The Center for Metabolic Biology (CMB) facilitates, encourages, and sponsors innovative and fundamental molecular research that will lead to a comprehensive understanding of metabolic networks and systems. The goal of the Center is to generate the fundamental understanding of metabolism that will provide the basis for designing novel biological pathways for biochemical constituents that improve the nutritional quality of agricultural products and generate novel biorenewable sources of industrial feedstocks.
Members of CMB are affiliated with various Iowa State University departments, including Agronomy, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chemistry and Genetics, Development and Cell Biology. Research is focused on integrating modern technologies in functional genomics, bioinformatics and computer sciences to comprehensively decipher metabolic networks. Researchers within the CMB are thus developing new resources in the area of metabolomics and computational modeling of metabolic networks.