The mission of the Biological Sciences Division is to discover and create new knowledge of living systems, to preserve and communicate knowledge through education, and to nurture and sustain a community of scholars. These scholars pursue this mission through research; through education of basic scientists, physicians, and others interested in living things; and through enlightened and compassionate care of patients in a humane, academic environment.
The University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory established the Computation Institute in 2000 to address the most challenging problems arising in the use of strategic computation and communications. Its establishment was motivated by the tremendous opportunities inherent in new approaches to research based on the large-scale application of computation, data, and communications, and the strategic importance to the University and Argonne of developing the capabilities required to exploit those opportunities.
Mathematics and Computer Science Division
The basic mission of the MCS Division is to increase scientific productivity in the 21st century by providing intellectual and technical leadership in the computing sciences — computer science, applied computational mathematics, and computational science.
The basic mission of the Biosciences Division is to conduct multidisciplinary research that further increases understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of life and enables valuable advances in health protection, environmental restoration, energy production, industrial processing, and other applications.
Center for Nanoscale Materials
The Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory is a joint partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the State of Illinois, as part of DOE’s Nanoscale Science Research Center program. The CNM will serve as a user-based center, providing tools and infrastructure for nanoscience and nanotechnology research. The CNM’s mission includes supporting basic research and the development of advanced instrumentation that will help generate new scientific insights and create new materials with novel properties. The existence of the CNM, with its centralized facilities, controlled environments, technical support, and scientific staff, will enable researchers to excel and significantly extend their reach.
Energy Systems Division
The Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory conducts applied research to develop sustainable innovative technologies to improve the efficiency of resource and energy utilization; to minimize our dependence on imported energy; and to enhance our national security.
The mission of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) is to stimulate collaboration among scientists at Northwestern University (Leader: Rick Morimoto), the University of Chicago (Leader, and CI Associate Director: Lucy Godley), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (Leader: Brian K. Kay) that will transform research at the frontiers of biomedicine, it will: stimulate research and education that bridge institutional boundaries; enable collaborative and interdisciplinary research that is beyond the range of a single institution; recruit and retain a strong cadre of biomedical leaders and researchers in Chicago; promote the development of the biomedical industry in Chicago; execute a plan capable of improving the health of citizens of Chicago and beyond.
The Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing Institute of Genomics (BIG) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was officially founded on November 28, 2003 as one of the youngest institutes of life sciences. Some of the major achievements include the participation of the International Human Genome Project and HapMap Project; the completion of the Chinese Superhybrid Rice Genome Project independently; the collaborations of the Silkworm Genome Project and the Chicken Genome Diversity Project. In addition, BIG was the first in China to finish the genome sequencing of SARS virus and to develop the diagnostic reagent kit for the SARS virus.
National Centers for Systems Biology
The primary mission of the NIGMS-supported National Centers for Systems Biology is to promote institutional development of multidisciplinary research, training, and outreach programs that focus on systems-level studies of biomedical phenomena within the NIGMS mission. The centers are expected to establish themselves as recognized leaders of research and education in systems biology.
The Functional Genomics Facility (FGF)
The Functional Genomics Facility (FGF) provides resources for investigating gene functions with a focus on applying DNA/protein microarray technology. As a service facility, the FGF provides expertise and equipment for all phases of array-based services, ranging from sample preparation through to data analysis and management for UC investigators as well as qualified external users. As a research facility, the FGF pursues various research and development projects, including a comprehensive microarray reproducibility study, critical evaluation of signal-dependent thresholds for significant changes, and optimization of protocols for Affymetrix genechip array hybridization. FGF also functions as an education facility. The educational events include offering microarray workshop, data analysis training, lectures and seminars.
Human Tissue Research Center
The mission of the Human Tissue Research Center (HTRC) is to provide cancer investigators with a centralized infrastructure to optimize the efficiency and costs related to research involving human biospecimens. The HTRC occupies 2,500 square feet of newly remodeled space within Pathology and functions as an integrated unit.
Biological Sciences Division Office of Shared Research Facilities
Biological Sciences Division Shared Research Facilities: Also known as Core Facilities, these centralized areas of technology and expertise provide a wide variety of services to support the research efforts of the University faculty. The demonstrated needs of the faculty are the driving force behind new developments in existing facilities and in the development of new facilities.