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 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.

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.

Florida Center for Environmental Studies

The Florida 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.

Jupiter Life Science Initiative

The Jupiter Life Science Initiative is aimed at building educational and research capabilities in the life sciences on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, and is a collaborative effort between the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College.