Member Centers

Since 1999, the Consortium's members have helped build the University of Minnesota’s reputation as the place to turn to for incisive, honest debate on crucial issues surrounding law, values, and science.

Learn how to apply for membership and about member policies.

Our current members are:

BioTechnology Institute

The BioTechnology Institute (BTI) provides advanced research, training, and university-industry interaction in biological process technology, a major area of biotechnology research. The Institute is the central University of Minnesota vehicle for coordinated research in the biological, chemical, and engineering aspects of biotechnology and home to the President's Initiative on Biocatalysis.

Mike Sadowsky
Director, BioTechnology Institute
Professor, Department of Soil, Water and Climate

Center for Animal Health and Food Safety

The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) joins with local, national, and international stakeholders to respond to emerging animal health, public health, and food safety issues.

Andres Perez
Andres Perez, DVM, PhD
Director, Center for Animal Health and Food Safety
Endowed Chair of Global Animal Health and Food Safety
Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine

Center for Bioethics

The Center for Bioethics' mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge concerning ethical issues in health care, biomedicine, and the life sciences. It conducts original interdisciplinary research, offers educational programs and courses, fosters public discussion and debate through community outreach activities, and assists in the formulation of public policy.

Debra DeBruin
Interim Director, Center for Bioethics
Maas Family Chair in Bioethics, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Center for Bioethics
Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts Department of Philosophy

Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuropharmacology

Cognitive neuropharmacology is the study of how drugs interact with the brain and affect thinking and behavior, such as speech and language. Researchers at the Center collaborate with investigators from such disciplines as neuroscience, neuroimaging, linguistics, natural language and speech processing, psychometrics, pharmacogenomics, pharmacometrics, and informatics to study how drugs can affect an individual’s cognitive functioning.

Susan Marino
Director, Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuropharmacology
Associate Professor, Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
Member, Institute of Personalized Medicine

Center for Cognitive Sciences

Center for Cognitive Sciences members represent 14 University departments and 6 colleges and the Center provides them with opportunities to share their insights on recent advances and develop interdisciplinary research collaborations. Its primary mission is the facilitation of interdisciplinary research and teaching in cognitive science.

Victoria Interrante
Director, Center for Cognitive Sciences
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Professor, Graduate Program in Human Factors and Ergonomics

Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP)

CIDRAP focuses on three priorities: 1) improving the readiness of public health, infectious disease medical practice, and the health care system to respond to catastrophic events such as bioterrorism; 2) developing strategies for enhancing the ability of the farm-to-table food system to prevent, detect, and respond to deliberate contamination of food and agricultural products with infectious or toxic agents; 3) promoting the implementation of routine food irradiation to reduce the incidence of foodborne disease.

Mike Osterholm
Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
Regents Professor
McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Professor, Technological Leadership Institute
Adjunct Professor, Medical School

Center for Neurobehavioral Development

The Center for Neurobehavioral Development is a research center that houses over thirty studies about children's cognitive and neurobehavioral functioning. Our research projects are supported by major granting agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

The mission of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development is to understand how brain development affects the way children think, learn and express emotions. Center research focuses on typically developing, atypically developing, and at-risk children. Our goal is to understand brain and behavioral development throughout childhood, from infancy through adolescence.

Michael Georgieff
Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Development
Professor of Pediatrics and Child Psychology
Professor, Institute of Child Development
Director, Division of Neonatology
Megan Gunnar
Associate Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Development
Regents Professor
Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Department Chair and Director, Institute of Child Development

Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (CSTEP)

CSTEP is part of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and focuses on issues arising at the intersection of science, technology, environment and society that shape economic development, environmental sustainability, human health, and well-being.

Center for Spirituality & Healing

With nearly two decades of experience in healthcare innovation, the Center has played a pivotal role in improving the health and wellbeing of people, organizations and communities at the local, national and international levels. Our remarkable faculty, experts drawn from the University and the community, are committed to innovation, service and social change.

Aligned with the University's mission of education, research and service, the Center is a pioneer in forging new paths for interprofessional education and research - breaking down silos and disciplinary boundaries. Our diverse and multidisciplinary faculty strive to advance health and wellbeing around the world.

