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Centers and Special Initiatives

The CMI houses several faculty-driven research centers as part of its mission to support cutting-edge research for the benefit of human and animal health. While each center is also housed within one or more of the CMI’s four research focus areas, members from all relevant fields are encouraged to get involved.

Five Faculty Cluster Hire in Translational Predictive Biology

A collaboration between the Chancellor Faculty Excellence Program (CFEP),  the College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Engineering, the College of Sciences and the Comparative Medicine Institute has led to an initiative to hire five faculty positions in the area of translational predictive biology. Areas of interest cover, data analytics/artificial intelligence, organoid biology, drug/biotherapeutics delivery, organ-on-a-chip, and organismal physiology. These faculty, together with other NC State faculty, will be the founding members of the Center for Translational Predictive Biology, and will play a central role in developing the vision and mission of this new center.

Musculoskeletal Initiative

Dr. Matthew Fisher leads the Musculoskeletal Initiative.  He is an Associate Professor in the joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill.  His long-research goal is to utilize quantitative metrics and engineering principles to understand why individual tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches succeed within the body and to employ this knowledge to develop superior technologies, with a strong focus on orthopaedic soft tissues.” This initiative will strengthen ties among musculoskeletal researchers across campus that will lead to advances in basic science, clinical care, and commercial translation related to these important tissues.

Center for Advanced Virus Experimentation (CAVE)

CAVE is housed within Emerging & Infectious Diseases, and focuses on finding, testing and producing novel antiviral methods to prevent future pandemics and control diseases such as SARS-CoV-2.

Center for Food Allergy Modeling in Pigs (CFAMP)

CFAMP, part of Translational Pharmacology & Physiology, studies food allergies using pigs as large animal models. It uses these models to address key issues associated with human food allergy.