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Research Centers & Institutes


The University of Houston is home to over 40 research labs, centers, and institutes. These hubs produce a wealth of new information about anything from getting oil out of the ground more efficiently (Institute for Improved Oil Recovery) to encouraging the marketing and medical community to focus on issues affecting health care delivery (Institute for Health Care Marketing).

Many research results and activities at UH have real-world applications. The business community and other contributors are welcome to contact departments and centers to learn more about projects that interest them.




Research Centers
and Institutes

Blakely Advocacy Institute

Catering Research Institute

Center for Advanced Materials

Center for the Americas

Center for Applied Geoscience Excellence
For information call 713-743-9119

Center for Gifted & Talented Education

Center for Immigration Research

Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology

Center for Materials Chemistry

Center for Nanomagnetic Systems

Center for Neuro-Engineering and Cognitive Sciences

Center for Public Policy

Center for Reliability of Ceramics

Center for the Study of African American Culture

Composites Engineering & Applications Center for Petroleum Exploration & Production

Environmental Institute of Houston

Heart and Kidney Institute

Information System Research Center

Institute for Diversity and Cross-Cultural Management

Institute for Health Care Marketing

Institute for Improved Oil Recovery

Institute for Molecular Design

Institute for Multi-Dimensional Air Quality Studies

Institute of Community Health - The ICH is directed by Dr. Ekere James Essien

Institute of Space Systems Operation

Institute for the Study of Political Economy

International Telecommunications Research Institute

Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture

Southwest Public Safety Technology Center

Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston

Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics

Texas Learning and Computation Center

University Research, Engineering and Technology Institute for Intelligent Bio-Nano Materials and Structures for Aerospace Vehicles


Advanced Oxide Materials and Devices Laboratory

Allied Geophysical Laboratories

Applied Electromagnetics Laboratory

Bioinformatics Lab

Biomedical Imaging Lab

Biomedical Optics Laboratory

Cognitive Development Lab

Computational Biomedicine Lab

Computer Graphics and Interactive Media Lab

Computational Physiology Lab

Control and Power Systems Labs

Dynamic Systems and Controls Laboratory

Emotions in Marriage Laboratory

Environmental Engineering Research

Geotechnical and Materials Engineering Research

Heat Transfer and Phase Change Laboratory

HPC Tools Lab

High Performance Systems Lab

High Pressure & Low Temperature Physics Laboratory

HTS Biomagnetic Imaging Laboratory

HTS Device Applications Laboratory

HTS High Frequency Characterization and Biomedical Applications Laboratory

HTS Theoretical Materials Research Laboratory

HTS Thin Film Device Laboratory

HTS Wire and Large Grain Processing Laboratory

Image Processing and Medical Imaging Research Laboratory

Instrumentation Laboratory

Intelligent Sensor Grid and Informatics Research

Laboratory for Innovative Technology in Education

Magnet and High Jc Laboratory

Mass Spectrometry Laboratory

Multiphase Flow and Reaction Engineering Group

Optical Networking Research Lab

Nitride Materials and Devices Laboratory

Ophthalmic Research And Nanotechnology Group

Parallel Software Technologies Lab

Plasma Processing Laboratory

Power Electronics Research Laboratory

Quantitative Imaging Laboratory

Raman & Infrared Research Laboratory

Real-Time Systems Laboratory

Remote Optical Circuits Knowledge

Scanning Probe Microscopy Laboratory

Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory

Speech Research Laboratory

Structural Research Laboratory

Subsurface Sensing

Systems Design Laboratory

TcSUH Materials Processing Laboratory

Well Logging Laboratory

Wireless System Research Lab

More Research Labs & Centers…



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