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Multiple images of researchers working in the field. The first image shows two student researchers, looking at a laptop by a stream in their high boots and weighters. The second image is a close up shot of a student researcher looking at creatures in glass containers. The third image shows two professors, wearing safety glasses, about to pour liquid nitrogen. The fourth image shows a researcher in the lab. The fifth image shows a group of researchers looking at foliage in plastic bags. The sixth image shows two researchers taking images for the library archive, one is standing on a stool while the other holds books open.

Solving the most challenging problems of the day requires innovation and collaboration. Research centers and institutes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provide the infrastructure and support services necessary to help scholars and scientists produce their best work.

When they join a center or institute, faculty members typically retain their appointments in discipline-based departments, continuing to teach students and mentor graduate students. By carrying new knowledge back to their home departments, these faculty members help keep their disciplines on the cutting edge.

Research centers and institutes also help the state’s economy. Their ability to address real-world problems in a comprehensive manner attracts external funding and helps North Carolina compete for economic-development opportunities. A thriving research center or institute is a powerful force for new ideas and beneficial change.



    A Nutrient’s Impact On Brain Function

    Inspired by her chemist father, UNC Nutrition Research Institute Professor Isis Trujillo is now researching how an essential nutrient choline impacts our development and behavior. She hopes her research will encourage choline supplements for pregnant mothers.

  • To the left is the funded farm, which you can see has a wild and natural quality.

    Making Impact With A Coffee Farm

    Discourage invasive plants, cultivate a native species and help human neighbors. A project funded by UNC Center for Galapagos Studies is doing all three, practicing sustainable farming on the island.

  • Returning To The Galápagos

    After an almost two-year break, animal health researchers from UNC and NC State returned to Carolina’s Galapagos Science Center to conduct various vital studies ranging from cross-matching blood samples in sea lions to measuring microplastics found in the green sea … Continued

  • an infographic showing a 54.8% increase in cost of metastatic breast cancer between 2015 and 2030

    The Cost of Metastatic Breast Cancer

    A study from the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention estimates that annual costs associated with metastatic breast cancer among United States women will total $152.4 billion in 2030 — nearly two and a half times the estimate for 2015 costs — due to an increase in cases among younger women.

  • Nutritional Genomics

    In this episode of The Bioinformatics CRO Podcast, Saroja Voruganti, of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, discusses her work in the unique field of nutritional genomics. She seeks to identify genetic susceptibility to diseases, effect of genetic variation … Continued

  • Microbes and Marine Ecosystems

    In this video, UNC Center for Galapagos Studies researcher Scott Gifford explains his work to better understand the molecular biodiversity found in microbial communities and the role bacteria play in shaping ocean chemistry and ecology.

  • Preschool During the Pandemic

    This video series from the FPG Child Development Institute’s Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center shares the successes of practitioners and families across the country in supporting preschoolers during COVID-19 through technology.

  • On The Edge Of Discovery

    Carolina alumna Stacy Zhang first got her feet wet in marine ecology as an undergrad. Now a postdoctoral researcher with the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, she is on the frontlines of helping navigate challenges facing North Carolina’s coast.

  • Why Do Sea Turtles Eat Ocean Plastics?

    New research from a team of UNC Biology experts shows that plastics floating in the ocean build a coating of algae and microorganisms that smells edible to turtles. The findings raise questions about a number of long-term impacts plastics may … Continued

  • giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands

    Science and Conservation in the Galápagos Islands

    UNC Center for Galápagos Studies Director Stephen Walsh and Universidad San Francisco de Quito’s Carlos Mena explain the importance of protecting the Galápagos Islands through interdisciplinary science and conservation.

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