Research Units

Research Centers and Institutes

Centers and Institutes

Center for High Energy Physics (CHEP)

The Center for High Energy Physics enhances the high energy physics research activities at the University of Oregon by sponsoring seminars on topics in high energy physics, hosting visiting scientists, supporting graduate student research, facilitating interaction between experimental activities and theoretical investigations of Oregon scientists, and fostering communication of research to a broader community.

Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS)

This multidisciplinary research center generates, supports and disseminates research on gender and on all aspects of women's lives. A member of the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW), CSWS is one of 95 women's research and policy centers in the United States and among 300 centers in more than 80 countries.

Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT)

CBIRT conducts research and training to improve the lives of children and adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). CBIRT’s research focuses on developing interventions to improve outcomes related to education, employability, and quality of life. Our training activities promote the use of best practices among educators and other professionals who serve individuals with TBI.

Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL)

The Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL) is a community of scholars whose mission is to conduct, translate, and disseminate research that focuses on the solutions and resolutions to serious but practical problems in school systems. CTL seeks to advance the understanding and use of the most rigorous scientific evidence and research-based practices to prevent and intercept the academic difficulties that many school-aged children experience. The primary focus of this research group is the role of curriculum, instruction, and assessment as individual elements that interact in school systems.

Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists (COACh)

COACh is a grass-roots organization working to increase the number and career success of women scientists and engineers. In addition to providing avenues for networking and mentoring of scientists and engineers at all levels, COACh works closely in an advisory capacity with many institutions, government organizations and departments to create a professional workplace that provides an equal opportunity for discovery and innovation.

Environmental Science Institute (ESI)

The Environmental Science Institute (ESI) was founded in the recognition that solving complex environmental problems requires the knowledge and expertise from multiple traditional disciplines. ESI’s mission is to promote interdisciplinary research and graduate education in the environmental sciences. Members come primarily from the departments of anthropology, biology, geological sciences, and geography.  Research of the faculty and graduate students spans the gamut from the geophysical to the organismal, from microbial to global spatial scales, and from contemporary to geological temporal scales.

Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE)

The Institute for a Sustainable Environment is the center for innovative, interdisciplinary research at the nexus of ecological, economic, and social sustainability. The Institute helps resolve complex problems and enable people to sustain economies and environmental systems by engaging in research around natural resource management, land use, climate change, rural development, transportation, renewable energy, natural hazards, and environmental education.

Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences (ICDS)

The Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences is dedicated to exploring the workings of the mind and brain and how they affect human behavior and social interaction. Our goals are to advance the empirical study and theoretical understanding of cognition, culture, and communication from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IE²)

The Institute of Ecology and Evolution, established in 2002 (formerly the Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology CEEB), promotes and facilitates research and graduate education in ecology and evolutionary biology.  The center encourages scientific interactions among its members and between members and the wider academic community.

Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

The University of Oregon offers a wide variety of research and training opportunities in contemporary molecular, structural, cellular, and developmental biology. IMB fosters research and training in contemporary biology at the molecular level by bringing scientists from biology, chemistry, and physics into a common intellectual and physical space.

Institute of Neuroscience (ION)

The Institute of Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary research group of scientists, with faculty and students drawn from the departments of Biology, Psychology, and Human Physiology. Our laboratories offer graduate and postdoctoral training in the neurosciences with projects that address the development of the nervous system to human cognitive processes.

Institute of Theoretical Science (ITS)

The Institute of Theoretical Science is a center for research in several interrelated disciplines that encompass mathematics, theoretical chemistry, and theoretical physics. Research interests of the institute's members include particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, gravitational physics, condensed matter physics and statistical mechanics, group representation theory, geometric analysis, atomic physics, nonlinear dynamics, optical physics, biophysics, and the foundations of quantum mechanics.

Materials Science Institute (MSI)

The purpose of the Materials Science Institute is to study the structure and properties of materials, to educate in the sciences of materials, and to serve Oregon as a resource in these sciences. Since 1985 MSI has more than tripled the size of its research program, developed four new graduate programs in materials, and contributed to the State's prosperity through collaboration with more than 25 Oregon companies.

Neuroinformatics Center (NIC)

The Neuroinformatics Center's goal is to research the application of computer science and numerical computation to problems with brain modeling and imaging. High performance computing plays a significant role in the research at the NIC.

Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI)

The Northwest Indian Language Institute provides Native language teachers, community members and UO students with training in language teaching and linguistics. With tribal partners, NILI supports and strengthens language preservation and restoration efforts by establishing collaborative, on-going projects which meet the specific needs and desires of each language community.

Oregon Center for Optics (OCO)

The Oregon Center for Optics encompasses research in basic and applied aspects of optics in physics and physical chemistry. Members of the OCO are faculty in physics and chemistry; Associate members are from these departments, as well as institutions outside of the university; Students—undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D.—are involved in all aspects of the research at OCO.

Oregon Humanities Center (OHC)

The Oregon Humanities Center is the sole interdisciplinary umbrella organization for the humanities at the University of Oregon. It seeks to promote and strengthen the humanities both on campus and in the broader community by supporting faculty research and teaching, by fostering collaboration among the disciplines, and by sponsoring a wide variety of public programs.

