Centers, Institutes & Laboratories

Innovative thinking by our top researchers has lead to the creation of many departmental and college centers and institutes across campus. The following is a partial list of center, institutes and laboratories as reported by our faculty. If any have been omitted, please notify Jennifer Holle to update this list.

College of Science

Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies

  • Office: 612 Blocker Building
  • Phone: 979-862-3982
  • Director: Michael Hall
  • Purpose: Established to recognize, help develop, and coordinate the various telecommunications and information technology efforts and expertise at Texas A&M.
  • Website: academy.tamu.edu

ADVANCE Center for Women Faculty

  • Office: 529 Blocker Building
  • Phone: 979-845.1235
  • Director: Christine Kaunas
  • Purpose: The Mission of the ADVANCE Center for Women Faculty is to transform Texas A&M University by enhancing and sustaining gender equity and improving representation of women faculty in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The goals of the Center are to improve the workplace climate for women STEM faculty, promote women STEM faculty to higher ranks and to administration, recruit the next generation of women STEM academicians, increase retention of women STEM faculty, and institutionalize activities that prove to increase gender equity.
  • Website: advance.tamu.edu


  • Office: 514 Blocker Building
  • Phone: 979-845-7361
  • Director: Jennifer Whitfield
  • Purpose: aggieTEACH is an undergraduate secondary math and science teacher preparation program that produces highly-qualified, highly-effective STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teachers. The aggieTEACH program focuses on students who are interested in obtaining both a STEM degree, typically biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics, and a secondary math or science teaching certification in the traditional four-year, 120 hour undergraduate bachelor's degree. aggieTEACH students are placed in local school districts as early as their freshman year and are mentored by some of the area's best secondary STEM teachers. The aggieTEACH program offers additional opportunities such as STEM teaching seminars, advising sessions, and scholarships. The most prestigious scholarship is the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program where students can receive up to $10,000 per year in funding.
  • Website: aggieteach.tamu.edu

Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE)

  • Office: 517 Blocker Building
  • Phone: 979-845-7361
  • Director: Timothy Scott
  • Purpose: To provide and promote resources that will enhance mathematics and science education at all levels. To this end, the center offers these services: curriculum development, staff development program consultants, coordination of professional activities, research design and assistance, assistance in the preparation of proposals, conferences, workshops and seminars, teacher recognition, and communications and news.
  • Website: cmse.tamu.edu

Cyclotron Institute

  • Office: 245 Luedecke Cyclotron
  • Phone: 979-845-1411
  • Director: Sherry Yennello
  • Purpose: As a Department of Energy (DOE) University facility jointly supported by the State of Texas, the Cyclotron Institute is a major technical and educational resource for Texas A&M. The Institute provides the primary infrastructure for graduate programs in nuclear chemistry and nuclear physics. Programs focus on conducting basic research, educating students in accelerator-based science and technology, and providing technical capabilities for application in space science, materials science, analytical procedures, and nuclear medicine.
  • Website: cyclotron.tamu.edu

George P. & Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

  • Office: Mitchell Institute for Physics & Astronomy
  • Phone: 979-845-7793
  • Director: Bhaskar Dutta
  • Purpose: To explore and advance the understanding of theoretical high-energy physics, astroparticle physics, and cosmology; to conduct research in string theory, M-theory, and particle phenomenology; and to explore the interface with observation in particle physics and cosmology.
  • Website: mitchell.physics.tamu.edu

Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (IAMCS)

  • Office: 513 Blocker Building
  • Phone: 979-845-8322
  • Director: Raymond Carroll
  • Purpose: The Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (IAMCS) is a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary computational research base with a robust infrastructure that enables large-scale scientific computation research, advanced multidisciplinary learning and education, and a large number of applications in diverse areas of science and engineering of interest to Texas, Saudi Arabia and the world.
  • Website: iamcs.tamu.edu/

Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering (IQSE)

