We want to advance understanding of the genome, the microbiome
and their interaction with the environment, and to use this
knowledge to benefit humanity in a just, broad-based and
responsible manner—truly a grand challenge of our
GEM will advance genome science to help empower people with the
tools necessary to understand personal health issues, leading to
improved lifestyle choices. Our expanded understanding of the
genome, microbiome and environmental factors will revolutionalize
the emerging field of personalized medicine. We will lead the way
in using this knowledge to benefit humanity in a just, broad-based
and responsible manner—truly a grand challenge of our
The University at Buffalo has three campuses: the North Campus in suburban Amherst, the South Campus on Main Street in a North Buffalo neighborhood and the growing Downtown Campus, encompassing several buildings in downtown Buffalo.
GEM is advancing genome science through cutting-edge pilot
research projects. Researchers partner across disciplines to
investigate connections between the airway microbiome and cancer,
probiotics and obesity treatments, and much more.
Genomic themes are integrated across the curriculum at UB,
offering students the chance to explore the "big" questions that
relate to data, genomics and the microbiome.
Engaging next generations
GEM partners with K-12 teachers and schools throughout the
region to embed genomic and microbiomic literacy in the curriciulum
through hands-on activities in classrooms, on-campus lab visits,
and special events.
The Coalesce Center for Biological Art provides a dedicated
studio laboratory for biological art, graduate positions,
interdisciplinary coursework, artist residency opportunities, DIY
workshops and exhibitions.