Research Centers

The University of Rochester's success in research excellence is demonstrated through its plethora of research centers. Many undergraduate and graduate students work intimately with dedicated faculty and staff to continue innovation and learning. To learn more about undergraduate opportunities visit the undergraduate research website. Graduate students who are interested in specific research opportunities should speak with their graduate advisor.

University of Rochester Centers

Please visit each research center's website for more information.

  • A tank used to measure the acoustic field of an ultrasound transducer.

    Center for Biomedical Ultrasound (RCBU)

    RCBU laboratories are advancing the use of ultrasound in clinical diagnosis and discovering new therapeutic applications of ultrasound in medicine and biology through the collaborative expertise of engineers, physicians, basic scientists, and clinicians.

    Visit the Biomedical Ultrasound Website
  • A table displaying lenses and cylinders.

    Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS)

    CEIS promotes economic development in the greater Rochester region across the state. The center primarily focuses on supporting optics, photonics, and imaging, and creates pathways for university researchers to directly collaborate with local industries.

    Visit the CEIS Website
  • A portable device designed to perform optical biopsies.

    Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO)

    CeFO is a joint industry-government-University cooperative research center where research is done in a pre-competitive environment. This collaboration allows the center to create compact, affordable, and performant optical systems.

    Visit the Freeform Optics Website
  • A flash simulation on an oversized screen.

    Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures (CMAP)

    An NSF Physics Frontiers Center, the Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures brings together researchers from MIT, Princeton, the Universities of California at Berkeley and Davis, the University at Buffalo, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

    Visit the CMAP Website
  • A sample in a cuvette being placed in a zetasizer.

    Center for Medical Technology and Innovation (CMTI)

    Integrated into our evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem, CMTI provides a collaborative environment between the Medical Center, the Hajim School, and industry partners—facilitating the translation of multidisciplinary research to product development to improve patient care.

    Visit the CMTI Website
  • A student testing LEDs lining a loudspeaker array.

    Center for Visual Science (CVS)

    Researchers in the Center for Visual Science are at the forefront in developing advanced scientific techniques with the conviction that progress in vision science requires the coordinated efforts of scientists with very different skills.

    Visit the CVS Website
  • A view of a supercomputer in a data storage center.

    Center of Excellence (CoE) in Data Science

    The Center of Excellence in Data Science supports New York businesses through data science methods and tools that solve challenges and deliver critical insights. It is funded by NYSTAR and housed in the Goergen Institute for Data Science.

    Visit the CoE Website
  • A computer screen displaying lines of code.

    Goergen Institute for Data Science (GIDS)

    GIDS is the center for interdisciplinary data science research at the University of Rochester. GIDS brings faculty from across the University of Rochester together with the common goal of pursuing interdisciplinary data science research opportunities.

    Visit the Data Science Website
  • An illustration of matter in outer space.

    Institute for Matter at Extreme Energy Density (IMAXED)

    The institute is dedicated to the study of fundamental and applied High-Energy-Density science, including undergraduate and graduate coursework and experimental and theoretical research.

    Visit the IMAXED Website
  • A close up of a Dilution refrigerator.

    Integrated Nanosystems Center (URnano)

    The Integrated Nanosystems Center offers a unique set of nanofabrication tools for lithography, deposition, etch and characterization. URnano also offers training for faculty, students, and outside researchers to become certified in the use of these tools.

    Visit the URnano Website
  • A view of the inside of the Omega laser.

    Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)

    As a center for the investigation of the interaction of intense radiation with matter, LLE is a unique national resource for research and education in the science and technology of fusion energy, laser materials and technologies, and high-energy-density phenomena.

    Visit the LLE Website
  • A 3D printed vertebrae and spinal discs.

    UR Health Lab

    The UR Health Lab is a multidisciplinary collaboration that leverages cloud-based computing and analytics, multifunction sensors, 3D imaging and modeling, and virtual and augmented reality technologies to solve modern day challenges in medicine.

    Visit the UR Health Lab