  • Office: 301C Doherty Building
  • Phone: 979-845-1534
  • Director: Marlan Scully
  • Purpose: Based on research concerning quantum physics and engineering across Texas A&M, the institute focuses on the study of new lasers from short-wavelength to high-power, quantum computing, advanced optical materials with applications in lithography and ultrafast signal processing, remote sensing from ocean temperature to sensors for nitric oxide, and nonlinear optics.
  • Website: iqse.tamu.edu/

Institute for Scientific Computation

  • Office: 612 Blocker Building
  • Phone: 979-862-2716
  • Director: Yalchin Efendiev
  • Purpose: The Institute for Scientific Computation (ISC) is a multidisciplinary research center devoted to the design, analysis and implementation of innovative computational tools to advance scientific and engineering research and education.
  • Website: www.isc.tamu.edu

Department of Biology

BioAquatics Facility

Center for Biological Clocks Research

Gene Technologies Laboratory (part of IDMB)

  • Office: 437 Biological Sciences Bldg. West
  • Phone: 979-845-9844
  • Director: Timothy Hall
  • Purpose: The Gene Technologies Laboratory (GTL) is a second generation CORE facility. Its predecessor, the Advanced DNA Technologies Laboratory, was established in 1984 to facilitate DNA sequencing and DNA synthesis. The GTL is a non-profit, core facility supported by the TAMU Department of Biology and the Institute of Developmental and Molecular Biology.
  • Website: www.idmb.tamu.edu/gtl/

Institute of Developmental and Molecular Biology (IDMB)

  • Office: 403 Biological Sciences Bldg. West
  • Phone: 979-845-7728
  • Director: Timothy Hall
  • Purpose: Provides state-of-the-art equipment and services to the Texas A&M research and teaching community through its component laboratories: the Gene Technologies Laboratory; Biological Imaging Laboratory; and the Rice Biotechnology Laboratory. The IDMB hosts researchers from other institutions interested in developmental and molecular biology, especially related to transgenic rice, and the role of chromatin in gene expression and gene silencing.
  • Website: www.idmb.tamu.edu

Real Time Imaging Labs: Cell Physiology and Molecular Imaging

  • Office: 017 Biological Sciences Bldg. West
  • Phone: 979-862-2819
  • Director: Mark Zoran
  • Purpose: The Real Time Imaging Lab provides investigators with optical and imaging equipment for quantitative analysis of cellular physiology and gene expression. This includes: 1. Facilities for visualization and digital image capture of cellular events (e.g., intracellular signaling, gene expression, cell division, cell growth), 2. Facilities for the detection of gene expression reporters in real-time, and 3. Facilities for the analysis and archiving of real-time imaging data files. The purpose of the Shared Instrumentation Lab is also to acquire new optical technologies and real-time approaches for the analysis of clock-components and/or clock-controlled cellular events.
  • Website: www.bio.tamu.edu/bsif/coreB.htm

Rice Biotechnology Laboratory (part of IDMB)

Shared Instrumentation Facility

  • Office: 017 Biological Sciences Bldg. West
  • Phone: 979-845-0663
  • Director: Terry Thomas
  • Purpose: The Shared Instrumentation Facility of the Department of Biology at Texas A&M University combines the equipment and human resources in the areas of real time imaging and functional genomics to assist researchers in cellular and molecular data acquisition and analysis.
  • Website: www.bio.tamu.edu/bsif/

Department of Chemistry

Center for Biological Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

  • Office: 1223 Chemistry Building
  • Phone: 979-845-3373
  • Director: Frank Raushel
  • Purpose: The study of metabolic processes and enzyme mechanisms using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).

Center for Chemical Characterization and Analysis (CCCA)

Center for Electrochemical Systems and Hydrogen Research

  • Office: 2503 Chemistry Building
  • Phone: 979-845-4034
  • Director: Hong-Cai Zhou
  • Purpose: To address fundamental scientific issues related to renewable and environmentally benign energy sources via advanced research on solar power, hydrogen storage, batteries and fuel cells.

