Research Centers

Research Centers

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.

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)  

Arid Lands Information Center  

Arizona Center for Mathematical Sciences  

Arizona Center on Aging  

Arizona Geriatric Education Center  

Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants  

Arizona Regional Image Archive  

Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy  

Arizona Space Grant Program 

BIO5 Institute For Collaborative Bioresearch  

Center for Astronomical Adaptive Optics  

Center for Autonomic Computing (CAC)  

Center for Consciousness Studies  

Center for Insect Science  

Climate Dynamics and Hydrometeorology Center (CDHC) 

Collaborative Research in the Chemical Sciences 

Institute for Planetary Habitability and Sustainability  

Institute of Atmospheric Physics  

Institute of the Environment  

iPlant Collaborative  

Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources (IMR) 

McKnight Brain Institute  

Monsoon Project  

Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas (SAHRA)

Undergraduate Biology Research Program