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Centers and Institutes

A Collective Focus on Thematic Discovery

Research centers and institutes provide the opportunity to collaborate with scholars and scientists at UC Merced and beyond to find innovative solutions to the most pressing problems affecting society today.

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Center for Computational Biology

A research and education center that sponsors multidisciplinary scientific projects in which biological understanding is guided by computational modeling. The center also facilitates the development and dissemination of undergraduate and graduate course materials based on the latest research in computational biology.

Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program, the Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines is an interdisciplinary research center focused on functional assemblies of biological and bio-inspired materials. The center also hosts integrated, interdisciplinary training programs for graduate students that emphases both physical and biological components with research and training experiences for undergraduate and high school students.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Center of Excellence for the Study of Health Disparities has the goal to increase the number of UC Merced students who are knowledgeable about health disparities, improve the number of students from under-represented and disadvantaged groups performing research in this area, and expand the capacity of the university in conducting health sciences research that addresses disparities in the region.

The Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) is a catalyst for important and innovative research on complex human health issues that affect both the San Joaquin Valley and the world.

Merced Nanomaterials Center for Enery and Sensing

Merced nAnomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing

MACES’ mission is to promote excellence in research and education in the broadly defined area of functional nanomaterials. By fostering innovative and collaborative research programs, the center aims to enable materials with revolutionary new capabilities in energy conversion and sensing.

The Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) at UC Merced discovers and disseminates new knowledge that contributes to sustaining natural resources and promoting social well-being in the Sierra Nevada/Central Valley region, and related regions worldwide.