Areas of Research Expertise
Space Exploration and Observation
Arizona is home to world-renowned observatories, state-of-the-art telescopes, and leading university departments and centers carrying out research in astronomy, planetary and space sciences. Our observational, theoretical and space astronomy programs are ranked No. 1 in the country by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL)
The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory is one of the most productive research organizations in the nation and has a worldwide reputation in spacecraft missions, laboratory-based research, theory, and astronomical observations. Recently, LPL led in the Phoenix Mars Mission, which was launched in August 2007 and landed on the polar region of Mars in May, 2008.
The Steward Observatory is one of the world's leading astronomy research organizations and home to the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab, which fabricates the largest telescope mirrors in the world. Steward scientists perform research using expertise ranging from theoretical astrophysics to astrobiology. They are currently building the world's largest telescope and help create major telescopes including Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
Climate, Environmental, Water & Energy Sustainability
As the leading university in the world with expertise in water, The University of Arizona's Water & Environmental Sustainability Program (WESP) is uniquely positioned to use its strengths to support university, industry, and government collaborations in research, technology, education, and outreach to resolve water and environmental resource challenges.
- Water Sustainability Program (WSP)
- School of Natural Resources
- Institute of the Environment
- Biosphere 2
- School of Earth and Environmental Science
- Science & Technology Center for Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas (SAHRA)
- Campus Sustainability
- Engineering School of Sustainable Engineered Systems
Bioscience and Biotechnology
The UA bioresearch program carries out leading edge interdisciplinary research, provides crucial technology platforms and clinical trials infrastructure, and tackles complex and pressing problems of critical importance today. Through its research programs in bioengineering, drug discovery, genome structure and function, quantitative biology, and the neural basis for memory changes, UA scientists address cancer, diabetes, heart, neurological and respiratory diseases, cognition and aging; develop new diagnostic tools; improve yield and nutritional quality of crops; and develop plants as sources of pharmaceuticals.
Listed here are some of the key Research Centers that operate under or collaborate with the University of Arizona College of Science:
Amazon-Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)
Arizona Center for Mathematical Sciences
Arizona Geriatric Education Center
Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants
Arizona Regional Image Archive
Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy
BIO5 Institute For Collaborative Bioresearch
Center for Astronomical Adaptive Optics
Center for Autonomic Computing (CAC)
Center for Consciousness Studies
Climate Dynamics and Hydrometeorology Center (CDHC)
Collaborative Research in the Chemical Sciences
Institute for Planetary Habitability and Sustainability
Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources (IMR)
Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas (SAHRA)