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
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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.
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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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