In addition to our affiliates and their resources, the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology has access to state-of-the-art facilities, libraries and research institutes, centers, and initiatives that provide significant support to the interdisciplinary research of our faculty and students.


Bauer Core Facilities

The Bauer Core Facilities goal is to advance research efforts in the life sciences that cannot readily be accomplished in the traditional academic laboratory because of a need for expensive instrumentation or automation, scientific or organizational infrastructure, or multidisciplinary expertise.

To promote cutting-edge research and to foster scientific collaborations, Bauer facilities make their extensive resources available to scientists at Harvard. Their technical staff provide expertise and hands-on training and the use of instrumentation for a nominal fee. Researchers can sign up to use the instrumentation through an on-line scheduling system and conduct their experiments independently.

In addition, the center provides a forum for discussion of many areas of genomics and systems biology, in the form of seminars and lectures (see News and Events).

Botany Libraries

Botany LibraryThe Botany Libraries manage five unique collections of rare books, manuscripts, field notes, and historical correspondence, as well as current monographs, journals and electronic media. All of the collections also have rich archival components. Visit

Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH)

Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH) is the University's central open-access repository of research by members of the Harvard community. In addition to the scholarly journal articles targeted by Harvard's several open access resolutions, DASH can be used to self-archive manuscripts and materials. DASH supports a variety of file formats, and encourages users to deposit related materials with their manuscripts (including data, images, audio and video files, etc.).

Ernst Mayr Library

Ernst Mayr Library

The Ernst Mayr Library is a leading resource in the fields of natural history, zoology, paleontology, biodiversity, evolution and ecology. The Library contains a vast collection of monographs and journals, in many areas of natural history and zoology. Visit

FAS Center for Systems Biology

The FAS Center for Systems Biology is an interdepartmental initiative at Harvard University. The Center's overall goal is to combine a variety of experimental and theoretical approaches to find general principles that help to explain the structure, behavior and evolution of cells and organisms. Faculty and Fellows span a wide range of disciplines, including biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and engineering. The Center is the home of the Bauer Fellows program, the Bauer Core facilities, and faculty belonging to departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It is part of a university-wide initiative in systems biology, which also comprises the PhD program in Systems Biology and the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. The Center is also one of the NIGMS National Centers of Systems Biology. and part of the NSF Physics of Living Systems Graduate Student Research Network.

Harvard Catalyst

Established in 2008, Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center is dedicated to improving human health by enabling collaboration and providing tools, training, and technologies to clinical and translational investigators. As a shared enterprise of Harvard University, Harvard Catalyst resources are made freely available to all Harvard faculty and trainees, regardless of institutional affiliation or academic degree.

Harvard Catalyst works with Harvard schools and the academic healthcare centers (hospitals) to build and grow an environment where discoveries are rapidly and efficiently translated to improve human health. Harvard Catalyst catalyzes research across all clinical and translational domains by providing investigators with opportunities such as pilot funding, free resources such as biostatistics consultations, educational programs such as the Master's Program in Clinical and Translational Investigation and over a dozen courses, and with a range of web tools that assist in data collection and team collaboration efforts.

Harvard Libraries and Archives

Harvard's libraries are rooted in the 1638 bequest of 400 books from John Harvard, and today they hold the largest academic collection in the world. More than 70 libraries contain approximately 17 million volumes and a rapidly expanding inventory of digital resources. These materials and the expertise of Library staff members support research by Harvard faculty and students, as well as an international community of scholars.

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is the focus of Harvard's long tradition of interdisciplinary materials research. The Harvard MRSEC is funded by the National Science Foundation, and identifies new research areas to train and retrain students in materials science and engineering.

Research Computing

Research Computing was established in 2007 as part of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences (FAS) Division of Science, with the founding principle of facilitating the advancement of complex research by providing leading edge computing services. Research Computing staff maintain expertise in constantly changing computing technologies, while “speaking the language” of FAS researchers, to help them use computing more effectively.

Computational resources are available for high performance and scientific computing, bioinformatic analysis, visualization, and data storage. Research Computing continually expands its services and technologies, ensuring researchers have access to a world-class computational environment.