Department of Integrative Biology faculty, research scientists, postdocs and graduate students are affiliated with a number of cross-departmental and cross-college research centers and institutes. They are:
Home to one of the largest biodiversity collections at a University anywhere and to world-class field stations, the Biodiversity Center provides scientists with opportunities to interact with and learn from millions of preserved specimens, living organisms and ecosystems. (Learn more here »)Learn more here »)
Understanding the natural diversity of behavior, in the lab & in the wild is the focus of the Center for Brain, Behavior and Evolution (BB&E), which is also dedicated to the synthesis of evolutionary, psychological, physiological and genomic approaches to the study of behavior. The Center fosters collaborative research and education to promote innovation within the field, and communicate these advances to the public. Through basic research, we provide novel perspectives on problems in human health, wildlife conservation and other applications of behavioral sciences.
The Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CCBB) provides research opportunities and support for students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty interested in the use of computational approaches to solving biological problems. The research interests of the participating faculty, who are drawn from departments across The University of Texas at Austin, involve a broad range of approaches and focus on experimental evolution, molecular evolution and phylogenetics, systems biology, ecological, evolutionary and functional genomics, and neurogenomics, to name just a few. Prospective students interested in research opportunities in computational biology and bioinformatics should contact the appropriate faculty members directly.
Among the resources, maintained by the CCBB are several high performance computing (HPC) clusters, extensive and secure data storage systems, web servers, and a wide array of software packages. The CCBB also supports a Bioinformatics Consulting Group that provides support to UT faculty and students whose projects involve large-scale data sets and complex computational analyses. Training in computational and bioinformatics approaches to biological problems is another part of our mission. We offer and sponsor a variety of training courses and workshops. For more details, see our Training page. Finally, the CCBB sponsors seminars of interest to the computational biology community, including an Annual Symposium in Big Data in Biology. If you would like to receive announcements about these events, please send a request to add your email address to our list serve.
Fundamental research into the basic processes of living cells and tissues is crucial to future advances in medicine and biotechnology. Indeed, in few fields of study are basic discovery and practical applications so closely intertwined. In 1993, The University established the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology to focus efforts on the revolutionary developments occurring in molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, and genomics.