Centers, Institutes & Areas of Focus

The Department participates in Research Centers, Institutes and Areas of Focus whose goals are to stimulate collaborative, interdisciplinary basic and applied research at Georgia State University and to accelerate the application of knowledge and technology gained from basic science. All of the centers span departments and institutions.

Research Centers and Institutes


Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN)
The CBN is a consortium of more than 60 researchers at eight Atlanta institutions examining the neural mechanisms underlying complex social behaviors. The social behaviors that are essential for species survival, such as fear, affiliation, aggression, and reproductive behaviors, are the next frontier for neuroscience. The research efforts are complemented by an educational program designed to integrate scientific progress into the curricula of students at all levels.

Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics
The Center’s research goals include developing highly sought-after biomarker-guided therapies and imaging agents, and facilitating the translation of our research discoveries into clinically useful diagnostic/therapeutic tools and agents.

Center for Nano-Optics

Center for Obesity Reversal
The Center for Obesity Reversal at Georgia State University has been established to foster research projects that will help fight and reverse the growing obesity epidemic in the United States and around the world.

Institute for Biomedical Sciences


Language Research Center (LRC)
The LRC is a world renowned primate research facility in Atlanta, Georgia associated with Georgia State University. The LRC specializes in language research with an emphasis on work with bonobos (Pan paniscus) and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).

Center for Neuromics
The Center for Neuromics (CfN) promotes the study of the nervous system using informatics and computational approaches.

 Neuroscience Institute
The institute comprises neuroscience faculty in all departments across the College of Arts and Sciences.

Areas of Focus

Molecular Basis of Disease (MBD) is a program in computational biomedicine that includes faculty in six departments engaged in interdisciplinary research:  Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics and Statistics, and Computer Information Systems.  The program provides both graduate and undergraduate fellowships as well as support for the state-of-the-art facilities in these departments.
Brains & Behavior
Brains & Behavior (B&B) is a multi-departmental umbrella organization that promotes research broadly related to the Neurosciences. It sponsors student fellowships, provides seed grants for research, and promotes collaborations across departments.