Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Education and Research (CIBER)

Within the UCO College of Mathematics and Science, there are numerous faculty members from different departments with a wealth of talent and knowledge in various areas of biomedical and health science research. Over the past several years these researchers have continually demonstrated their productivity by publishing in scientific journals, actively participating in Oklahoma INBRE, and securing internal and external funding for their research. UCO has established a Center that will provide a dynamic environment for faculty to expand their research, and attract talented undergraduate and graduate students. There is a compelling need to solve complex social and biomedical problems that are crucial to human welfare and society in general and that requires more broadly trained scientists with multidisciplinary perspectives that include physical, mathematical, social, and biological sciences. Accordingly, the Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Education and Research (CIBER) is dedicated to interdisciplinary biomedical and health science education and research. 

Goals

This center will promote and develop:

  • Socially and ethically responsible scientists capable of contributing to solutions for health problems that confront modern society;
  • Interaction and collaboration among faculty members and among faculty and students;
  • Problem-solving skills in the context of hypothesis-driven research;
  • Technical and analytical research skills;
  • The enhancement of biomedical and health science educational programs;
  • Collaboration with local and state biomedical and health science industries and research institutions to create educational and employment opportunities for students; and
  • Community involvement and outreach services.

Members

Dr. Wei Chen, Director  

Dr. Brittany Bannish  

Dr. Kanika Bhargava

Dr. Jim Bidlack

Dr. Robert Brennan 

Dr. Lilian Chooback

Dr. Jicheng Fu

Dr. Robi Hossan

Dr. Yuhao Jiang

Dr. Steven Karpowicz

Dr. Morshed Khandaker

Dr. Sean Laverty

Dr. Cynthia Murray   

Dr. Gang Qian

Dr. Nikki Seagraves

Dr. Mel Vaughan    

Dr. Gang Xu