Mary Jo Kreitzer
Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN
Founder and Director, Center for Spirituality & Healing
Professor, School of Nursing
Co-director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) supports all stages of the research process, providing research and regulatory support, specialized facilities, and analytical services. It also offers educational and training opportunities for new investigators and study coordinators.  CTSI is part of a National Insitutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium created to accelerate laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients.

Bruce Blazar
Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Director, Center for Translational Medicine
Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation, School of Medicine
Academic Health Center Associate Vice President for Clinical and Translational Science
Regents Professor and CCRF Chair in Pediatric Oncology
Chief of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program

Food Protection and Defense Institute

The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), formerly known as the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, was officially launched as a Homeland Security Center of Excellence in July 2004 at the University of Minnesota. Developed as a multidisciplinary and action-oriented research consortium, FPDI addresses the vulnerability of the nation's food system. FPDI takes a comprehensive, farm-to-table view of the food system, encompassing all aspects from primary production through transportation and food processing to retail and food service.

Amy Kircher
Co-Director, Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative
Senior Advisor, Food Protection and Defense Institute
Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
Jennifer van de Ligt Image
Director of the Integrated Food Systems Leadership
Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute
Associate Professor
Jennifer van de Ligt, PhD, is the Director of the Integrated Food Systems Leadership program, Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute, and Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. She has an extensive background in animal feed and human food production, nutrition, safety, and regulations.

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute

The mission of the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is to increase and sustain the University's impact in the interdisciplinary arena of food, agriculture, and health. The priority focus areas are food safety, prevention of obesity and chronic disease, and food policy.

Daniel D. Gallaher
Advisory Board Member, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute
Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition
Associate Investigator, Minnesota Nutrition and Obesity Center
Member, Masonic Cancer Center
Mindy Kurzer
Director, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute
Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology & Transplantation
Director of Graduate Studies, Nutrition Graduate Program

Institute on the Environment (IonE)

IonE discovers solutions to Earth’s most pressing environmental problems by conducting transformative research, developing the next generation of global leaders and building world-changing partnerships.

Jessica Hellmann
Director, IonE
Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

International Science & Technology Practice & Policy Center (InSTePP)

International Science & Technology Practice & Policy (InSTePP) brings together a community of scholars at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere to engage in economic research on science and technology practice and policy, emphasizing the international implications.

Philip Pardey
Director, International Science & Technology Practice & Policy
Professor, Department of Applied Economics
Director of Global Research Strategy for the College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station

Masonic Cancer Center

The University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center serves as the focal point for cancer research at the University. As a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, Masonic Cancer Center's 500 members apply their expertise to the broad problem of cancer with research on cancer causes, prevention, treatment, outcomes, and survivorship. 

Doug Yee
Director, Masonic Cancer Center
John H. Kersey Chair in Cancer Research
Professor, Medicine and Pharmacology (Joint Appointment)

Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute

Members of the Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute (MPGI) are faculty who are interested in the successful development and application of genomics and the resulting societal and environmental impact. The mission of MPGI is to promote advances in microbial and plant genomics, genomics-enabled science, and molecular genetics for the benefit of society.

Jeff Gralnick
Director, Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute
Associate Professor, Microbiology

Stem Cell Institute

The Stem Cell Institute (SCI) uses stem cell biology to change the practice of medicine through discovery, education, and translation. The researchers and faculty of the SCI explore the science of stem cell biology with the purposes of responding to the medical needs of today and educating the researchers of tomorrow.

Image of Brenda M. Ogle
Director, Stem Cell Institute
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

University of Minnesota Genomics Center

The University of Minnesota Genomics Center (UMGC) provides genomics research services committed to advancing genomics in Minnesota. The UMGC maintains and acquires state-of-the-art instrumentation and offers an array of services including sequencing, expression, genotyping, nucleic acid extraction and related support. We strive to keep pace with the ever-broadening world of “omics” technologies (genomics, epigenomics, metabolomics), and to expand our role at the University and the wider biotech community.

Prof. Kenny Beckman
Director, University of Minnesota Genomics Center
Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health Informatics

Water Resources Center

The Water Resources Center provides leadership in freshwater management through cutting-edge research, educational opportunities for students and professionals, and community outreach.

Jeffrey Peterson
Director, Water Resources Center
Professor, Department of Applied Economics