Center for Plant Cell Biology



The Center for Plant Cell Biology at the University of California, Riverside

As part of the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology at the University of California, Riverside, the Center for Plant Cell Biology addresses significant questions in plant biology on a molecular level to meet such global challenges as improved nutrition, increased crop yield, resistance to pests, sustainable biofuels, and environmental conservation. To accomplish this, the Center engages its world-class researchers, the scientific community, and industry in interdisciplinary research, employing the latest advances in computation biology, engineering, chemical genomics, proteomics, microscopy and bioinformatics.

The Center synergizes UCR's existing strengths in botany and plant sciences, in part by providing an infrastructure that promotes interdisciplinary research and interaction among researchers. The emerging experimental paradigm for addressing biological issues is systems-based research, which uses new approaches in computational biology and engineering to advance knowledge gained at the gene level into an understanding of how organisms function as biological machines. To support this work, CEPCEB has developed technology cores in cutting-edge disciplines: microscopy/imaging, bioinformatics, and proteomics. In addition, CEPCEB has initiated high-throughput methods to identify and characterize bioactive compounds from chemical libraries that will allow precise temporal and spatial manipulation of specific plant processes. These chemical genomics methods will greatly enhance more traditional genetic approaches and provide exciting new avenues for the advancement of knowledge. Thus, CEPCEB's mission is to unite scientists from diverse disciplines to utilize innovative and integrated approaches that will lead to a comprehensive understanding of the function of proteins and other important molecules within living plant cells, within the context of the whole plant.

Plant Systems Biology

The Center accomplishes this mission by creating teams whose members conduct research using multidisciplinary approaches applied to both model plant systems and important crop plants. Although the Center is nucleated around plant biology, its infrastructure extends into related areas of biological science and other disciplines when appropriate. The interconnection between biology and various disciplines such as applied mathematics, statistics, engineering, physics and chemistry is greatly stimulated as a result of this infrastructure. These connections will open additional exciting new areas for graduate student training.

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Center for Plant Cell Biology
Botany & Plant Sciences Department
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
Fax: (951) 827-5155
E-mail: genomics@ucr.edu