Research Centers and Initiatives

Center for Biomedical and Materials Physics

The Center for Biomedical and Materials Physics was established in 1989, originally as the Alloy Research Center, and provides a focus for collaborations to facilitate studies in biological physics and material physics. Biological physics deals with the study of biological phenomena using physical techniques. Materials physics applies fundamental Condensed Matter physics concepts to complex and multiphase media, including materials of technological and biological interest.

Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences

The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences was established in 1985 and brings together scientists from different backgrounds including laboratory biologists, psychologists, applied mathematicians and theoretical physicists. The center features state-of-the-art research facilities with access to extensive imaging facilities (EEG & fMRI). Various research and training programs at the center blend emerging concepts from complex dynamical systems with experimental techniques at the molecular, cellular, behavioral and cognitive levels in brain science.

Center for Cryptology and Information Security

The Center for Cryptology and Information Security was established in 2003 and is focused on innovative and cutting-edge research in cryptology and other related areas of information security. The center trains research students and information technology professionals, and promotes collaboration with information technology industries within the region and with federal and state government departments in the areas of information security.

Center for Environmental Studies

The Center for Environmental Studies was established in 1994 and represents the ten state universities, including FAU, and four major, private universities. The center serves as a facilitator and coordinator of research and training related to the environment and as a locus for environmental information. Grounding its activities in the Florida sub-tropical environment, the center's mandate also encompasses global tropical and sub-tropical environments as well as issues related to freshwater and estuarine ecosystems worldwide.

Center for Geo-Information Science

The Center for Geo-Information Science was established in 1998 and pursues excellence through applied and theoretical research in spatial information technology. In that spatial information technology enables work across disciplinary lines, the center focuses on encouraging multi-disciplinary research. The center functions as a key resource for business, industry, government, social services, with responsiveness to local, regional, and international problems.

Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

The Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology was established in 1997 and is committed to developing research and training programs in molecular biology and biotechnology, and serves as a link between FAU, other institutions and industries in this field. The center's primary goals have been to create a strong base in molecular biology, functional genomics and related fields; maintain cutting-edge research; and to train students in this discipline to prepare them for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions

Established in 1972, the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) is dedicated to helping communities and decision-makers plan for urban and environmental issues through partnerships, education, and research throughout Florida and beyond. The Center works with policy-makers and the public in the pursuit of options for managing growth while preserving natural systems, promoting a strong economy, and planning livable communities. A broad constituency - local governments, state agencies, civic and business groups, academics, students, and professionals - supports, motivates, and benefits from the Center’s activities. CUES is housed in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning.

Ecology, Environment, & Resilience Initiative

Florida Atlantic University's (FAU) new Ecology, Environment, & Resilience Initiative, housed in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, unifies the transdisciplinary efforts of a vibrant and growing community of FAU scholar-educators in Environmental Science (ES). This coordinated group of environmental faculty and students spans multiple FAU departments, centers, institutes, and colleges, who align for stronger education and research efforts and opportunities related to environmental science, coastal resilience, and climate change.

FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

Founded in 1971, Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is a research community of approximately 150 marine scientists, engineers, educators and other professionals focused on Ocean Science for a Better World. The institute drives innovation in ocean engineering and exploration, coral research and conservation, marine drug discovery, estuarine and coastal ecology and observation, marine mammal research and conservation, ocean dynamics and modeling, aquaculture and marine science education. To support these efforts and fulfill its potential as a public institution, Harbor Branch seeks to develop collaborations with life science and technology organizations and other entities, placing particular emphasis on intersections of environmental, societal and economic benefits. The site comprises 32 buildings set on 144 acres along the Indian River Lagoon estuary.

Microbiome Innovation Center

The Florida Atlantic University Microbiome Innovation Center (MIC) stands at the forefront of academic innovation and is committed to reshaping the educational and research landscape in South Florida. Our groundbreaking center is poised to redefine the landscape of microbiome research while also addressing vital issues in agroecology, food security, human sciences, and natural resources (FANH).


Additional Information
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science offers unparalleled experiential learning opportunities to prepare the next generation of scientists and problem solvers.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Florida Atlantic University
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Boca Raton, FL 33431
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