Focus on Research

Growing our Strengths

In order to become a model 21st-century public research university, UB invested in areas of strategic strength, particularly those that intersected among the disciplines. The resulting growth was in centers and institutes—Strategic Strengths—that addressed global issues from multiple perspectives.

While the Strategic Strengths no longer exist as working entities, most have evolved into other programs and initiatives building on the interdisciplinary thinking that created them. We have archived the original strengths and noted current transformations where appropriate.

Original Strategic Strengths

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The Creative Arts Initiative builds on the original strength—Artistic Expression and the Performing Arts. It continues the groundbreaking accomplishments, facilitating a dynamic environment for artistic creation.

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This strategic strength focuses attention on issues of social justice, equity and public policy. It hosts workshops and seminars, supports fellowships and facilitates networking between community and researchers. Learn more about Civic Engagement and Public Policy 


Bringing together research on race, gender, poetics, aesthetics and other aspects of history, language, literature, art and culture, Cultures and Texts explores the human condition.

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The Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics (ISTL) unites management and engineering schools on challenging issues in transportation and supply-chain management. It builds on the original strength, Extreme Events: Mitigation and Response

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University researchers and centers are focused on health and wellness. The Clinical Translational Research Center, the Women's Health Initiative and the Community for Global Health Equity continue the cross-disciplinary persective of the Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan strength.

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Advances in computing are changing our lives. Leading UB centers include the Center for Computational Research and the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors. They continue the research of the Information and Computing Technology strategic strength.

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UB is innovating our world in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Centers include the NYS Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics and the Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics, which follow the Integrated Nanostructured Systems strength.

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Strategic Strength: Molecular Recognition in Biological Systems and Bioinformatics started the process. Now interdisciplinary teams from the COE: the Genome, Environment and the Microbiome (GEM) and Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics (BIG) are helping us understand the intersections of information, health and our environment.