The Biotechnology Center through its core laboratories in genomics and proteomics provides a state of the art research infrastructure to investigators both on and off campus. Its research facilities consist of the Transgenic Mouse Facility, Proteomics Center and the W. M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics. The Proteomics Center is composed of four units involved in protein and cell characterization: Flow Cytometry Facility, Immunological Resource Center, Carver Metabolomics Center, and Protein Sciences Facility. The W.M. Keck Center is subdivided into three units by their research focus: High-Throughput Sequencing and Genotyping, Functional Genomics, and Bioinformatics (now integrated into HPCBio). We provide genomic and proteomic research services to over 221 principal investigators on campus representing 6 colleges and 38 departments as well as numerous off-campus projects. In addition, our Career Services assists graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in career placement.
The Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) is dedicated to transformative research in Agriculture, Human Health, the Environment, and Energy Use and Production. The mission of the IGB, to advance life sciences research and stimulate bioeconomic development in the state of Illinois, is fulfilled in a number of ways, including pioneering research in bioenergy, critical climate change studies, and promising work in regenerative medicine, drug development, and understanding cancer at the cellular level. Research at the IGB falls under one of three broad Programmatic Areas: Systems Biology, Cellular and Metabolic Engineering, and Genome Technology. Faculty members from 30 departments across the University of Illinois are conducting research into the pressing problems that confront our society.
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) provides powerful computers and expert support that help thousands of scientists and engineers across the country improve our world. With the computing power available at NCSA, researchers simulate how galaxies collide and merge, how proteins fold and how molecules move through the wall of a cell, how tornadoes and hurricanes form, and other complex natural and engineered phenomena. NCSA has been a leader in deploying robust high-performance computing resources and in working with research communities to develop new computing and software technologies. Building on this history of leadership, NCSA and its partners are at work on the Blue Waters project, which will provide the national research community with a sustained-petaflop supercomputer. NCSA also leads the National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, a five-year, $121 million project to deliver advanced computing, data, networking, and collaboration tools and support to the nation's researchers.
The Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) has policymaking and oversight responsibility for the research mission of the Urbana-Champaign campus. A number of interdisciplinary research and research support units report to the OVCR, including the Biotechnology Center, the Institute for Genomic Biology, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The OVCR is responsible for ensuring research compliance with governmental and University requirements concerning academic integrity in research and publication, the use of animals in research, conflicts of commitment and interest, the use of human subjects in research, and scientific diving expeditions.