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Research Centers (CBE)
Through collaborative research agreements, graduate students have access to a variety of other facilities on The University of Iowa campus. These include the tissue culture facilities in the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Microbiology, the Large-Scale Fermentation Facility, the Iowa Laser Facility, the High-Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, the Electron Probe Microanalysis and Electron Microscopy Facilities, and the Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Facility. The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering actively promotes multidisciplinary research and provides key leadership in two University of Iowa multidisciplinary centers for biocatalysis and bioprocessing, and for environmental research. These centers offer unique resources for graduate study.
Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing
The Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing fosters research and encourages intellectual interactions and communication between University of Iowa scientists and biotechnology industries. Its primary aims are to attract industrial attention to the state of Iowa and to provide highly educated personnel for biotechnology industries. The center also provides strong input and leadership in strengthening and creating new interdisciplinary academic opportunities at the University.
Faculty scientists from six University departments participate in several general research areas: fundamental properties of biocatalysts, discovery of new biocatalysts, applications of biocata-lysts (synthesis of chemical, biosensing technology, development of bioactive agents), and bioremediation.
The Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research fosters interdisciplinary study of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence the earth's changes and trends. It brings together University specialists in biogeochemical cycles, ecological systems and dynamics, hydrologic and climate systems, and the health sciences to evaluate how global change affects and interacts with the earth's surface processes and with its people, on both global and regional scales.