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Our Role in UB's Strategic Plan

New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences

CIGBS plays an important role in UB 2020

The Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences (CIGBS) builds capacity internationally in the development of biotechnology. Its collaborations and innovations strengthen the university's leadership among a global community of scholars. 

UB’s students participate in learning experiences that build on core values and expand their perspectives as members of the global community. They conduct research projects from the perspective of a country with limited resources, which improves the student experience while also building self-confidence and pride in themselves and the university.

The center also engages partner institutions and countries, providing novel opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate in research with community impact.

How we play a role

  • CIGBS is a unique resource for UB’s Communities of Excellence. It is experienced in building partnerships in areas that intersect with the Global Health Equity and the Genome, Environment and Microbiome communities. It also participates in regional economic development and biotechnology innovation that affects the Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies community. Learn more about the COEs.
  • CIBGS global partnerships integrate the themes: Humanity, Justice, Innovation, Environment and Health in research and capacity building projects in a way that fosters cultural exchange.
  • CIBGS develops core learning capabilities for students. It creates team science with contributors from UB and partner countriesThe in-country nature of these projects helps develop domain knowledge and critical thinking while promoting collaboration and interactive team science to address complex problems. With the opportunities to visit other countries, the students are motivated to travel, which can lead to a pride in their educational institution and a further desire to contribute to its well-being following graduation.