UB is home to a wide range of academic centers and
institutes that focus on collaborative, multidisciplinary work
in fields ranging from architecture and emerging media to homeland
security and women’s health.
The Great Lakes Program was established in 1985 to support
multidisciplinary efforts to protect and preserve the Great Lakes
ecosystem—home to more than 40 million people in the United
States and Canada.
The Baldy Center is an endowed, internationally recognized
institute supporting UB graduate students and faculty from 17
academic departments in interdisciplinary research, conferences and
The Humanities Institute sponsors a diverse range of programs
and research projects that promote original, theoretically informed
thinking and experimental art. The center seeks to create a vibrant
intellectual community, both on and off campus.
The $118 million CTRC, under construction on UB's
Downtown Campus, will unify the Buffalo Translational
Consortium—14 regional partners dedicated to clinical care,
translational research and business incubation.
The Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) has a 40-year
history of excellence in scientific research that has earned
it a national and international reputation for leadership in the
study of alcohol and substance-abuse issues.
The CCR is a leading academic supercomputing facility that
maintains a high-performance computing environment, high-end
visualization laboratories and support staff with expertise in
computing, visualization and networking.
Venu Govindaraju, who heads Information and Computing
Technology, focuses on automated handwriting analysis
and developed the first handwriting analysis technology used
by the US Post Office.
Creating Healthy Communities
Samina Raja, researcher in Civic Engagement and Public Policy,
is a leader in research into food security, food distribution and
access, and community health. She is the only urban planner serving
as a committee member within the National Academies of Science.
Carla Mazzio, a researcher in Cultures and Texts, specializes in
the Early Modern period with an eye towards its literature and the
way in which it connected with the history of science and
Broadening Our Knowledge of Women's Health
Jean Wactawski-Wende leads one of four nationwide centers in the
NIH-sponsored Women’s Health Initiative. Her knowledge
and leadership have made UB an important research hub for
post-menopausal women’s health.
Building Safer Structures
Andre Filiatraut, works in the field of earthquake preparation,
response and mitigation. In the aftermath of the devastating
Haitian earthquake in 2010, Filitraut and his team from Extreme
Events worked tirelessly to train Haitian engineers.
Small Discoveries with Big Impact
Sarbajit Banerjee’s Integrated Nanostructured Systems lab
has developed a new way to mass produce graphene, one of the
strongest man made substances in the world.
Led by Shermali Gunawardena, new research into how the
brain functions has revealed some of the potential causes while
opening up potential new routes to future prevention of disorders
like Alzheimers Disease.
NSF CAREER winner and associate professor of electrical
engineering, Tommaso Melodia, is using ultrasound to create new
wireless sensors that can be used to treat diseases like diabetes
and heart disease in real time.
The Department of Ophthalmology has once again received an
unrestricted grant from Research to Prevent Blindness to continue
its laboratory-based and clinical research exploring vision
processes and disease.