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The Pacific Biosciences Research Center is a center of excellence in interdisciplinary biological sciences, with its research, training, and outreach activities focused on the unique opportunities found in Hawaiʻi and throughout the Pacific Islands.  PBRC has received national and international recognition as a leader in integrated mountain-to-sea science, and uses as its guiding principle the concept of the Hawaiian ahupuaʻa, a self-sustaining unit highlighting the interrelationship between land and sea, and a communal responsibility for the land.  PBRC follows the ethic of sustainability with respect for the culture, values, and limited natural resources of Hawaiʻi.


PBRC Featured In Voice Of The Sea

PBRC Featured in Voice of the Sea

Click to view the 30-second episode trailer! On TV: K5 Sun June 23rd at 6pm & Sat June 29th at 6pm HST! In this episode of Voice of the Sea, we’re…

PBRC Researcher To Lead National Society For Diversity In STEM

PBRC researcher to lead national society for diversity in STEM

A University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa research specialist was elected to the Board of Directors of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Healani…

Stressed Snails And Slugs May Spread Rat Lungworm Through Slime

Stressed snails and slugs may spread rat lungworm through slime

Can humans become infected with the rat lungworm parasite from snail slime, if an infected snail or slug leaves slime on a lettuce leaf? That is the question University of…

Pioneering Microbiome Science Aims For Breakthroughs At UH Center

Pioneering microbiome science aims for breakthroughs at UH center

A national center of excellence at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is doing much more than groundbreaking biomedical research. The Integrative Center for Environmental Microbiomes and Human Health (ICEMHH)…

Precision Nutrition COBRE Core Bucks Recipient Receives Award

Precision Nutrition COBRE Core Bucks Recipient Receives Award

Assistant Professor Peter Washington from the Information and Computer Sciences Department, a recipient of Core Bucks through the Precision Nutrition COBRE Core Bucks Program, recently received a $2.18-million New Innovator Award from the National Institutes…

Born A Scientist: Kiana Frank’s Work Builds Upon Foundation Of Her Kūpuna

Born a scientist: Kiana Frank’s work builds upon foundation of her kūpuna

Some people become scientists. For Assistant Professor Kiana Frank of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, it was evident early on in her…

2023 Field Biology Award: Norine Yeung

2023 Field Biology Award: Norine Yeung As a malacologist focusing on Pacific Island land snails (the world’s most threatened animal group), Norine Yeung, along with her colleagues, have been instrumental in advancing our understanding of…



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