Additional Research Centers and Resources
Adult Fitness Program
The UC Davis Adult Fitness Program is designed to help individuals improve their health and physical fitness to prevent disease and improve quality of life. Our team of exercise specialists includes sports medicine physicians, exercise physiologists and nutritionists trained by UC Davis Sports Medicine, Exercise Biology and Nutrition Faculty in exercise testing and prescription and sports nutrition. This program exists to provide a public health service to the university and surrounding communities; to provide clinical learning opportunities for UC Davis students; to provide opportunities to study the benefit of exercise and proper nutrition in the prevention of disease and assist individuals in evaluating their progress through discounted repeat testing and evaluation.
In cooperation with state, federal, and private agencies as well as private industry, the Center for Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction performs applied and basic research to develop innovative technologies in the areas of highway and civil infrastructure construction, maintenance, and operations. Our ultimate goal is the deployment of these technologies. Our efforts center on safety, mobility, lean operations, reliability, and the minimization of environmental impacts. To achieve these aims, we combine and leverage advanced automation and robotics, information technology, sensing and mechatronics, design and sustainability, life-cycle analysis, and advanced communication and computer technologies.
The Center works directly with California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) also helps them access university and industry research, maintain a leadership position in maintenance and construction technology, access federal and pooled funds for research, test and evaluate new technologies, improve the Caltrans public image as a technology-oriented organization, and train students and professionals in transportation operations and technology.
Kemper Hall; lower level
The AMCaT labs place their major emphasis on analytical electron microscopy (micro analysis) in the material sciences. The vision and goal of AMCaT is to embrace and support a multi-disciplinary user base of students (undergraduate and graduate), post doctoral fellows, and faculty researchers at UC Davis. The facility also offers its users a variety of sample preparation equipment, a light microscopy lab with image analysis, an x-ray lab, and a materials testing lab. AMCaT supports numerous lab classes in engineering.
Advanced Transportation Infrastructure Research Center Facility (ATIRC)
The UC Davis Advanced Transportation Infrastructure Research Center (ATIRC) project provides a facility for two research programs: the UC Pavement Research Center (UCPRC) and the Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology Research Center (AHMCT). Research at the UCPRC at ATIRC includes accelerated pavement testing of new types of materials and pavement structures using the Heavy Vehicle Simulators, laboratory specimen preparation and testing, and analyses. ATIRC houses the UC Davis staff of the UCPRC.
The Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) is a hub linking research, education, and outreach in sustainable agriculture and food systems across all divisions of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis, across the University of California, and with other partners across the state, nation, and planet. ASI includes:
The California Agricultural Experiment Station has branches on the UC Davis, UC Riverside and UC Berkeley campuses. The UC Davis branch includes approximately 400 faculty and CE Specialists, mostly in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, but also in the College of Biological Sciences and the School of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to laboratory facilities, it has approximately 3,000 acres devoted to field research in the environmental and crop sciences, as well as facilities to support animal and long-term experimental research. The Experiment Station supports faculty in research involving agricultural production, food processing, nutrition, animal care and disease prevention, consumer sciences and community development and in natural resources and ecosystem science management, with an emphasis on maintaining and improving environmental quality of both natural and managed ecosystems.
The purpose of Center for Advanced Laboratory Fusion Science and Engineering (CALFUSE) is to promote interaction between research and educational entities within the University and among the University, the national laboratories, and industrial laboratories. Fusion research is an extremely broad field, encompassing topics that cut across numerous engineering, science, and policy disciplines. The initial set of topics includes plasma accelerators, high-energy particle accelerators, plasma diagnostics (specifically, millimeter wave and Terahertz technology developments), advanced computing, advanced materials, and energy policy. The Center invites participation from all fields that may have relevance to fusion education and research.
The Center for Biophotonics applies biophotonics-the science of light interaction with biological matter-to solve problems in biology and medicine. Work at C4B advances the research, development, and application of new optical/photonic tools and technologies in medicine and the life sciences, enabling engineers to collaborate with basic scientists and physicians at the UC Davis Medical Center to translate new technologies from the benchtop to the bedside. Center projects are highly diverse and include superresolution optical microscopies, advanced imaging and manipulation of living cells and other biological systems, engineered fluorescent proteins, label-free cell analysis by Raman spectroscopy and second harmonic generation, molecular sensors and assays, in vitro and in vivo devices and assays for diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease.
