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Welcome to CIMERA

CIMERA: The Center for Interdisciplinary Molecular Biology: Education, Research and Advancement

The Center was created to play a lead role in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) in both research and education in the burgeoning fields of Cell and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Rapid scientific advances, and an equally rapid expansion of the biotechnology industry as a result, have increased our need for a source of information and training in these important fields.  Just a few of the many outgrowths of this information explosion include the use of embryonic and adult stem cells, therapeutic vs. reproductive cloning, genetics and evolutionary theory, genetically modified organisms (GMO), and nutrient-gene interactions. The Center provides a geographic and intellectual center for interdisciplinary basic and applied research, for the training of undergraduate and graduate students, and for community-based educational programs.  Like the chimera of Greek legend, the Center blends the strengths of many CSUS faculty, and our colleagues in government and industry, into a powerful force for education.

 Center Objectives

The Center brings together an interdisciplinary group of faculty from the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) and associated faculty from other departments, including the Departments of
Family and Consumer Sciences and Anthropology. In addition, these faculty members have extensive collaborations and connections with their counterparts in government and industry.  These faculty members are dedicated to improving teaching and research in the cell and molecular sciences at CSUS, and together this larger group has expertise in nearly every aspect of these important sciences. 

The primary objectives of the Center are to:

1. Enhance faculty research efforts through interdisciplinary investigations and grant

2. Foster student laboratory training and biology and biochemistry curriculum

3. Promote community education in cell and molecular biology through public activities
    and discussion. 

The Center enables CSUS students and faculty to engage in competitive, fundable, meaningful research that contributes to the knowledge and training of the greater scientific community. It also providse for and coordinate public service programs. Through these efforts, the Center has a major impact on faculty recruitment, professional development, and curricular change at CSUS, that helps to promote educated dialog on scientific issues important to the public in the Capital Region.

For further information, contact

Tom Savage, Director

Tom Peavy, Associate Director