the NIH-funded Mutant Mouse Resource Center and Rat Resource Center.

The Research Core Facilities are supported through the MU Office of Research and revenues generated by user fees. For more information, please visit individual web pages for contact information about any of the Research Core Facilities. 

Interdisciplinary Center on Aging

Dr. Steven Zweig, Director

The MU Interdisciplinary Center on Aging brings together the existing critical mass of University of Missouri health providers, researchers and educators who are focused on the needs of the rapidly growing older adult population.

Nearly 40 percent of the center fellows are principal investigators on current projects totaling more than $50 million.  Represented are 18 NIH-funded researchers, nine scholars who have funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation, and two former and one current Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Faculty Physician Scholar.  Junior and senior faculty currently collaborate on 48 interdisciplinary research teams representing 39 disciplines.

Bioinformatics Consortium (UMBC)

Dr. Gary Allen, Executive Director

Nationally recognized programs and investigators exist throughout the University of Missouri (UM) System in the areas of medicine, molecular biology, genetics, structural biology, and molecular evolution.  In recognition of existing strengths and opportunities for development of programs of excellence, the university system has identified bioinformatics and health informatics as a specific target for long-term enhancement.

The UMBC is a System-wide resource for high-performance computational infrastructure, which emphasizes and facilitates inter-campus communication and bioinformatics research collaborations.  pecific goals are to:

  • Provide resources for the UM System in the form of accessible and sharable computational capabilities and databases for collaborating investigators on any campus.
  • Foster the development of advanced information technology applications in the Life Sciences in collaboration with peer Internet2 institutions.
  • Facilitate the training of a new generation of students and scientists in the interdisciplinary area of bioinformatics and computational biology; the bridging of Life Sciences, clinical sciences and computer applications.
  • Provide necessary resources for bioinformatics and Life Sciences research that will result in improved education and healthcare for Missourians and will enhance food and animal genome research.
  • Enhance the connections of UM to rapidly developing trends in bioinformatics in the private sector.

Research Reactor (MURR)

Dr. Ralph Butler, Director

As the largest university-operated nuclear research reactor in the United States, MURR provides research and development, education, products and services that directly benefit citizens worldwide. MURR engineers customize solutions for leading researchers and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, conduct a wide range of sensitive analyses, and enable discoveries in nuclear science.

MURR offers unparalleled scientific expertise, an extensive research and development track record, superior infrastructure and production capabilities, and access to resources that can only be found at a nationally competitive global university.  MURR is a pre-eminent global supplier of radioisotopes for research, clinical trials and medical applications, and they produce more radioisotopes for medicine than any other reactor in the U.S. 

Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center

Dr. Gerald A. Meininger, Director

Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center is making great strides toward understanding the causes of many diseases, including hypertension, cancer, cystic fibrosis and heart disease. With this understanding comes the development of new and improved therapies.

Dalton houses molecular biologists, cell biologists, biochemists, biological engineers, electrophysiologists and integrative physiologists. Collaboration between scientists within the center and across campus is one of the greatest strengths of Dalton's efforts.  The Dalton has developed one of the most impressive abilities worldwide to image in vivo micro-circulation.

Areas of study such as microcirculation, neural control of circulation, membrane transport and exercise biology focus scientists' expertise on common problems. It is rare to find such a concentration of diverse disciplines within the same building, and at Dalton this critical mass of collaborating scientists leads to rapid advances and discoveries of biological mechanisms related to human health and disease.

Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders - University of Missouri

Dr. Him Peohling, Executive Director

The Thompson Center has become a national leader in confronting the challenges of autism and other developmental conditions through its collaborative research, training and service programs.  The center strives to make new discoveries about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and to identify new models of care. Researchers from across the MU campus are engaged in over 30 research projects that seek to answer urgent questions about ASD and to address the pressing needs of individuals with ASD and their families.

As the largest center in Missouri specializing in ASD and other developmental disorders, the Thompson Center serves as a centralized resource for families, educators, health care providers, researchers and state agency service providers. In 2007, it was designated a Missouri Center for Autism by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, along with sister programs in St. Louis and Kansas City. MU Thompson Center faculty facilitate the development of innovations in ASD programming and training curricula at these three centers, which together seek to establish a model for high quality ASD research and service delivery in Missouri.

