Institutes and Centers
The Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) was established in 2000 to pioneer solutions for hunger, disease and environmental sustainability – some of the greatest challenges confronting the 21st century. It pursues these aims by embracing advances in genomics technologies and the current trend for increasingly multi-disciplinary research in projects exploring the development of more nutritious foods, disease- and flood-resistant crops, alternative fuel sources and new medical and pharmaceutical treatments, to name a few. To address these complex issues, the Institute engages in systems-based research, which melds new computational and technological advances with molecular and cellular biology to increase our understanding of how whole organisms function.
The High-Performance Computing Center (HPCC) provides state-of-the-art research computing infrastructure and training accessible to all UCR researchers and affiliates at low cost. This includes access to a substantial number of shared HPC resources, software and user support. The main advantage of a shared research computing environment is access to a much larger HPC infrastructure (with thousands of CPUs/GPUs and many PBs of directly attached storage) than what smaller clusters of individual research groups could afford, while also providing a long-term sustainability plan and professional systems administrative support.
The Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) was established in 2002 by Emerita Professor Natasha Raikhel with funds from former UC Riverside Chancellor Ray Orbach. Dr. Raikhel aspired to develop a “modern biotechnology hub” within IIGB with core facilities for bioinformatics, proteomics, chemical genomics, and advanced microscopy. The resulting multidisciplinary Center fosters “system-based” research that melds computational approaches and technological innovations with molecular and cellular biology. The Center synergizes UCR’s existing strengths in botany and plant sciences and provides an infrastructure that promotes interdisciplinary research and interaction among researchers to conduct research using multidisciplinary approaches applied to both model plant systems and important crop plants. Although the Center is nucleated around plant biology, its infrastructure expends into related areas of biological science and other disciplines, including applied mathematics, statistics, engineering, physics and chemistry.
The Center for Disease Vector Research aims to become a world leader in adopting a comprehensive approach to the problem of vector-transmitted pathogens at both basic and applied research levels.