Research Centers and Resources

105 Bond Life Sciences Center / 573-884-7703 / Director: Walter Gassmann

The Bond Life Sciences Center at MU was designed with teamwork in mind. Our unique facilities and innovative culture allow researchers to form collaborations rarely seen on college campuses to solve problems in human and animal health, the environment and agriculture.

134 Research Park Drive / 573-882-9482 / Director: Mike Hill

Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center is making great strides toward understanding the causes of many diseases, including hypertension, cancer, cystic fibrosis and heart disease. With this understanding comes the development of new and improved therapies - the ultimate goal of our researchers. Dalton investigators have earned excellent local, national and international reputations based on their publications, successful acquisition of national grants and presentations at scientific meetings. Dalton partners with many units across the campus. Investigators hold primary academic appointments in one of several colleges on campus.

1-31 Agriculture Bldg. / 573-882-1841 / Director: Robert Sharp

The Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) is a community of MU faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and professionals who are pursuing novel, creative, and transformative ideas in the field of plant biology. Established in 1981, the IPG seeks to encourage interdisciplinary cooperation between scientists engaged in plant molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, evolution, ecology, and computer science. Our aim in integrating these disciplines is to stimulate joint research projects that will enhance our understanding of how plants grow and develop in changing environments.

4011 Discovery Drive / 573-884-6076 / Director: Aaron Ericsson

The MU Metagenomics Center (MUMC) is closely affiliated with the NIH-funded MU Mutant Mouse Resource and Research Center (MMRRC) and Rat Resource and Research Center (RRRC), and is managed and operated by the same team of experts. Drawing on over 100 years of combined experience in translational biomedical research, the MUMC team has the passion and expertise to help you reach your research goals.

205 London Hall / 573-884-2419 / Director: Keith Herman, Wendy Reinke

We are a group of interdisciplinary scholars (faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduates, and undergraduate students), research assistants and associates, fiscal and grant administrative experts, clinicians and teaching faculty who work together to solve big world problems.  Although we each have independent areas of interest, we come together under one umbrella, prevention science, to advance research and improve outcomes.

210 McAlester Hall / 573-882-0426 / Director: Denis McCarthy

The Missouri Center for Addiction Research and Engagement (MO-CARE) is a multi-disciplinary collaboration seeking to better understand and prevent addictive behaviors through research, engagement, and student-training activities. Launched in 2019, MO-CARE coordinates the work of addiction investigators across the University of Missouri System to meet the needs of Missourians affected by addiction through innovative research, enhancing remote access to care and training the next generation of addiction-treatment providers. MO-CARE collaborates with health care providers such as nurses, pharmacists, pain management physicians, and surgeons to better understand addiction processes. These partnerships further lead to wholistic, more precise interventions.

1513 Research Park Drive / 573-882-5346 / Director: J. David Robertson

For more than 50 years the faculty and staff of the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR®) have promoted ground breaking research and developed life-saving radiopharmaceuticals, providing benefits to people across the country and around the world. MURR is the highest-power university research reactor in the United States, operating at 10 megawatts, 6.5 days a week and 52 weeks a year. The MURR facility enables research across many disciplines – From investigating ancient cultures and how plants respond to their environment, to analyzing industrial materials and developing radiopharmaceuticals that have lifesaving clinical applications, the MURR facility is a reliable resource for researchers, scientists, engineers and students across the country.

4011 Discovery Drive / 573-884-6076 / Director: Craig Franklin

The primary function of the MMRRC is to supply biomedical investigators with the mouse models, embryonic stem cells, related reagents, and protocols they require for their research. The MMRRC provides a unique repository service to the biomedical community by importing, storing and distributing a vast number of mutant mouse strains; as well as performing research that improves the function of the Resource Center.

920 E. Campus Drive / 573-882-6414 / Director: Randy Prather

The National Swine Resource and Research Center (NSRRC) was established in 2003 to develop the infrastructure to ensure that biomedical investigators across a variety of disciplines have access to critically needed swine models of human health and disease. The NSRRC will also serve as a central resource for reagents, a creation of new genetically modified swine, and information and training related to use of swine models in biomedical research.

NextGen Center for Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases

9251 S. Tom Bass Road / 371 Bond Life Sciences Center / 573-882-6664 / Director: Xiu-Feng "Henry" Wan

The mission of the NextGen Center for Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases is to develop and apply systems biology-based translational approaches to counteract influenza and emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases. The center includes a facility to study influenza, infectious disease transmission and vaccinology using various animal models, especially swine. This facility is equipped to test vaccine efficacy under a wide range of humidity and temperature parameters, mimicking important transmission conditions.

1030 Hitt St., Columbia, MO 65201 / 573-882-8571 / Director: Richard J. Barohn, MD

NextGen Precision Health unites the University of Missouri System's four public research universities, University of Missouri Health Care, MU Extension and private partners toward a single goal: precision health solutions for society's toughest diseases. 

The newly opened Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building will accelerate innovations in precision health care for Missourians and the world.

Room S117, 4011 Discovery Drive / 573-884-6076 / Director: Elizabeth Bryda

The primary function of the RRRC is to supply biomedical investigators with the rat models, embryonic stem cells, related reagents, protocols and specialized services they require for their research. The RRRC provides a unique repository service to the biomedical community by importing, storing and distributing a vast number of rat strains; as well as performing research that improves the function of the Resource Center.  In addition to repository, cryostorage and distribution functions, the RRRC can facilitate acquisition of rat strains from other international repositories as well as provide specialized services, consultation and technical training to investigators using rat models.