A Community of Scholars

Collaboration is in our DNA. Many MCB scientists are embedded within the university's research institutes (Beckman, Cancer Center, IGB) and they collaborate with peers in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Grainger College of Engineering, and many other units. A few examples of our partnerships include the following.

collage of research collaborations

Campus partners


Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Researchers at the Beckman Institute lead projects within three themes: molecular science and engineering, integrative imaging, and intelligent systems. Core research facilities include the Biomedical Imaging Center and the Imaging Technology Group, which also includes Beckman's Microscopy Suite and Visualization Laboratory.

Cancer Center at Illinois

The Cancer Center at Illinois brings together cancer biologists, clinicians, engineers, and other specialists to accelerate advances in disease detection, prevention, therapy, and to improve patient quality of life.

Carle Illinois College of Medicine

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine is the world’s first engineering-based medical school. Created in 2015 as a partnership between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health, Carle Illinois is home to more than 600 affiliated clinical and academic faculty members and 160 students.

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB)

IGB is dedicated to transformative research and technology in life sciences. Team-based themes tackle grand societal challenges in food security, energy, health, technology, and environmental conservation. Its facilities include a microfabrication lab, plant growth facility, and a microscopy suite.

Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center

The Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center provides state-of-the art facilities for molecular biology research, including DNA and protein sequencing and oligonucleotide and peptide synthesis, including:

Grainger College of Engineering

The Grainger College of Engineering is home to a number of state-of-the-art research centers, such as the Materials Research Lab, and academic departments, such as Bioengineering and Physics.

Microbial Systems Initiative (MSI)

MSI is a vibrant cross-campus community of microbial sciences researchers who address problems in health, agriculture, energy, and other sectors. The Microbial Early-career Researchers Association (MicroERA) organizes professional development and networking opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

NCSA is a hub for researchers, industry, and students to address complex research problems in science and society.

School of Chemical Sciences

SCS includes the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and facilities such as the Mass Spectrometry Lab.

School of Integrative Biology

SIB is comprised of the Departments of Entomology; Evolution, Ecology and Behavior; and Plant Biology.

A comprehensive list of Illinois Research Institutes and Illinois research centers, institutes, and programs can be found on the Illinois Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation website.



    National Laboratories


    MCB researchers are affiliated with several premiere laboratories, including the following.