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The Center for Biomolecular Sciences (originally, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology) was established in 1994. The Center brought the Biology-oriented research in the College of Pharmacy to a principally new level, complementing the previous Chemistry-oriented research in the College with Molecular and Cell Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry and other ‘bio-intensive’ disciplines.
The goal of the Center provided a superb environment that fostered both collaboration and cooperation across unit boundaries both within the College, across the UIC campus, and beyond. The Center has been spectacularly successful in that goal, developing research programs that succeeded in attracting researchers from multiple Colleges across campus, as well as other Universities, and attracting grants that were some of the largest ever awarded to UIC. In 2016 the Center has acquired its new name, The Center for Biomolecular Sciences, which reflects both the general bio-oriented direction of research in the Center and its emphasis on the fundamental mechanisms that underlie human diseases and drug action.
The researchers affiliated with the Center are among the best funded in the College of Pharmacy, they publish their studies in the most prestigious scientific journals and attract a lot of publicity and media attention. Faculty, researchers and students of the Center actively participate in outreach activities. They disseminate scientific knowledge to the general public by writing in popular magazines, attracting school children to research, judging Science Fair competitions in the Chicago schools and conducting various workshops.