Center for Surface Science and Catalysis

  • Office: 2119 Chemistry Building
  • Phone: 979-458-2965
  • Director: James Batteas
  • Purpose: Organized for the purpose of studying the fundamental chemistry of processes that occur at the solid-gas and solid-liquid interface.

Elemental Analysis Laboratory

  • Office: G12 Teague Research Center
  • Phone: 979-845-2341
  • Director: Emile Schweikert
  • Purpose: Provides research support in the area of elemental and trace analysis as well as service analyses to TAMU users, other university and government agencies and private industry.
  • Website: www.chem.tamu.edu/eal/

Laboratory for Biological Mass Spectroscopy (LBMS)

  • Office: 1022 Chemistry Building
  • Phone: 979-845-3345
  • Director: David Russell
  • Purpose: Provides expertise in mass spectrometry to all TAMU research activities. This includes the analysis of organic compounds ranging from small molecules to large biological molecules including proteins, DNA, RNA, and natural products.
  • Website: mass-spec.tamu.edu/

Laboratory for Molecular Simulation

  • Office: 2109 Chemistry Building
  • Phone: 979-845-9384
  • Director: Michael Hall
  • Purpose: Brings molecular modeling and computational chemistry closer to the experimental scientist by offering advanced training and assistance to those who already use these tools in their research, and beginning training to those who have not yet used them. Advanced modeling software is available to use mathematical methods to calculate the properties of individual molecules, solids, and liquids.
  • Website: lms.chem.tamu.edu/

Laboratory for Molecular Structure and Bonding

Natural Products LINCHPIN Laboratory

  • Office: 304 Chemistry Building
  • Phone: 979-845-9571
  • Director: Daniel Romo
  • Purpose: Provides a unique Collaboration Center for investigators, both local and international, interested in natural and unnatural organic compounds displaying anticancer and other biological activities pertinent to human health. The staff has expertise in novel methods for derivatization (for mechanism of action studies), chemical synthesis, purification, and characterization of natural products with potential as drug leads. Other capabilities include lead optimization, synthesis scale-up of promising lead compounds, and assistance with purification and characterization of natural products from crude or semi-purified extracts.
  • Website: linchpin.tamu.edu/

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory (NMR)

  • Office: 2208 Chemistry Building
  • Phone: 979-845-9166
  • Director: Daniel Singleton
  • Purpose: The NMR Facility includes 9 superconducting spectrometer systems and 3 full time staff positions to support them with maintenance, user training, and spectroscopic service. Although this facility is physically housed within the Chemistry Department, it provides services to the entire campus community.
  • Website: nmr.tamu.edu/

X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory

  • Office: 406 Chemistry Building
  • Phone: 979-845-5417
  • Director: Donald Darensbourg
  • Purpose: To provide x-ray diffraction analysis to the Texas A&M University System. Our main focus is to determine molecular structure from single-crystal samples and to perform high resolution x-ray powder diffraction. We provide services to outside users on a collaborative basis.
  • Website: xray.tamu.edu/

Department of Mathematics

Center for Approximation Theory (CAT)

  • Office: 302 Milner Hall
  • Phone: 979-845-7369
  • Director: Francis Narcowich
  • Purpose: The research interests of the center members cover a wide range of topics. The thrust of current research is in the areas of splines, computer aided geometric design (CAGD), radial basis functions and wavelets. The research interests of the center members cover a wide range of topics. The thrust of current research is in the areas of splines, computer aided geometric design (CAGD), radial basis functions and wavelets.
  • Website: www.math.tamu.edu/research/groups/CAT/

Center for Technology-Mediated Learning in Mathematics

  • Office: 116A Milner Hall
  • Phone: 979-845-7950
  • Director: G. Donald Allen
  • Purpose: The Center for Technology-Mediated Learning in Mathematics (1) focuses on educational methods for using technology effectively in the classroom, (2) conducts scientifically based research on technology efficacy, (3) disseminates instructional materials, best teaching practices, and modern methodologies for using technology to teach mathematics, and (4) provides a center within Texas A&M for PreK-16 mathematical outreach within the State of Texas.

