IBiS students have access to NU's many state-of-the-art Research Facilities to aid them with their research.

IBiS faculty participate in many research centers of Northwestern University. These centers provide additional training opportunities for IBiS students through conferences, symposia and workshops. The list below includes some of the centers with which our faculty and students are currently involved.

Life Sciences and Research Centers

Center for Cell & Developmental Systems Biology

The goal of the Center for Cell and Developmental Systems Biology is to provide the ability for Center labs to embark on new directions for research, and provide the organizational and material support to make those visions a reality. In addition, the Center provides support for collaborations between labs within CDSB, with their colleagues at Northwestern University, with their counterparts in the region, and around the world. Its mission is to make the fundamental new discoveries that expand knowledge and provide the basis for medical therapies in this new century.


NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

The NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology teams biologists addressing important unanswered questions about development with mathematical scientists from across Northwestern’s Evanston campus to empower levels of analysis not previously possible. By developing dynamic measurements of high dimensional phenomena using imaging and sequencing and other technologies, center investigators will make important new discoveries about the emergent properties of growth and development.

Center for Reproductive Science

The Center for Reproductive Science (CRS) was formed in 1987, and it currently coordinates the research and training efforts of 42 faculty in 13 departments in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the McCormick School of Engineering in Evanston and the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. The CRS Mission is to: (1) Enhance and coordinate reproductive research at Northwestern University (2) Promote the application of new research to clinical practice (3) Optimize the training of future reproductive scientists. Reproductive Sciences is a broad discipline concerned with the mechanism and regulation of reproductive processes and the diagnosis and treatment of reproductive disorders. Research in the reproductive sciences today integrates investigators from fields as diverse as physiology, endocrinology, agriculture, molecular biology, neurobiology, cell biology, anthropology, and medicine. It extends from basic research investigations into the molecular processes that occur in living organisms, through applied studies relevant to efficient animal husbandry, and into clinical practices that directly impact human health with respect to fertility and infertility. Thus, the field of reproduction is inherently multi-disciplinary. CRS provides a forum for bringing together faculty with diverse individual interests, leading to coordinated programs of cooperative investigation that enhance the overall quality of research in the reproductive sciences at Northwestern University.

Center for Structural Biology

The Center for Structural Biology is composed of a core group of six research laboratories located in Cook Hall on the Evanston Campus of Northwestern University. The Center also includes a number of additional faculty in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, the Department of Chemistry, the Structural Biology Center at the Advanced Photon Source of the Argonne National Laboratory, and the Molecular Biophysics Program. The Center for Structural Biology brings together research groups with an interest in structural biology, particularly molecular biophysics and biochemistry. The Center houses several research facilities that are crucial in modern biological macromolecules research. Additionally, the Center helps to promote and disseminate knowledge in Structural Biology through seminars, clubs, and meetings.


Physical Sciences-Oncology Center

Using non-traditional, physical sciences-based approaches to better understand the molecular changes leading to cancer, the Northwestern University Physical Sciences-Oncology Center represents a new strategy in the quest to overcome one of mankind's leading killers. Animated by a mission that emphasizes discovery, innovation, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and education, the Center seeks both to generate new bodies of knowledge and to train the next generation of researchers working at the intersection of the physical sciences and cancer biology. The PS-OC receives its funding from the National Cancer Institute and is the product of a partnership between the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute.

Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center

Basic Sciences Research Division

The Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute designated Center with programs in basic and clinical sciences. The Basic Sciences Research Division of Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University includes faculty who investigate all aspects of cell function from misappropriated extracellular matrix to nuclear transcription factors, from biomaterials to cutting edge imaging techniques, and from prognostics, diagnostics, to therapeutics.