Major Research Centers
Our research mission is to produce science that enhances society, creates clear career pathways for students, and enhances economic development in the region and the nation.
Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM)
The Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM) creates new technologies and make basic science discoveries in the field of disease pathogenesis
Apply these discoveries and technologies to create and implement strategies for disease prevention, early diagnosis and individualized therapy. The primary emphasis of our disease research is cancer, but new technologies developed in the center are being applied to a number of important human diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity, as well as liver, ocular, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases.
CAPMM scientists identify and decode the cryptic messages hidden deep inside the human proteome that are critical links to early disease detection and patient-tailored treatment. With clinical investigators from health care organizations and industry partners, the researchers are working to bring this novel laboratory research to the clinical level—the patient’s bedside. The “bench-to-bedside” approach accelerates new tools and technologies into improved, early disease diagnosis, individually tailored therapies, and personalized disease management for patients.
Center for Collision Safety and Analysis (CCSA)
The Center for Collision Safety and Analysis (CCSA)at George Mason University brings together a strong and richly experienced team of scientists and engineers focused on using advanced technology to understand collisions involving transport vehicles and to develop means to avoid or mitigate them to enhance safety and security. CCSA is associated with the College of Science at George Mason and the National Center for Manufacturing Science (NCMS).
Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is the systematic application of computing systems and computational solution techniques to mathematical models formulated to describe and simulate fluid dynamic phenomena.
CFD is part of computational mechanics, which in turn is part of simulation techniques. Simulation is used by engineers and physicists to forecast or reconstruct the behavior of an engineering product or physical situation under assumed or measured boundary conditions (geometry, initial states, loads, etc.)
Earth Observing and Spatial Research, Center for (CEOSR)
The Center for Earth Observing and Space Research (CEOSR) at George Mason University provides a focus for cutting-edge research related to satellite platforms, including data acquisition and processing, as well as information extraction and analysis, for a variety of application domains such as natural hazards and disaster management, hurricane tracking, and geospatial intelligence. CEOSR, the largest research center at George Mason, with more than 60 affiliated scientists, is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Science (COS), and has strong ties with several government agencies including NASA, NRL and others. It supports the mission of science at GMU, as a working group on Space, Earth Systems, and Geoinformation Sciences, including Earth Observing, Geospatial Information Systems, and Space Weather. In addition to fundamental science, CEOSR also provides needed infrastructure to support research projects falling within its focus areas.
Center for Geospatial Intelligence (CGEOINT)
Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) refers to the collection, organization, analysis, and dissemination of information on the position and complementary attributes of physical features, man-made structures, moving objects, people, events and activities. Thus, it covers a wide range of diverse applications, ranging from environmental monitoring and emergency response to intelligent vehicle navigation and surveillance for homeland security.
The Center for Geospatial Intelligence (CGEOINT) at George Mason university is conducting, supporting and coordinating research, teaching. technology transfer and outreach activities in geospatial intelligence. With strong expertise in geoinformatics, ranging from remote sensing and geographic information science to digital image analysis and sensor networks, CGEOINT is uniquely positioned, both academically and geographically, to become an Academic leader in the rapidly growing field of Geospatial Intelligence.
Center for Intelligent Spatial Computing for Water/Energy Science (CISC)
The joint Center for Intelligent Spatial Computing (CISC) was established on March 1, 2006. CISC is under the direction of Dr. Phil Yang (Director) and Dr. David Wong (Chief Scientist). CISC is established on our research on intelligent spatial computing and collaborations with our domestic and international agencies/partners, including NASA, NSF, CUE, NPS, EPA, FGDC, Peking University, Wuhan University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and HeiLongJiang Bureau of Surveying and Mapping. Targeted to be an international innovator and leader, CISC’s research is focused on geospatial information interoperability, high-performance geospatial information processing, geospatial pattern analysis, and spatial GEOSS applications.
Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA)
The Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA) is dedicated to understanding climate fluctuations on seasonal, inter-annual, and decadal scales, with special emphasis on the interactions between Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and land surfaces.
Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities (C-RASC)
The Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities (C-RASC) is a transdisciplinary research center that addresses critical real-world problems through integrated approaches that build resilience. C-RASC’s vision is to support communities worldwide to create life-changing social and economic opportunities through locally-led, bottom-up resilience and sustainability initiatives supported by effective, replicable models. Distinguishing features of C-RASC include: concentrating on bottom-up, community-led approaches; addressing resilience in comprehensive and measurable ways; integrating the impacts and policy implications of converging, accelerating technological changes; and including practitioners with field experience. C-RASC also provides training opportunities for students, researchers, and practitioners, and oversees the global STAR-TIDES knowledge-sharing network.
Center of Spatial Information Science and Systems (CSISS)
The Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems (CSISS) conducts research and provides training to postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates, and master’s students in Geospatial information science, remote sensing, satellite image analysis, geospatial data processing, Earth system science, geospatial interoperability and standards, geographic information systems, and other related subjects.
Environmental Science and Technology Center (ESTC)
The Environmental Science and Technology Center (ESTC) is a joint interdisciplinary center (with China) focusing on global environmental and climate monitoring, global carbon measuring, flood forecasting and defense, water resources management, ecological protection and restoration, and Earth observations.
ESTC brings together researchers from various cultural backgrounds and gives them high-level approaches, international vision, and in-depth knowledge in the interdisciplinary field of environmental and climate research. The Center’s faculty teaches the skills, tools, and methodologies to support a global approach for solving complex problems. ESTC has been supporting the international activities of Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM) which is one of commissions of World Meteorological Organization (WMO), such as World AgroMeteorological Information Service (WAMIS) system.
MicroBiome Analysis Center (MBAC)
The MicroBiome Analysis Center (MBAC), is attempting to scout this unchartered territory and map the world that these bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa inhabit within us. Their effect on human health will be a major focus of research at the center where investigators will explore microbial imbalances on or within the gut, mouth, respiratory tract and urinary and reproductive systems.
National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases (NCBID)
The National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases (NCBID) was founded in 2001 to address the challenges to national and international security posed by biological terrorism. The scope of the center has evolved to include the study of infectious diseases that are emerging from populations around the world and are attributable, in part, to today’s internationally mobile society.
Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC)
Researchers at the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) are using the tools of scientific research, restoration, education, and policy analysis to help society understand and sustain natural processes in ecosystems, watersheds, and landscapes of the Potomac River.
Center for Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence (CMAI)
The Center for Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence focuses on artificial intelligence, big data, control, optimization, anomalous (nonlocal) diffusion, nonlinear partial differential equations, with a broad range of applications. CMAI is funded by George Mason University, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army Research Office, and Department of Navy.
Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis Center (CINA)
The Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA) Center is part of the prestigious network of DHS Centers of Excellence and is funded by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s Office of University Programs to bring together leading experts and researchers to pursue multidisciplinary approaches to address the disruption of criminal activities across the physical and cyber spaces. This Mason-led consortium will be advancing science while pursuing the development of cutting edge solutions and innovative educational and training activities to support today’s and tomorrow’s workforce.
Institute for Biohealth Innovation (IBI)
The Institute for Biohealth Innovation (IBI) promotes and supports biohealth-related research activities of faculty, staff, and students at George Mason University. The IBI connects Mason researchers in biohealth with potential collaborators, both within the university and externally, to advance human health research. Our world-class research community works hand-in-hand with individuals and organizations in the health and wellbeing industries to develop new technologies and interventions. We represent a melting pot of disciplines, including cancer, infectious diseases, brain and behavior, injury and performance, policy, economics, reproductive and family health, and cardiovascular and metabolic studies.
Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA)
Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE)
Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE) works to connect members of the Mason community with others across the Mason community–and with other communities, policy-makers, businesses and organizations–so that, together, we can more effectively address the world’s pressing sustainability and resilience challenges.
Quantum Science and Engineering Center (QSEC)
The Quantum Science and Engineering Center (QSEC)is one of two new Transdisciplinary Centers for Advanced Study supported by the Provost Office of Research at George Mason University. Established in February 2018, the QSEC merges the expertise of nine GMU scientists from the physics, engineering, and data science departments, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Pennsylvania State University (PSU), and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).
The primary goal of the QSEC is to develop a unified approach to materials discovery and exploration for the realization of quantum electronics technologies that outperform the present state-of-the-art. This is as much a sustainability challenge as a performance challenge since it is anticipated that the energy devoted to data processing and acquisition will exceed the planet’s energy budget by 2040 (NSF commissioned study, 2015).