Research Centers

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The department operates two research centers, the Center for Cell and Developmental Biology and the Center for Structural Biology.  Additionally, the centrally funded Center for Reproductive Science is co-directed by Molecular Biosciences’s Kelly Mayo.  These centers promote unique opportunities for collaboration between laboratories with shared research interests and provide a forum for the sharing of ideas and resources. 

Research Center Highlights

Center for Cell and Developmental Biology

To promote the sharing of research facilities and investigative initiatives, the Department of Molecular Biosciences and the Department of Neurobiology established the Center for Cell and Developmental Biology. Scientists within the Center explore the pathways and mechanisms used by single cells to function and interact with their environments and investigate how cells develop and communicate to form entire organisms.

Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery

The Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery provides a collaborative research platform that brings together biologists and synthetic and medicinal chemists enabling the translation of basic scientific discoveries into new therapeutics.

CMIDD Mission: 

  • To catalyze and enhance research focused on chemical biology and drug discovery. 
  • To promote interdisciplinary activities and resources that increase understanding of physiological and pathophysiological processes relevant to therapeutic and diagnostic development. 
  • To provide educational opportunities for the University community in the area of drug discovery, integrative chemical biology, and related basic interdisciplinary research. 
  • To provide resources for active drug discovery. 

Center for Structural Biology

The Center for Structural Biology combines research laboratories and facilities in structural biology to maximize the efficient use of major equipment items such as

•  600 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility

•  X-ray generators and detectors.

A key strength of the Center is its proximity to the Advanced Photon Source at the Argonne National Laboratory. Northwestern University operates two beamlines at this synchrotron, which provides Molecular Biosciences structural biologists with direct access to one of the most powerful X-ray sources in the world.

Center for Reproductive Science

The Center for Reproductive Science coordinates the research and training efforts of 41 faculty in 13 different departments, with the dual missions of enhancing research in reproductive biology and its applications to human welfare, and of optimizing the training of future research scientists in reproductive biology.

Chemistry of Life Processes Institute

Chemistry of Life Processes Institute

Research At Northwestern

For a complete list of research centers and facilities, please visit Northwestern University's Office of Research page.