Centers and Institutes

Biomolecular Sciences Institute

The Institute brings together interdisciplinary and distinguished experts from the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Physics under the College of Arts, Sciences & Education, as well as faculty from the College of Engineering & Computing (Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical & Materials Engineering), College of Medicine (Cellular Biology & Pharmacology and Human & Molecular Genetics), as well as the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work (Environmental and Occupational Health).

Advancing nanotechnology and furthering the fields of cancer biology and neurodegenerative disorders, the institute will provide a source of academic mentorship for undergraduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral students and foster the growth of the newly developed Doctoral Degree in Biochemistry.


Center for Children and Families

The Center for Children and Families (CCF) is a world-class research facility for the advancement of child mental health. The center aims to increase understanding of learning difficulties in children and adolescents and to promote the development of effective treatments and prevention. It provides research-based strategies for families and the professionals who work with them and their children. Developmental science faculty at the center address core research issues in bio-behavioral development and its application to ADHD, autism, child anxiety and depression, positive youth development, perinatal care, and reducing disruptive behaviors in young children. CCF aims to increase knowledge of mental health and learning problems in youth, promote the development of treatment and prevention, and to share this information with professionals in mental health, education and primary care.

CCF Director William Pelham (center) with staff and children at FIU.

Center for Imaging Science

The mystery of the human mind is one of immense complexity. Under the Center for Imaging Science (CIS), Florida International University (FIU), researchers are analyzing brain development, brain function and the neurological basis of behavior. These scientists are investigating possible applications of their pioneering research to advance the treatment of nervous system disorders. They hope to map one of science’s last frontiers – the human brain.

FIU scientists are studying cognitive neuroscience in order to truly understand the organization of the nervous system and its impact on human experience. Because discoveries in this field require exploring ideas that transcend disciplines, they are working to bridge the gap between the physical and behavioral sciences


Center for Women's and Gender Studies

The Center for Women's and Gender Studies, established in 1982, promotes scholarly inquiry related to women and gender. Interdisciplinary courses in Women's and Gender Studies and courses in other disciplines enhance student's knowledge about women, feminism, and the significance of gender in diverse cultures and contexts. The center offers a Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates. Students gain critical thinking skills for analyzing theories regarding women and gender, the relationship between gender and power, and the intersection of gender with sexuality, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, class, age, and ability. From diverse global perspectives, the center fosters intellectual exchange, creative pursuits, and social justice advocacy.

Gloria Steinem with three of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies: (L to R) Founding director Marilyn Hoder-Salmon, Gloria Steinem, former director Suzanna Rose, and current director Yesim Darici. (2nd row) Psychology professors Nadja Shreiber-Compo and Lindsay Malloy

International Forensic Research Institute

The International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) serves local and national law enforcement efforts in the application of scientific principles to the administration of justice. The institute's mission is to conduct original research in forensic science and utilize technologies from other scientific disciplines for use in forensic applications. Providing scientific expertise to the law enforcement and legal community is paramount, as well as continuing educational and advanced training to practicing scientists. IFRI provides undergraduate, master, and doctoral level programs in forensic science.

At work in an IFRI lab

STEM Transformation Institute

The STEM Transformation Institute's broad goal is to institute a premier interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics think-tank at Florida International University and to become a national laboratory for what works in the STEM fields of education. Furthermore, the Institute will build upon national momentum to invest in STEM education while promoting cross-college collaboration.

The Institute will serve as a pillar for FIU's more than 7,500 undergraduate science, math, and engineering majors, while also serving our diverse South Florida community. The STEM Institute will coordinate the Science and Math Education Bachelor of Arts degree programs that are part of FIU's commitment to the Science-Math Teacher Imperative (SMTI) of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.

FIU Physics Professor Laird Kramer, founding director of STEM-TI (second from left), teaches magnetic induction as part of a Modeling Instruction-based course.

Stocker AstroScience Center

The Stocker AstroScience Center is one of FIU’s premier research buildings. Featuring classrooms and research labs, the observatory is capped off by a dome containing a main telescope and a large platform for eight additional telescopes. Made possible by a transformational gift from Dr. Carl Stocker, the Stocker AstroScience Center expands research and educational opportunities for students, while offering community members up-close encounters with the stars through public events.

Dr. Webb in the "Star Trek" inspired control room

Health Behavior Policy

The mission of the Human Behavior and Policy (HBP) is to promote and improve the health of those in our community that are at risk, such as infected individuals, adolescents and families suffering with HIV. The HBP research group has a strong interest in research that makes a difference in improving outcomes that will achieve health equality. Some of the research topics include HIV, alcohol, tobacco and neuroimmunology.

We are dedicated to improving the health and health care of our community through research and research training. As a team, we are committed to addressing the needs of populations that have been disproportionately burdened by the epidemic of HIV, and tobacco or alcohol abuse. The ultimate goal of our research is to create lasting changes in our community through the HBP research initiatives. To achieve this goal we also support the training of new investigators who bring new ideas and help to further expand research programs.