Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (Evans Center)


The goal of the Evans Center is to promote growth and discovery in emerging interdisciplinary biomedical research and educational areas by providing faculty affiliated with the Department of Medicine and with various schools, departments and centers at Boston University a dynamic, interdisciplinary organizational structure, which allows investigators with different areas of expertise to collectively address mechanisms of disease, and to facilitate new training opportunities.

Mission Statement

Faculty affiliated with the Evans Center hold academic appointments with different departments. The Center provides opportunities for collaborations within Affinity Research Collaboratives (ARCs) organized around foci of common research interests. The extraordinary strength in biomedical and physical sciences at Boston University, and the support and development of the ARCs create opportunities for new interdisciplinary approaches to both research and training in biomedical research. Basic science discovery promoted by ARCs are also available to the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and to other centers for collaborative translational applications.

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Thomas Jefferson’s vision of the spread of knowledge, freedom and democracy inspired Eero Saarinen’s masterpiece of modern design of the Gateway Arch

BU Named an International “Upstart University,”
Interdisciplinary Research in Medicine


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Click here to access ARC Profiles
Click here to access an Evans Center Brochure


Links to publications on the Evans Center as New Paradigm for pursuing Research and Education

K. Ravid et al, Academic Medicine: http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Abstract/publishahead/Catalyzing_Interdisciplinary_Research_and.98227.aspx

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AAAS Press Release, April 27, 2017: Team science critical to diagnosis, prevention, treatment of diesease https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/bumc-tsc042717.php

K. Ravid et al, J. Academic Medicine: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23269301

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Coleman, Spira and Ravid, Trans Am Clin ClimatolAssoc.: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23874035

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Upcoming Event

BU Technological Wonders: Potential Biomedical Applications

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 2-5 pm
Evans Biomedical Research Center (X Building), Rooms 714/715
650 Albany Street

Hosted by Katya Ravid, Professor, Medicine and Biochemistry, School of Medicine; and Director, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Office (IBRO)

oin us for an afternoon exploring new technologies developed by BU investigators from the Charles River and Medical Campuses. Clinicians & basic and clinician scientists are invited to explore applications to their work.

The afternoon will include 8-min presentations, separated with a coffee break and followed by wine & cheese around table discussions/explorations. Table discussions will be headed by the speakers and selected clinical chairs, and are intended to give greater opportunities to directly explore specific topics in greater detail.

Scheduled to speak:

James ‘Jacy’ Bird, Mechanical Engineering, ENG // Ji-Xin Cheng, Electrical and Computer Engineering, ENG // Allison Dennis, Biomedical Engineering, ENG // Kamil Ekinci, Mechanical Engineering, ENG // Mark Grinstaff, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Director, Nanotechnology Innovation Center at BU, ENG // Ioannis Paschalidis, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Director, Center for Information and Systems Engineering, ENG // Darren Roblyer, Biomedical Engineering, ENG // Michelle Sander, Engineering, ENG // Selim Ünlü, Electrical and Computer Engineering, ENG // Joyce Wong, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, ENG // Wilson Wong, Biomedical Engineering, ENG // Muhammad Zaman, Biomedical Engineering, ENG

We look forward to welcoming you!


Members of the Cross-Campus Seminar Committee will meet periodically to review and organize possible topics and speakers for seminars and symposia.

Thank you for your participation!

Please see our Past Events under Seminars/Mini-Symposia/Research Retreats



2018 ARC Directors Luncheon Meetings

12:00-1:30 pm, W-502

Wednesday, February 28

Wednesday, September 12


Monthly ARC meeting times and locations should be verified with ARC Directors listed @


March 8, 2018
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of BU School of Medicine