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Department of Biology Centers Highlights

Bioinformatics Program

Bioinformatics is an emerging interdisciplinary field which combines mathematical and computer sciences with biology and/or medicine. With the recent advancements in biotechnology, biologists are frequently overloaded with large datasets which need to be stored and analyzed in automated ways.

Bioinformatics provides the tools to understand complex biological systems ranging from entire ecological systems, to specific human diseases, to cellular and molecular networks.

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Ecological Research Center

The Ecological Research Center serves as a research and advisory asset to the regional community. Ensuring ecologically sound planning and development within the urban environment is the most vital goal of the Center. The Center assists in the identification of  ecologically related problems and avenues for resolution.

Programs developed by the Center benefits residents of Memphis, the Mid-South, and the global community by assessing issues that explore and improve the quality of life for every individual.  The Center takes a proactive approach to meet community needs while considering the concerns of all stakeholders.

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Feinstone Center for Genomic Research

The purpose of the Feinstone Center for Genomic Research is to foster research and education in the area of genomic research, providing a focal point for these activities within the University of Memphis and the Memphis scientific community. Currently, a major focus of this research is in the area of functional genomics, supporting studies to define the influence of both genetic and environmental factors on gene expression.

The goal of this research is to understand the anatomy of the genome and the functions associated with sets of genetic information. New technologies supported by the center are helping scientists to redefine infectious and chronic diseases, aging and responses to environmental pollutants and drugs, in terms of complex integrated pathways. These same technologies are providing rapid advances in the areas of agriculture and bioremediation.

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Integrated Microscopy Center

The Integrated Microscopy Center (IMC) is a resource facility of the University of Memphis. It provides expertise in the use of microscopy to students, faculty and researchers at the University of Memphis and throughout the immediate area.  The IMC houses light microscopes and electron microscopes and ancillary equipment sample preparation.  The IMC is accredited by the State of Tennessee and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) to prepare clinical samples for electron microscopy.

The IMC includes the new Materials Science Laboratory now open (located in the Integrated Microscopy Center in the basement of the Life Sciences Building). We encourage you visit our website.

Featuring an X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS) and a class 1000 clean room equipped with a deposition unit, photo-lithography station, wire bonder and spin coater, the Materials Science Lab is the first of its kind in west Tennessee. With professional staff and equipment enabling research and training for students, postdocs, and researchers in micro-fabrication and surface characterization, this facility significantly enhances the University's capabilities and competitiveness in the targeted growth area of interdisciplinary materials science.

Learn more about the IMC by visiting their website.

Meeman Biological Field Station

The Edward J. Meeman Biological Field Station is the department’s primary field research and teaching venue for ecology, environmental biology, and natural history.  The main station property consists of 623 acres of forests, ponds, and meadows that encompass upland areas of the Chickasaw bluffs as well as bottomland habitats near the Mississippi River.

This habitat diversity and proximity to the largest river in North America makes Meeman Station an ideal location for research in both terrestrial and aquatic ecology.  Moreover, being only 23 miles from the main campus and having both classroom and dormitory facilities, Meeman is able to provide students with a wealth of hands-on learning experiences in field course offered during regular semesters and summer sessions.

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Bioinformatics Research

Integrated Microscopy

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