Research Facilities and Programs

Yale is among the top universities in receiving research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. It also boasts hundreds of thousands of square feet of research space, much of it in new or newly renovated buildings.  Additionally, Yale has purchased a 136 acre research campus from Bayer Healthcare in neighboring West Haven and is just beginning to expand into the site’s 1.6 million square feet of lab and office space.

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Research Facilities

Yale’s major centralized research facilities include the HHMI Biopolymer/Keck Foundation Biotechnology Laboratory (responsible for the synthesis and analysis of nucleic acids, proteins, and microarrays); two centers for X-ray crystallographic analysis; a center for the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analysis of macromolecules; the Center for Cell Imaging (for electron microscopy, immunocytochemistry, scanning laser confocal microscopy, and high voltage cryo-electron microscopy of macromolecules); and core facilities for the preparation of transgenic animals. Additional specialized techniques and instrumentation are found in numerous individual laboratories and the facilities listed below; all are accessible to BBS students regardless of lab or Track affiliation.

Cell Sorter Facility This resource runs three high-speed cell sorters capable of reading single samples, multi-well plates, and microscopy slides. Staff in the facility even help with experimental design and sample preparation. 

Center for Cellular and Molecular Imaging CCMI offers access to and assistance with numerous imaging techniques including confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, cryo-electron microscopy, and macromolecular X-Ray crystallography.

Center for Medical Informatics The Center applies computational methods to medicine and biomedical research and provides support to numerous projects at Yale and the adjacent Yale-New Haven Hospital. The Center is very active in the training of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics students.

Center for Genome Analysis Another new service at West Campus, the Center for Genome Analysis provides ultraspeed high-throughput sequencing of samples for Yale researchers.

HHMI Biopolymer/Keck Foundation Biotechnology Lab From bioinformatics data analysis to DNA sequencing, from microarray reading to peptide synthesis, the Keck facility offers an extensive range of genomic and proteomic services to Yale scientists.

Magnetic Resonance Research Center The MRRC provides the facilities and expertise required to use MRI in basic science research, such as functional imaging of the brain and energy metabolism in diabetes.

Positron Emission Tomography Research Center The 22,000 sq. ft. PET Research Center not only houses state-of-the art imaging facilities for viewing organ function but also provides training opportunities to students interested in incorporating PET into their research.

Richards Center for Structural Biology The CSB is home to X-ray crystallography equipment and computational tools for macromolecular structure determination.

Small Molecule Discovery Center This new center at West Campus helps faculty and students design high-tech screens to discover small bioactive molecules.

The Anlyan Center fir Medical ResearchThe Anlyan Center for Medical Research and Education. The Anlyan Center, the single most expensive undertaking in the history of Yale, has increased laboratory space at the School of Medicine by 25 percent. 

Research Programs

Many BBS students will work on projects that reside within one of several new or existing research programs, including those highlighted below. Note that these are not Ph.D. training programs but rather are multi-million dollar interdisciplinary research endeavors involving numerous researchers, including BBS faculty, BBS students, and clinicians.

Cancer Center In conjunction with the brand new Smilow Cancer Hospital (opening late 2009), the Cancer Center seeks to study cancer from every angle and treat its various forms using cutting edge procedures and medications. Genetics, genomics, signal transduction, virology, and immunotherapy are some of the major research areas within the Center.

Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair The CNNR conducts research on neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and seeks therapeutic interventions for these conditions.

Human Translational Immunology HTI faculty investigate the immunological components of a very wide range of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and asthma, to name a few. The overall goal of HTI is to translate basic science discoveries into new treatments for disorders of the immune system.

Molecular Virology The Molecular Virology Program studies viral biology, investigates the role of viruses in various diseases, looks for novel antiviral treatments, and offers interdisciplinary training in virology.

Stem Cell Center The Stem Cell Center investigates the development, genetics, and function of stem cells and looks for stem cell therapies for several disease states and injuries.

Vascular Biology and Therapeutics Program The VBT Program aligns vascular biologists with medical doctors to advance the understanding and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.