Center for Child and Family Studies (main office in West House)
The Center for Child and Family Studies (CCFS) houses the Early Childhood Laboratory (ECL), a research, teaching and demonstration laboratory of the Division of Human Development and Family Studies in the Department of Human Ecology. At the ECL, students enrolled in human development courses learn observational techniques and participate with peers, children, parents and professionals in developmental programs for infants through preschoolers. Students study early development in a naturalistic setting, linking research and theory to principles of interaction and learning about developmental differences. Selected undergraduate students participate in faculty and graduate student research at the laboratory. The CCFS also houses several research and outreach facilities, including the Eichhorn Family House.
The Center performs research in the broad area of geotechnical engineering, with a focus on earthquake engineering problems such as dynamic site response, liquefaction, ground failure, and soil-foundation-structure interaction for buildings, bridges, dams, tunnels, and port facilities. The Center emphasizes physical modeling using one of the world's largest and most advanced geotechnical centrifuge facilities, but also performs numerical simulations using advanced computational tools, develops design procedures, and develops new techniques for site characterization. The centrifuge is available for shared use by researchers from around the country and is supported by NSF's National Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure program.
Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
2101 Academic Surge Building Bahram Ravani, Director and Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; http://ucdavis.citris-uc.org
The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) is one of the California Institutes of Science and Innovations with a mission of investigating information technology solutions for society's most pressing challenges. The Center involves a partnership among four UC campuses: UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz and operates within the greater ecosystem of the University of California and the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of northern California.
CITRIS was created to "shorten the pipeline" between world-class laboratory research and the creation of start-ups, larger companies, and whole industries.
CITRIS facilitates partnerships and collaborations involving faculty members and students from numerous departments at the four UC campuses with industrial and other collaborators. Current CITRIS initiatives include Sustainable Infrastructures (pursuing research in cyber-infrastructure of a sustainable society); Connected Communities (supporting collaborative discovery, design, and governance through new technologies that enhance education, creative work, and public engagement); People and Robots (addressing approaches and challenges in Cloud Robotics, Deep Learning, Human-Centric Automation, and Bio-Inspired Robotics in the interest of the society); and Health (developing innovative technologies in telehealth, sensors, analytics and mobile devices to improve health outcomes and access to cost-effective healthcare).
267 Cousteau Place, Davis, CA 95618 530-297-4651
The Center for Mind and Brain is an interdisciplinary research center that is dedicated to understanding the nature of the human mind. Our scientists probe the mind using state-of-the-art approaches from the social, biological, engineering, and medical sciences. Our core research areas include attention, development and aging, memory, multisensory integration, music, and disorders of mind and brain. We focus on both discovering the fundamental principles of the healthy human mind and understanding and treating conditions such as autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease.
Center for Molecular Genomic Imaging (CMGI)
The Center for Molecular Genomic Imaging (CMGI) offers the research community dedicated, state-of-the-art imaging technologies for in vivo and biospecimen imaging. Imaging modalities include PET, SPECT, CT, MRI, ultrasound, autoradiography, and optical imaging (fluorescence and bioluminescence). CMGI also operates a biomedical cyclotron and radiochemistry facility for synthesis of radiotracers. The CMGI has become a core facility serving a wide range of campus investigators and is integrated into many major centers, programs, and institutes.
Imaging studies can provide new insights in many areas of biomedical research, including oncology, cardiology, neuroscience and pharmacology. Molecular and genomic imaging can play an important role in advancing basic science investigations and in the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for use in the clinical setting. CMGI staff provide services that include consultation, protocol planning and experimental design, animal handling and physiologic monitoring, injection of contrast agents and radiopharmaceuticals, scanning, data reconstruction and visualization, image analysis and data backup. CMGI facilities are open to all researchers at UC Davis, and are also open, on a space-available basis, to external researchers.
The Center for Nano and Micromanufacturing (CNM2) includes a 10,000 square-foot Class 100 cleanroom, offering a broad line of lithography tools with resolution capabilities down to 50nm, metal and dielectric thin-film deposition, dry etching, as well as numerous characterization tools to support device manufacturing for a variety of industries and applications. The facility has capabilities to accommodate a wide variety of substrate materials including: Si, SiO2, borosilicate glass, InP, GaAS as well as well as biocompatible polymer materials such as PDMS. External to the cleanroom we have an additional 5000+ square feet of research space which houses both a high-resolution SEM and FIB system used for sample characterization and TEM sample preparation. The staff is available from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (PST) to assist internal and external users with process development and training to help streamline research projects.
Cameron Carter, Director
The Center for Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary unit that serves as the focal point for the study of the neurosciences at UC Davis. Faculty affiliated with the Center are from 13 departments and sections. The center sponsors a seminar series, conferences and symposia, provides research space for center members and supports graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and distinguished visitors.