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Center for Theoretical Physics

  • Office: 301C Doherty Building
  • Phone: 979-845-1534
  • Director: Marlan Scully
  • Purpose: Conducts research that is fundamental in nature and aimed at building a theoretical framework which will assist in our understanding of condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, high energy physics, atomic physics, quantum optics, and atmospheric physics.

Department of Statistics

Bayesian Bioinformatics Lab

  • Office: 459B Blocker Building
  • Phone: 979-845-1275
  • Director: Bani Mallick
  • Purpose: Focused on research and development of Bayesian modeling and computational tools for the rapidly emerging fields of Bioinformatics, discipline which deals with the analysis of data generated by high-throughput techniques in genomics, molecular and cellular biology. In particular, the lab has extensive publications in analysis of gene expression data, proteomic data and protein structure determination.
  • Website: www.stat.tamu.edu/~bmallick/Bayeslab/

Center for Statistical Bioinformatics

  • Office: 447 Blocker Building
  • Phone: 979-845-5528
  • Director: Bani Mallick
  • Purpose: To develop and promote the use of modern statistical methodology in genomics, with special focus on microarray studies, proteomics, statistical genetics and molecular biology.
  • Website: statbio.stat.tamu.edu

Affiliated with College of Science

Center for Atmospheric Chemistry and the Environment

  • Purpose: The mission of the Center for Atmospheric Chemistry and the Environment is to provide the highest quality information based on laboratory, field and calculation relevant to sustaining our environment and maintaining air quality.
  • Website: cace.tamu.edu

Center for Environmental and Rural Health

  • Purpose: The mission of the Center for Environmental and Rural Health is to foster and promote basic and applied science programs focusing on the impact of environmental factors on human health, particularly as it relates to rural communities.
  • Website: cerh.tamu.edu


  • Purpose: Texas A&M University and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Technologia signed a five-year agreement of cooperation in higher education an research in April 2001; the agreement emphasizes joint programs including collaborative research programs, faculty and researcher exchanges, non-degree student training, graduate student education, and post-graduate student certification.
  • Website: conacyt.tamu.edu

Council of Principal Investigators

  • Purpose: CPI consists of individuals elected to represent Principal Investigators from each Texas A&M college and from various Texas A&M System agencies; the council is committed to the continued improvement of the research and graduate studies environment at Texas A&M University.
  • Website: cpi.tamu.edu

Geochemical and Environmental Research Group

  • Purpose: This group supports the College of Geosciences and Maritime studies through an emphasis on applied oceanographic, geochemical, and environmental research.
  • Website: gerg.tamu.edu

Institute of Plant Genomics and Biochemistry

  • Purpose: The mission of the Institute for Plant Genomics & Biotechnology is to develop plant biotechnology, genomics, and related life science technologies and to foster technology utilization and crop improvement through multidisciplinary research activities on model plant systems, field, forest, and horticultural crops
  • Website: ipgb.tamu.edu

Institute of Renewable Natural Resources

  • Purpose: The purpose of the IRNR is to coordinate, strengthen and integrate inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to renewable natural resource issues by providing a forum for quality research, teaching, and extension programs to explore the structure, function, and sustainable use of renewable natural resources in Texas, the nation, and the world.
  • Website: irnr.tamu.edu

Materials Characterization Facility

  • Purpose: To support the research efforts of the TAMU materials science and engineering community. The facility is an integral part of the the Center for Integrated Microchemical Systems (CIMS) and receives funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Engineering (TEES), and the College of Science. The MCF houses the fabrication and characterization instrumentation essential for the development, understanding and study of new materials and devices.
  • Website: mcf.tamu.edu/

