Research at Boston University

BU Joins AAU

Boston University
at a Glance

Robert A. Brown President

Jean Morrison University Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Karen H. Antman Provost, Medical Campus

Research Centers and Institutes

African Presidential Archives & Research Center

African Studies Center

Alzheimer’s Disease Center

American Schools of Oriental Research

Amyloidosis Center

Anna Howard Shaw Center

Archaeological Institute of America

Arthritis Center

Biomolecular Engineering Research Center

Cancer Research Center

Cardiovascular Proteomics Center

Center for Adaptive Systems

Center for Addictions Research & Services

Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research

Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

Center for Biodynamics

Center for Biomedical Imaging

Center for Character & Social Responsibility

Center for Chemical Methodology & Library Development

Center for Computational Neuroscience & Neural Technology

Center for Computational Science

Center for Ecology & Conservation Biology

Center for Energy & Environmental Studies

Center for Enhancing Activity & Participation among Persons with Arthritis

Center for Finance, Law & Policy

Center for Global Christianity & Mission

Center for Global Health & Development

Center for Information & Systems Engineering

Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling

Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Environmental Exposures & Health

Center for International Relations

Center for Memory & Brain

Center for Molecular Discovery

Center for Nanoscience & Nanobiotechnology

Center for Neurorehabilitation

Center for Neuroscience

Center for Philosophy & History of Science

Center for Polymer Studies

Center for Practical Theology

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Center for Regenerative Medicine

Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security

Center for Remote Sensing

Center for Research to Evaluate & Eliminate Dental Disparities

Center for Science & Medical Journalism

Center for Sexual Medicine

Center for Space Physics

Center for Subsurface Sensing & Imaging Systems

Center for the Humanities

Center for the Study of Asia

Center for the Study of Communication & the Deaf

Center for the Study of Europe

Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science & Technology

Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease

Clinical Epidemiology Research & Training Unit

Clinical & Translational Science Institute

Communication Research Center

Danielsen Institute Center for the Study of Religion & Psychology

Editorial Institute

Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies

Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Framingham Heart Study

Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation

Genome Science Institute

Harold Goodglass Aphasia Research Center

Health & Disability Research Institute

Health Policy Institute

Hearing Research Center

Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

Human Resources Policy Institute

Institute for American Political History

Institute for Astrophysical Research

Institute for Economic Development

Institute for Global Work

Institute for Leading in a Dynamic Economy

Institute for Nonprofit Management & Leadership

Institute for Philosophy & Religion

Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization

Institute for the Advancement of the Social Sciences

Institute for the Classical Tradition

Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations

Institute of Jewish Law

Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs

International Center for East Asian Archaeology & Cultural History

International History Institute

Memory Disorders Research Center

National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories

NeuroMuscular Research Center

Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future

Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Center

Partners in Health & Housing Prevention Research Center

Photonics Center

Prevention Research Center

Pulmonary Center

Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering

Slone Epidemiology Center

Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center

Superfund Basic Research Program

Tanglewood Institute

Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute

Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Research Center


16,648 undergraduate

14,175 graduate

2,860 nondegree

Faculty and Staff

2,675 full-time faculty

1,372 part-time faculty

5,643 full-time staff

369 part-time staff


133 acres

320 buildings

486 classrooms

2,024 laboratories

11,432 total residence capacity


24 libraries and special collections

3 million volumes

62,218 periodicals

4.8 million microform units

Computing Facilities

Research Computing

IBM Blue Gene/L supercomputer with 1,204 nodes

Linux cluster with 972 processor core

Specialized High-Performance Computer Laboratories

Deep Vision Display Wall

Computer Graphics Laboratory

LIVE: Laboratory for Virtual Environments

High-Performance Networking

Fiber Optic Metro Ring interconnecting Boston University, Harvard, and MIT

Northern Crossroads (NoX)

Internet2 ION


Computing Labs

UNIX, Windows, and Macintosh labs


Sponsored Program Awards FY2012

$369 million

Financial Resources

Endowment: $1.19 billion

Total assets: $4.3 billion

Enrollment, staffing, and facilities figures as of Fall 2011.
Financial figures as of June 30, 2012.