Center for Translational Biomedical Research

About Us

The UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research was established by the State of North Carolina in 2008 as one of the research centers at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis. The center, located 70 miles southwest of Greensboro, reports to the UNCG Office of Research and Engagement and is co-directed by Drs. Qibin Zhang and Zhanxiang Zhou.

The NCRC is a public-private venture created to promote collaboration and further knowledge in biotechnology, nutrition, agriculture and health. The campus fosters interdisciplinary research among its eight constituent universities, a growing list of industry partners, and the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI).


Kannapolis is only 30 minutes north of the city of Charlotte, one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The cost of living in Charlotte has remained relatively low, making it attractive to many individuals looking to become homeowners. Interesting sites and activities are abundant in Charlotte. Some points of interests include the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, the Mint Museum of Art, the Whitewater Training Facility, and Discovery Place. For sports enthusiasts, Charlotte is home to the NFL Panthers and the NBA Hornets. For outdoor adventurers, beautiful parks and open-air facilities are close at hand that offer a variety of recreation activities. No matter what your interests, Charlotte has a lot to offer.

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