As the regional hub for life sciences and bioinformatics, UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS) works closely with leading research, academic and clinical institutions across the globe.
Our research partners are some of the most well respected institutions in their fields, and make significant contributions to the ongoing study of life sciences and bioinformatics.
Norma J Nowak, PhD
New York State Center of Excellence
in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences
The CBLS is proud to be part of the University at Buffalo (UB), which is New York State’s largest public university. As a top innovator in medicine, engineering and computer science UB partners with research institutions and faculty collaborators from around the world. The CBLS is located at UB’s Downtown Campus in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, where key partner institutions also reside.
This group studies biological form and function at the atomic architecture level, focusing on biological macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies. The department addresses many of the main methodologies of structural molecular biology, including:
Faculty come from UB and the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI).
Founded in 1898 by Dr. Roswell Park, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) was America’s first cancer center. Over its long history, RPCI has made fundamental contributions to reducing the cancer burden and has successfully maintained an exemplary leadership role in setting the national standards for cancer care, research and education. RPCI adjoins the CBLS as part of downtown Buffalo’s “coatless campus.”
The Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) is an independent, not-for-profit, biomedical research facility located in the heart of downtown Buffalo’s medical campus. For half a century, HWI scientists have been committed to improving human health through study — at a molecular level — of the causes and potential cures of many diseases. HWI serves as the UB Department of Structural Biology, and was home to Buffalo’s only Nobel Prize winner, Herb Hauptman. HWI is physically connected to the CBLS as part of the “coatless campus.”
Based in Manhattan, this world-class organization is a consortium of academic, medical and industry leaders across the globe, focusing on translating genomic research into clinical solutions for better healthcare. In 2014, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $105 million investment in an unprecedented public-private partnership between UB and the NYGC, with $50 million targeted to support a big data and genomic medicine initiative led by the CBLS, the Center for Computational Research (CCR) and the Institute for Healthcare Informatics (IHI) in tandem with the NYGC.
CMI drives innovation and R&D to grow critical industries such as advanced manufacturing, life sciences and energy — helping new and existing businesses become more competitive through technology innovation and facilitate economic development. CMI is one of the driving forces behind Buffalo Manufacturing Works, leveraging UB’s expertise and resources to advance development of manufacturing technology in our region. Currently, CMI is located within the CBLS.
The CBLS is one of ten NYS Centers of Excellence statewide, which were established to drive innovation and economic development. These centers are overseen by NYSTAR.