Michael E. Debakey Institute

  • Purpose: At the Michael E. DeBakey Institute for Comparative Cardiovascular Science and Biomedical Devices, cardiovascular scientists, engineers, and clinicians from Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Medicine and the UT Medical School in Houston have joined forces to fight cardiovascular disease in both human and veterinary patients.
  • Website: vetmed.tamu.edu/debakeyinstitute

Microscopy and Imaging Center

  • Purpose: Our mission is to provide current and emerging technologies for teaching and research involving microscopy and imaging in Life and Physical Sciences on the Texas A&M campus and beyond, training and support services for microscopy, sample preparation, in situ elemental/molecular analyses, as well as digital image analysis and processing. Our affiliated Materials Characterization Facility provides acess to additional instrumentation and expertise.
  • Website: microscopy.tamu.edu/

National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense

  • Purpose: This integrated, full-spectrum center protects America from exotic and engineered animal diseases that threaten public health and economic stability.
  • Website: fazd.tamu.edu/

Nuclear Science Center

  • Purpose: The Nuclear Science Center is a multidisciplinary research and education center supporting basic and applied research in nuclear-related fields of science and technology and providing educational opportunities for students in these fields as a service to Texas and the Texas A&M University System.
  • Website: nscr.tamu.edu

Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute

  • Purpose: The Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) is a university-based entity that focuses on graduate education, research, and service on a variety of topics related to the safeguarding of nuclear materials and the reduction of nuclear threats
  • Website: nsspi.tamu.edu

Nuclear Solutions Institute

  • Purpose: To provide an organizational structure through which scientists, engineers and social scientists will be able to stregthn interdisciplinary collaborative research that will impact societal, technological and fundamental science issues for the nuclear era.
  • Website: nsi.tamu.edu

Offshore Technology Research Center

  • Purpose: The Offshore Technology Research Center (OTRC) is a graduated National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center supporting the offshore oil and gas industry.
  • Website: otrc.tamu.edu

Polymer Technology Center

  • Purpose: The Polymer Technology Center at Texas A&M University encompasses faculty members from chemistry, chemical engineering, civil engineering, engineering technology & industrial distribution, and mechanical engineering whose research topics are in the area of polymers and plastics.
  • Website: ptc.tamu.edu

Protein Chemistry Laboratory

  • Purpose: This core research facility was established to support research in protein chemistry and molecular biology in the Texas A&M University System and to provide state-of-the-art instrumentation and technical expertise for the application of modern molecular biological tecnologies.
  • Website: www.tamupcl.com

Sustainable Enterprise Institute

  • Purpose: The institute will focus on systems for municipal, industrial and agricultural purposes, including water treatment, reuse and recycle; water quality of streams and aquifers; water-related environmental resources; flooding; and urban storm water drainage.

Texas Center for Applied Technology

  • Purpose: Over the past eleven years, TCAT has concentrated on the development of value-added solutions for critical needs of communities, the State of Texas, the Nation and the world.
  • Website: tcat.tamu.edu

Texas Institute for Intelligent Bio-Nano Materials and Structure for Aerospace Vehicles

  • Purpose: NASA has chosen Texas A&M University to lead the Texas Institute of Intelligent Bio-Nano Materials and Structures for Aerospace Vehicles (TiiMS), bringing together some of the top researchers in Texas and the world - including a Nobel laureate and several members of the National Academies - in biotechnology, nanotechnology, biomaterials and aerospace engineering to develop the next generation of bio-nano materials and structures for aerospace vehicles.
  • Website: tiims.tamu.edu

Texas Transportation Institute

  • Purpose: The mission of the Institute is to engage in research pertaining to all forms of transportation - including all phases of activities concerned with the movement of people, goods, and services - and to identify and help solve major state and national transportation problems.
  • Website: tti.tamu.edu

Texas Water Resources Institute

  • Purpose: The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) sponsors four competitive grant programs and works to help Texas A&M scientists obtain major external grant funding.
  • Website: twri.tamu.edu
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