Advanced and Comprehensive Capabilities
Computational power and advanced instrumentation underscores the diversity of research, pre-clinical work, clinical trials and product development at the NC Research Campus.
The Piedmont Research Station is part of North Carolina’s statewide network of agricultural research stations. Located north of the NC Research Campus, just outside of Salisbury, NC, scientists work with the station using their agricultural fields and tunnel greenhouses to further research on broccoli, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and other fruits and vegetables.
The UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics Services Division (BiSD) offers organizations on and off campus computational support in the design and development of new research and technologies. They regularly collaborate on projects involving plant pathways and genomes, product evaluation, bioinformatic research tools, clinical data analysis and metagenomics. BiSD is part of the Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics at UNC Charlotte’s main campus, less than 20 miles south of the NC Research Campus.
The David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) serves the research centers on campus and pharmaceutical, biotech and bio-agricultural companies as well as government agencies and academic researchers. The DHMRI is distinguished by its genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, NMR, in vitro sciences, microscopy and bioinformatics laboratories that allow for an inter-lab, systems biology approach to any project.
The Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory is a leader in the study of nutrition and exercise immunology. They work with trained athletes and community volunteers to conduct research studies underwritten by corporations to evaluate the effects of beverage and food products on the human body. They have the equipment and expertise to measure aerobic fitness, resting metabolic rate, body composition/body fat percent, muscular fitness and anaerobic power and threshold.
NCA&T Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies can assist companies with their efforts to comply with the more stringent requirements of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act. NCA&T scientists and post-harvest physiologists at NC State Plants for Human Health Institute can research and recommended ways to identify and reduce the presence of microbial contaminants and methods to preserve nutritional content.
NC State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) operates a 10,000-square-foot greenhouse complex about one mile from the campus that supports the research of the PHHI’s plant breeders. Space is also available for outside researchers and campus partners conducting plant studies.
In order to advance the field of personalized nutrition, the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) has one of 11 metabolic chambers in the US, as well as other advanced metabolic rate assessment and body composition equipment. The NRI also has a a metabolic research kitchen and clinical services facility complete with examination rooms, a pharmacy, phlebotomy laboratory, specimen laboratory and consultation rooms.