QB3 is affiliated with several UC research centers that offer specialized services to scientists and bring expertise and technology to bear on biological challenges.

Biomedical research

The HARC Research Center at UCSF Mission Bay is an interdisciplinary research center aimed at creating a comprehensive structural picture of interactions between HIV viral proteins and intracellular host molec­ules at early stages in the viral lifecycle.

The Membrane Protein Expression Center at UCSF Mission Bay develops and applies the latest innovative methods yielding structur­ally and functionally intact eukaryotic membrane proteins for drug development, and structural and functional characterization.

The Small Molecule Discovery Center at UCSF Mission Bay assists UC researchers in the identification of small molecules that modulate bio­chemical or cellular processes and have the potential to alter disease states.

The UCSF Nikon Imaging Center, developed in partnership with Nikon Instruments Inc. and Technical Instruments, is an intellectual com­mons that provides investigators access to cutting-edge microscopy resources with a particular emphasis on developing novel imaging solutions to systems biology challenges.

Computational biology

The Center for Computational Biology at UC Berkeley aims to advance our understanding of the molecular processes that underlie life, and to inform the development of medical treatment.

The Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics (RBVI) is an NIH National Center for Research Resources Biomedical Technology Resource Center. RBVI staff develop software and advanced web-based resources for the integrated visualization and analysis of molecular structure at scales ranging from atomic to supramolecular.

Energy solutions

The Energy Biosciences Institute at UC Berkeley is a research and development organization that harnesses advanced knowledge in biology, the physical sciences, engineering, and environ­mental and social sciences to devise viable solutions to global energy challenges and reduce the impact of fossil fuels to global warming.


The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute brings together researchers in a variety of disciplines who are deeply involved in efforts to use the information encoded in genome sequences to transform the practice of medicine and our understanding of biology.

Synthetic biology

The Synthetic Biology Institute at UC Berkeley is working to make the engineering of new complex function in cells vastly more efficient, reliable, predictable, and safe. Its breakthroughs will speed the development of biologically engineered solutions to pressing global problems related to health, materials, energy, environment, and security.

The UCSF/UCB Center for Engineering Cellular Control Systems (also known as the Cell Propulsion Lab) brings together researchers studying cellular control and motility with the goal of engineering cells with novel “smart” therapeutic function.