Faculty and students are engaged in the study of brain mechanisms responsible for normal human cognitive and perceptual processes and in the study of fundamental aspects of nerve cell function and development. A core group of cognitive neuroscientists uses various imaging techniques and electrophysiological techniques to study both the normal and lesioned cerebral cortex to understand how the normal brain controls behavior. Other faculty members use either animal models to understand how information is processed in the brain or simple systems to study the fundamental biology of nerve function and development and disorders affecting them.
The UC Davis Center for Population Biology (CPB) aims to advance understanding of the fundamental ecological and evolutionary processes that control the origins and maintenance of biological diversity, at all levels of organization ranging from molecules to ecosystems. Our activities promote integrative, multidisciplinary research in population biology through collaborations, mentorships, workshops and meetings. Faculty in the Center are drawn from nine academic departments and three colleges; Biological Sciences, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Letters and Science.
Center for Science and Innovation Studies
1246 Social Sciences and Humanities Building & 1127 King Hall
The Center for Science and Innovation Studies (CSIS) studies the many dimensions of the process of technoscientific innovation. We focus predominantly on the upstream spectrum of innovation—from the design, articulation, and funding of research programs to the patenting and publication of their outcomes—paying particular attention to the process, practices, instruments, and techniques of innovation and to the conceptual and practical problems of knowledge transfer. Through detailed case studies (contemporary as well as historical), CSIS analyzes the role that training, cultural background, and cross-disciplinary mobility play in the emergence of innovation, as well as the new institutional, technical, and social arrangements that sustain it (from innovative laboratory architecture and university-industry configurations, to distributed and cyberinfrastructure-based collaborations, to alternative systems of publication and new metrics of quality and performance assessment). Intellectual property (both traditional regimes and more recent platforms like free software, open source, science commons, and norm-based reward systems) is a central focus of CSIS, as are issues pertaining to bioprospecting and the access to and reward of traditional knowledge.
The UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI) aims to catalyze and foster innovative partnerships for discovering, understanding, and communicating science for effective stewardship of ocean and coastal environments in California and beyond. We especially strive to build collaborations with diverse stakeholders, including private-sector organizations and corporations that have significant economic, social, and environmental interests in the coastal ocean and at the land-sea interface. We believe that such partnerships can lead to the development of sustainable policies that protect biodiversity, nurture ecosystems, and enhance beneficial uses of the ocean in parallel with socio-economic development. With its focus on humans and the coastal oceans, the institute assembles globally-recognized experts from more than 20 academic units on the main campus and Bodega Marine Laboratory. CMSI also coordinates research and academic programs cross campus, including a new major in Marine and Coastal Sciences, as well as emerging graduate and professional programs.
Computer Security Laboratory
2063 Kemper Hall;
The mission of the UC Davis Computer Security Laboratory is to improve the current state of computer and information security and assurance through research and teaching. The Security Lab investigates security problems in the network infrastructure, in computer security, and in information assurance in general. Current projects include research into data sanitization, vulnerabilities analysis, social links, the provision of a secure programming clinic, forensic logging and auditing, e-voting and the process of holding an election, biology-inspired security techniques, and security of mobile networks and smartphones. The Security Laboratory also researches and detects malicious code (viruses, worms, time bombs, etc.) in programs and detects attempts to penetrate or misuse computer systems. Research projects are supported by corporate and government organizations.
The UC Davis Genome Center integrates experimental and computational approaches to address questions at the forefront of genomics and bioinformatics. The Center is housed in a purpose-built research building with state-of-the-art computational and laboratory facilities. The Center has resident and non-resident research faculty and established five technology cores that serve the whole campus. The five service cores are DNA Technologies, Expression Analysis, Proteomics, Metabolomics, and Bioinformatics. These technology service cores have been established to provide researchers with access to the latest technologies on an at-cost, as-needed basis. Further details are available from the website.
This unit is a surgical research facility in compliance with NIH, AAALAC and USDA standards. Instruction in surgical techniques is available including multiple training stations for larger groups. Surgical instruments, drapes, anesthesia machines, scrub suits, and equipment for monitoring vital signs and physiologic parameters are available. Assistance with animal procurement is available. Staff are available to perform or assist with both survival and non-survival surgical procedures depending on the investigator's requirements. Staff are also available for post-operative care, data and sample collection as required, and assistance with preparation of the IACUC Protocol for Animal Care and Use.
