Faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences contribute as both leaders and collaborative participants across a multitude of college and University centers. The interdisciplinary networks formed through these organizations are making huge strides in protecting the environment, advancing discoveries in human and animal health, ensuring sustainable communities, and so much more.

Agriculture and Environment Center

Operating under the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science (SAFES), this center's mission is to catalyze integrated research and engagement related to the impacts of land use and management on water and the environment.

Center for Biorenewables

Jointly supported by the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) and the Huck Institutes, this center brings together expertise in plant biology, genomics, microbiology, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, bioengineering, and other fields.

Center for Chemical Ecology

This center of excellence, housed in the Department of Entomology and affiliated with the Huck Institutes, brings together researchers in complementary disciplines to explore the role chemistry plays in predator-prey, parasite-host, herbivore-plant, virus-vector, and intraspecific interactions.

Center for Economic and Community Development

This applied research center, housed in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, is dedicated to strengthening local and regional development in Pennsylvania and beyond through timely short reports, economic impact analyses, and series projects.

Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology

This center is a part of the Huck Institutes and brings together interdisciplinary expertise in industrial biotechnology, including biopharmaceuticals, biobased chemicals and fuels, and food biotechnology.

Center for Excellence in Nutrigenomics

This center, housed in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, focuses on molecular nutrition studies, including the development of new nutritional recommendations, dietary intervention, and supplements.

Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics

This interdisciplinary center under the Huck Institutes encompasses expertise across the University in both basic and applied fields to provide insights into how to prevent or reduce infections.

Center for Mastitis and Milk Quality Services

Housed in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, this center conducts research to develop practical dairy herd preventive medicine programs, safe and effective animal health products, and improved management techniques for the dairy industry.

Center for Molecular Immunology and Infectious Disease

This center, housed under the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and affiliated with the Huck Institutes, promotes collaborative work to discover mechanisms that contribute to disease and develop novel therapeutic strategies.

Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis

This interdisciplinary center, housed in the Huck Institutes and also supported in part by the IEE, brings together researchers from across the University to understand toxic effects of compounds at the molecular and biochemical level.

Center for Parasitic and Carnivorous Plants

This center is formed under the Huck Institutes and supports the integrative studies of parasitic and carnivorous plants at multiple levels of organization: molecular, cellular, genomic, evolutionary, and ecosystems.

Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health

This center is housed in the Department of Food Science and focuses on discovering the potential of foods from plants and mushrooms to improve human health, including studying the health benefits of foods for reducing the risk of chronic degenerative diseases and the nutritional and medicinal properties of numerous cultivated mushrooms.

Center for Pollinator Research

This center, housed in the Department of Entomology and affiliated with the Huck Institutes and SAFES, develops and implements integrative, multidisciplinary approaches to improving pollinator health, conservation, and management for ecosystem services.

Center for Private Forests

This applied research, education, and outreach center is housed under the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management and focuses on ensuring the health and vitality of private forests and promoting sound stewardship practices to care for and sustain forest ecosystems.

Center for Professional Personnel Development

Home of "Teach Ag!" at Penn State and housed under the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, this center is committed to a comprehensive program of professional personnel development for career and technical education.

Center for Reproductive Biology and Health

This center, organized under the Huck Institutes, provides a forum for faculty to engage in research on the basic mechanisms involved in normal function of reproductive cells and tissues, as well as regulation of reproductive functions in health and disease.

Center for Root and Rhizosphere Biology

Established in the Huck Institutes, this center fosters new collaborations to develop a better understanding of root function and root health, including root associations with symbionts and open avenues to create new resilient crops and agroecosystems and improved management.

Center for Sports Surface Research

This intercollege program is managed within the Department of Plant Science and is dedicated to improving the performance and safety of all sports surfaces.

Center for Turfgrass Science

This center, housed in the Department of Plant Science, provides cutting-edge turfgrass research on the development of varieties, the management of pests, and other valuable information for turfgrass managers worldwide.

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness

An applied research center, located within the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), created to help professionals identify, implement, evaluate, and improve programs that strengthen military service members, veterans, and their families.

E. coli Reference Center

This center, housed in the Department of Food Science, holds the largest repository of E. coli strains in the United States, which can be utilized for epidemiological studies, antimicrobial resistance, relatedness between strains, and molecular tracking.

Insect Biodiversity Center

This unique transdisciplinary ecosystem, supported by the college, Huck Institutes, and IEE, integrates disparate centers of excellence to tackle complex biological, environmental, social, economic, and political drivers underlying changes in insect species abundance and distribution.

Microbiome Center

This center, housed in the Huck Institutes, supports transformative, interdisciplinary research of the complete microbial community and its environment to provide insight into how organisms and the environment function as a system.

Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development

This center, one of four federally funded regional centers coordinating rural development research in the United States and housed under the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, provides research to help create regional prosperity.

Northeast Regional Sun Grant Center

This regional center is part of a national network of universities and national labs partnering to help build a biobased economy.

Louis W. Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics

This endowed research center is housed in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management and engages in conservation genetics, genomics, and biotechnology research and training focused on specific restoration and forest ecosystem sustainability.

Survey Research Center

A scientific center located in SSRI that provides data collection and proposal development services to researchers, faculty, graduate students, and administrative units at Penn State, and promotes and contributes to the science of survey research methodology.

Office for Research and Graduate Education

Address

217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802-2600

Office for Research and Graduate Education

Address

217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802-2600