International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine (I²NM²)

Dr. M. Frederick Hawthorne, Director

I²NM² is a new campus wide research center dedicated to the discovery and application of fundamental and translational medical science based upon previously unexplored chemistry combined with nanotechnology and the biosciences.  The institute’s principle investigators are working hard to make it the international leader in the reinvigorated field of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), a cell-selective binary radiation method for cancer, arthritis and evolving non-invasive surgical protocols.   The BNCT program will utilize a dedicated neutron source at the University of Missouri Research Reactor, and will use of the life sciences laboratory of the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center. 

Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute (NSEI)

Dr. Mark Prelas, Director

The NSEI provides Missouri and the U.S. a highly qualified workforce which includes nuclear engineers, health physicists and medical physicists who may work at utilities, nuclear vendors, pharmaceutical industries, universities, government and the military. NSEI provides research in critical fields such as nuclear energy, chemical, biological and nuclear sensors, nano particle production, applications and safety, direct energy conversion, environmental remediation and nuclear fuel cycle.  Economic development opportunities are created through the institute’s technology transfer of the intellectual property developed in the high quality research program.

University of Missouri-Kansas City

School of Medicine Shock/Trauma Center

Charles Van Way, M.D., Director

The Shock/Trauma Research Center synergistically brings together on a large number of existing faculty strengths at the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Medicine and the associated staffs at Truman Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital, and Children's Mercy Hospital. The various UMKC faculty participants have a broad range of expertise in many areas of research related to shock and trauma from very basic studies in molecular and cellular biology through important clinical trials that provide opportunities for clinical faculty to be at the forefront of new medical treatments for disease. This collective expertise provides an outstanding environment for translational research in which basic findings in the laboratory can be quickly brought to the bedside for treatment of the afflicted patient.

Center of Excellence in Mineralized Tissues (CEMT)

Lynda Bonewald, Ph.D., Director

The major objective is to expand the ability to make new discoveries in the basic sciences, translate these findings into treatments, diagnoses, and therapies for mineralized tissue disease into the clinics, the community, and into the commercial sector. There are four major objectives for this center;

  • Develop a world-class basic science research program in mineralized tissues.
  • Create an outcomes science platform and clinical trial networks.
  • Provide education from graduate students and clinicians.
  • Establish an infrastructure to develop biotechnology and technology transfer.
  • The Partnerships have been forged between the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Computer and Engineering, and the School of Dentistry.

This Center brings together and facilitates collaboration among faculty from several of UMKC’s life and health sciences schools and their Kansas City clinical partners.

Vision Research Center

The Vision Research Foundation mission is to support the work of the University of Missour i- Kansas City Vision Research Center at Truman Medical Center (VRC), in becoming a national center for eye research where Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy and ocular diseases will be researched by the best minds in the country.

"What price can you place on sight? It’s free while you have it and incalculable when it’s gone. This is the motivation behind the campaign to establish a nationally-prominent vision research center in Kansas City.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Vision Research Center at Truman Medical Center (VRC) will not only be a state-of-the art facility combining clinical and basic research, it will attract the best and the brightest minds to work together in the diagnosis and treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma and other ocular diseases.

Kansas City is already well known for its leadership and innovation in eye research. The Vision Research Center will build on this reputation as it takes part in the region’s burgeoning bioscience initiative and opens eyes to all that Kansas City has to offer.

VRC is truly a “Vision for the Future” right here…right now."

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a global mission to improve the human condition through plant science.

  • Feed the hungry and improve human health
  • Preserve and renew our environment
  • Enhance our region as a world center for plant science

Research at the Danforth Center strives to enhance the nutritional content of plants, increase agricultural production to create a sustainable food supply, reduce the use of pesticides, water and fertilizer, develop new and sustainable biofuels, as well as provide the scientific ideas and technologies that will contribute to the economic growth of the St. Louis region.

Midwest Research Institute

MRI, a not-for-profit scientific research organization with 2,400 employees nationwide, performs contract research and laboratory consulting services for clients in government, industry, and academia. Established in 1944, MRI is one of the nation’s leading independent research institutes conducting research in the areas of national security and defense, energy and environment, life sciences, food and agriculture, and transportation safety. With headquarters in Kansas City, MRI also has facilities in Palm Bay, Fla., Frederick, Md., and Rockville, Md. MRI is one of the two entities in the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC that manages and operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., for the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research aspires to be one of the most innovative biomedical research organizations in the world. The Institute conducts basic research on genes and proteins that control fundamental processes in living cells to unlock the mysteries of disease and find the keys to their causes, treatment, and prevention.

Washington University in St. Louis