The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) was founded in 1963 and has a long history of basic and applied research and outreach in exercise physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology. The HPL has been involved in a variety of research areas since its inception including metabolism, heat stress, fluid balance, injury prevention, body composition and health benefits of physical activity and fitness. The HPL is represented by full-time and adjunct faculty members with varying research backgrounds and scientific interests. The HPL facilities allow measurement of a comprehensive list of human performance characteristics. Investigators have access to advanced data acquisition systems for evaluation in the areas of biomechanics, motor learning, environmental physiology, cardiopulmonary and thermoregulatory physiology, human nutrition and exercise and muscle metabolism. Specific technologies and capabilities include extensive computing facilities, high speed 3-D video motion analysis, ground reaction force measurement, ultrasound imaging, a temperature and humidity controlled environmental chamber and systems for measurement of oxygen consumption, body composition and psychomotor performance. The HPL meets the needs of today's creative researcher and has the capacity to assist in answering tomorrows research questions.
The UC Davis Humanities Institute (DHI) is an interdisciplinary research center that fosters intellectual collaborations and facilitates access to resources for faculty and graduate students who are actively engaged in research and teaching in the humanities, the arts, cultural studies and the humanistically oriented social sciences. It advocates for the humanities within the UC Davis community and works with funding agencies to secure individual and programmatic resources for faculty. To explore emerging research areas and provide collaborative opportunities for faculty and graduate students, the Institute sponsors faculty and graduate research fellowships, interdisciplinary research clusters, and administers the Mellon Research Initiatives in the Humanities and the Mellon Public Scholars Program. The Institute also organizes conferences, workshops and lectures and provides partial funding for events that serve humanities scholars at UC Davis.
Plant scientists in the Louis K. Mann Laboratory study the physiology, biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology of pre-harvest and harvested fruits, ornamentals, and vegetables to improve and maintain their quality and safety during harvest, storage, processing, distribution and marketing. Four current faculty and two Emeritus Faculty are located or affiliated with this facility and are members of the Department of Plant Sciences. One USDA/ARS research scientist is also housed in the Mann Lab. Research and extension activities are supported by students, postdoctoral researchers and visiting scientists. Research includes basic plant molecular biology, plant physiology, applied postharvest biology and technology, produce safety microbiology, and practical storage technologies for horticultural crops, including whole and lightly processed products. Results are of interest to other researchers in the plant sciences and food science as well as to growers, shippers, transportation and logistics providers, marketers and consumers of fresh fruit and vegetables. This Special Postharvest Facility is a CAES resource and is equipped with 18 controlled-temperature rooms, eight research laboratories, specialized postharvest analytical equipment, advanced rapid test equipment for human pathogens, and a small conference room for up to 25 with a 60" wall-mounted flat-screen monitor.
Medical Sciences 1D
The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility provides access to state-of-the-art NMR instrumentation for spectroscopy and imaging to researchers in the biological, medical and physical sciences. At present, the facility operates ten spectrometers of varying purposes and capabilities at field strengths from 300 to 800 MHz. Applications include structural characterization of organic molecules, determination of protein structure and dynamics, metabolomics, imaging and in vivo spectroscopy of small animals, plants, and materials, and spectroscopy of solids. The Facility also has workstations for off-line data processing. Three full-time staff members are available to assist campus researchers in utilizing the instrumentation. A training course, Biological Chemistry 230, is offered in the fall quarter.
The UC Pavement Research Center (UCPRC) uses innovative research and sound engineering principles to improve pavement structures, materials and technologies. Work at the UCPRC focuses on asphalt and concrete pavements, including design, materials, rehabilitation, life cycle, maintenance and reconstruction; pavement cost analysis and strategy selection; the effects of pavement activities on traffic in urban areas; pavement performance modeling; and environmental life-cycle assessment for pavements.
Social Science Data Service
105 Social Sciences and Humanities Building
The Social Science Data Service (SSDS) is a unit in the Division of Social Sciences. SSDS provides quantitative computing and consulting services in support of faculty and graduate students involved in social science research on the UC Davis campus. SSDS provides consulting services for the wide range of software used by social scientists and assists with questions regarding the use of SSDS computers and statistical and data-related programming. SSDS manages a UNIX system and a PC research lab used for quantitative social science computing.
Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS)
STEPS is an ongoing research consortium, started in 2007, that addresses the technical, operational, logistical, and strategic issues related to the transition to an alternative fuel-based economy. The program comprises 100+ interdisciplinary research projects addressing the potential transportation energy pathways: electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, and fossil fuels. These pathways are analyzed and compared across program threads: consumer demand and travel behavior; innovation and business strategy; infrastructure system analysis; environmental, energy and cost analysis; vehicle technology evaluation; policy analysis; and integrative scenarios and transition strategies.The overarching program goal of STEPS is to generate new insights about the transitions to a sustainable transportation energy future and disseminate that knowledge to decision-makers in the private sector and governmental agencies so that they can make informed technology, investment, and policy choices.
UC Davis Administration Office; Watershed Sciences Building;
The Tahoe Environmental Research Center is dedicated to research, education and public outreach on lakes and their surrounding watersheds and airsheds. Lake ecosystems include the physical, biogeochemical and human environments, along with the interactions among them. The Center is committed to providing objective scientific information for the restoration and sustainable use of the Lake Tahoe Basin and for freshwater ecosystems worldwide. Two public education centers in the Tahoe basin provide information and organize programs for K-12 and adult audiences throughout the year.
The UC Agricultural Issues Center is a university-wide research and outreach unit with core competencies in economics while drawing on expertise from many disciplines. The Center focuses on California's agricultural issues related to science and technology, international trade and markets, agribusiness trends, rural-urban issues, natural resources and the environment, human resources and agricultural policy.
Formally the UC Davis Herbarium
The UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity provides information on the names, uses, toxicity and distribution of plants. Anyone can visit the Herbarium to use its dried plant collections (300,000 specimens), botanical library and microscopes, but a phone call is suggested to make sure staff will be available to assist you. The collections are used most commonly to check plant identifications, but they are also used by campus faculty and students for teaching and research in plant systematics and ecology. Herbarium staff answer hundreds of public service requests each year (especially identification of weeds and poisonous plants). Collections include vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens and algae. The majority of these specimens are angiosperms (flowering plants), mainly from California, but the collections are worldwide in scope, with strong holdings from North America, Ecuador, Baja California and regions with Mediterranean climate regimes. The Herbarium is well known for its collection of weeds and poisonous plants, although it also has world-class collections of grasses, oaks and spurges. The Herbarium's support group, the Davis Botanical Society, hosts a wide range of botanical events, workshops and trips each year.
The Energy Institute at UC Davis is home to energy research and education programs of the University of California, Davis. It was established to accelerate the global transformation to a sustainable energy future and is structured to coordinate the world-class strengths of UC Davis in energy research, education and outreach to foster new innovations, expand public service and inform decision-making about new energy solutions. The Energy Institute encompasses critical areas of energy research at UC Davis—including renewable and sustainable energy systems, energy efficiency, fuels and transportation, infrastructure, environment, and economics. The Institute actively targets the demand for well-trained energy professionals.
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering;
The research areas at the UC Davis J. Amorocho Hydraulics Laboratory include engineering hydraulics, fisheries protection, and ecological and environmental hydraulics. UC Davis JAHL was built to perform hydraulic modeling studies for the California State Water Project and has been conducting hydraulic investigations through scaled physical, prototype and numerical models to provide modeling services to federal, state, and local water agencies and private entities. With the recently constructed large flume, which has a circulation capacity of 200 cfs, it is now possible to perform prototype physical modeling studies at the laboratory, including dam removal and sediment transport studies without scaling the sediment and fluid properties. Recent research projects have included the assessment of hydraulics, fish behavior, and swimming, near unscreened diversions; studies of sturgeon passage; and investigations of the effects of California riparian vegetation on flow, roughness, and erosion. With the help of the state and federal agencies, researchers have actively participated in the development of solutions to fish protection for the Bay Delta river system and are developing a better understanding of the hydraulic and biological issues in the Sacramento River and Bay Delta system. Fish biologists, hydraulic engineers and other UC Davis JAHL researchers have many years of experience in testing Sacramento River and Bay Delta fish species under various hydraulic and environmental conditions and in handling invasive water plant species that occur in the Delta fish facilities.
The X-Ray Crystallographic Laboratory, located in the Department of Chemistry, provides crystal structure determinations for researchers. Single crystals from all branches of chemistry are studied. The laboratory is equipped with three single crystal Bruker X-ray diffractometers, a Kappa Photon 4-circle with both Cu and Mo micro-sources, an APEX Duo equipped with both a Cu micro-source and Mo sealed tube anode sources, and an APEXII Mo source system. The lab also has a Bruker Eco Advance Powder X-ray diffractometer with 9 position sample changer. The laboratory also possesses a stereo-microscope. All single crystal instruments have variable low temperature systems including one with the added capability of cooling the crystal to 5K. Consultation and collaboration on a variety of single crystal related projects can be arranged.
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