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB)

Founded in 1930, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology is the third oldest marine laboratory on the Pacific Coast. The 130-acre campus located about two hours from Eugene maintains housing and research facilities for visiting investigators and students from other institutions. Resident faculty are members of the Biology department and conduct research on the development, ecology, evolution and physiology of marine organisms worldwide from the intertidal zone to the deep sea. 

Prevention Science Institute
The Prevention Science Institute (PSI) engages in research on social and emotional processes among children, adolescents, and families in support of their mission to improve the lives and wellbeing of at-risk children, individuals, and families throughout their lifespan. PRI is a multi-disciplinary institute focused on understanding human development, preventing behavioral health problems, and implementing effective interventions in community settings. The institute also provides vital professional and research training for graduate and undergraduate students.

Research Core Facilities

Research Core Facilities

Animal Care Services (ACS)

Animal Care Services (ACS) is responsible for administering all activities related to the care and use of animals. Animal Care Services functions include procurement of all live vertebrates for research and teaching, supervision of animal technicians, control of animal holding facilities and provision of veterinary care. Animal Care Services also has the responsibility for developing and implementing a plan for obtaining AAALAC accreditation for the University of Oregon's animal care and use program.

Aquatic Animal Care Services (AQACS)

Aquatic Animal Care Services (AQACS) provides support for research involving fish and other aquatic vertebrates. Its primary duty is to support the zebrafish research facility, which has recently been expanded with the support of an NIH ARRA facilities grant. This facility supports the work of dozens of researchers who use zebrafish as a model system for genetics, development, host-microbe interactions, and neurobiology. Zebrafish research was founded at the University of Oregon in the early 1980's by George Streisinger and has since spread to include thousands of researchers drawn from institutions from around the world.

Bowerman Sports Science Clinic

The Bowerman Sports Science Clinic (BSSC) is a regional outreach facility which aims to improve the health, fitness, and well-being of athletes in and around Eugene, OR. We offer a variety of services to provide physical assessments of current fitness levels, potential injury mechanisms, as well as provide sport-specific training advice to help you achieve your individual performance goals.

Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR)

The Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon is a user facility housing a comprehensive array of materials characterization instrumentation and expertise aimed to serve the needs of researchers on the University of Oregon campus, regional industries, and academic institutions. The CAMCOR facilities provide enabling infrastructure for research in chemistry, nanoscience, engineering, physics, materials science, geology bioscience and optics.

Center for Assessment, Statistics and Evaluation

The Center for Assessment, Statistics, and Evaluation (CASE) serves as a resource for faculty members and graduate students throughout the University of Oregon and the larger community to provide technical support for statistical analysis and research design using a variety of models and software, assist researchers and practitioners in assessment and measurement issues generally around instrument development and specifically on e-assessments, and to serve as a contract unit to provide program evaluations and technical support for state and local educational agencies throughout Oregon as well as departments within the university.

Genomics and Cell Characterization Core Facility (GC³F)

The Genomics and Cell Characterization Core Facility (GC³F) supports scientific research at the University of Oregon by offering genetic and genomic technologies. The facility provides in-house services and specialized equipment, including Sanger DNA sequencing, microarray-based genotyping, microarray printing, robotics for high throughput manipulation of DNA samples, and next generation Illumina-based high throughput DNA sequencing and associated bioinformatics. In the near future, the GC³F will offer cell sorting services.

Lewis Center for Neuroimaging (LCNI)

The mission of the Lewis Center for Neuroimaging is to support interdisciplinary, multifaceted research in cognitive neuroscience and biological imaging. LCNI has a Siemens Skyra 3T MRI unit and full capabilities for the design and fabrication of MR coils to support a broad range of research needs and applications.

Transgenic Mouse Facility (TMF)

The TMF goal is to be able to provide all the services necessary to produce and maintain genetically modified mice. These services range from designing projects to maintaining colonies. The facility also houses histology services.


The Office for Research and Innovation has been working with faculty and administrative colleagues to establish an appropriate set of guidelines for the establishment and administration of university research centers and institutes that report to the Office for Research and Innovation. The guidance is formalized and made available in the following document:

Guidance for Centers and Institutes reporting to the Office of Research and Innovation

Research Centers and Institutes support the active research and graduate training taking place at the UO and strengthen the UO’s research mission.

Centers and Institutes:

  • Have long been an important contributor to the academic strength and intellectual vitality of the UO.
  • Contribute to a longstanding tradition of interdisciplinary research.
  • Have a history of collaborative and innovative work.
  • Provide opportunities for research and graduate training in a wide variety of disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and a variety of technical fields.

With the process concluded, the guidance will be in force fully in FY15.


The Office for Research and Innovation has been working to formalize and systematize the organization and operation of extant research core facilities, and provide a mechanism for the development of new core facilities. The guidance is formalized and made available in the following document:

Guidance Research Core Facilities

Research core facilities help Office for Research and Innovation to fulfill its mission of advancing transformative excellence in research and innovation. Research core facilities:

  • Support faculty research success by enabling particular types of research capacities, such as equipment, material, data acquisition, data analysis, consultation or expertise, and/or other service.
  • Provide access to cutting edge equipment and expertise for small and large business entities.
  • Create opportunities for businesses to build synergies and partnerships with UO faculty.
  • Provide graduate students with access to tools, capacities, specific training, and projects.

With the process concluded, the guidance will be implemented fully in FY15.