Campus Labs and Departments

Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI)

HWNI is an active, collaborative research community that investigates fundamental questions about how the brain functions. Using approaches from many disciplines (including biophysics, chemistry, cognitive science, computer science, genetics, mathematics, molecular and cell biology, physics, and physiology), they seek to understand how the brain generates behavior and cognition and how to better understand, diagnose, and treat neurological disorders.

Henry H. Wheeler, Jr. Brain Imaging Center (BIC)

BIC is one of four technology centers established under the auspices of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. It is a campus-wide resource that supports advance brain-imaging technologies dedicated solely to basic brain research.

i4Energy Center

i4Energy is a vibrant community of researchers and innovators rooted in its three founding institutions: the University of California’s Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, the California Institute for Energy and Environment, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. With partners in industry and government, this powerful research collaboration is focused on creating an integrated information infrastructure that will transform our energy grid into a cooperative, “aware” energy network that is both efficient and able to use sustainable energy sources.

Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI)

JBEI is one of three Bioenergy Research Centers created by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2007 to advance the development of biofuels—liquid fuels derived from the solar energy stored in plant biomass that can replace gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels. JBEI is a multi-institutional partnership that is led by the Berkeley Lab and includes the Sandia National Laboratories, the University of California campuses of Berkeley and Davis, the Carnegie Institution for Science, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Joint Genome Institute (JGI)

The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) JGI is to advance genomics in support of the DOE missions related to clean energy generation and environmental characterization and cleanup. Supported by the DOE Office of Science, the DOE JGI unites the expertise of five national laboratories—the Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and Pacific Northwest—along with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. JGI is operated by the University of California for the U.S. DOE and the facility provides integrated high-throughput sequencing and computational analysis that enable systems-based scientific approaches to these challenges.

Molecular Foundry

The Molecular Foundry is a nanoscience user facility located at the Berkeley Lab. It is a critical part of the Department of Defense's National Nanotechnology Initiative, a multi-agency framework designed to improve human health, economic well-being, and national security through leadership in nanotechnology. The Foundry supports broad nanoscience research efforts in both "hard" nanomaterials (nanocrystals, tubes, and lithographically patterned structures) and "soft" nanomaterials (polymers, dendrimers, DNA, proteins, and whole cells) as well as in the design, fabrication, and study of multi-component, complex, functional assemblies of such materials.

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)

NERSC, a division of the Berkeley Lab, is the primary scientific computing facility for the Office of Science in the U.S. Department of Energy. As one of the largest facilities in the world devoted to providing computational resources and expertise for basic scientific research, NERSC is a world leader in accelerating scientific discovery through computation.

Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC)

The National Nuclear Security Administration awarded $25 million to UC Berkeley to lead NSSC, a multi-institution consortium that will support the nation’s nuclear nonproliferation mission through the training and education of experts in the nuclear security field. 

Radio Astronomy Laboratory (RAL)

RAL was created in 1958 to foster research in radio astronomy, a discipline that naturally extends beyond the borders of traditional academic departments at Berkeley. Over the years, faculty and graduate students from the astronomy, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and computer science, and geology and geophysics departments have made use of the RAL's facilities.

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