George Mason University

Health and Biomedical


In partnership with area health systems and support from leading organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, Mason is quickly becoming a focal point for health and biomedical research and development. Researchers from across the university are working to find advanced diagnostics and treatments for cancer, HIV, heart disease, and other life-threatening illnesses.

Reflective of the university’s strong commitment to biomedical research and biotechnology is the recent launch of the $40 million, 75-000-square-foot Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research. The multidisciplinary center will bring together researchers from across the university to work collaboratively in pursuing some of the toughest medical questions facing society.


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    Center for Applied Proteonomics and Molecular Medicine

    CAPMM scientists identify and decode messages hidden inside the human proteome that are critical links to early disease detection and patient-tailored treatment. Researchers aim to create strategies for disease prevention, early diagnosis, and individualized therapy.

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  • Center for Neural Informatics, Structures, and Plasticity

    CN3 provides opportunities for cross-training in neuroscience, psychology, and engineering, both at the graduate and postdoctoral levels. Researchers investigate the relationship between brain structure, activity, and function from the subcellular to the network level.

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  • Center for the Study of Chronic Metabolic Diseases

    One of the CSCMD's primary goals is to develop a set of user-friendly bioinformatic tools and comprehensive databases to search for biomarkers, then design targeted drugs to treat chronic diseases, such as obesity.

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  • Center for the Study of Genomics in Liver Diseases

    The Center uses advances in microarray technology and the human genome map to find the genomic basis of diseases of the liver. The facility is in state-of-the-art research laboratories equipped with DNA sequencers, microarray printers, real-time PCR and fluorescent microarray scanners.  

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  • MicroBiome Analysis Center

    The MBAC is working to map the living quarters of the bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa that live within us. Their effect on human health will be a major focus of research, with investigators exploring microbial imbalances on or within the gut, mouth, respiratory tract and urinary and reproductive systems. 

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  • National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases

    The goal of the NCBID is to fight biological terrorism and its threat to national and international security. Areas of study include the spread of infectious diseases, attributable, in part, to our increasingly mobile international society.


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