The Julius L. Chambers Biomedical and Biotechnology Research Institute

The Julius L. Chambers Biomedical and Biotechnology Research Institute (JLC-BBRI) conducts multidisciplinary and interinstitutional research focused on health issues that disproportionately affect minority and underserved populations. With a focus on students, the institute provides research experiences that enhance their access to careers in the biomedical sciences.

Welcome to BBRI

JLC-BBRI was named for Julius L. Chambers, who received an undergraduate degree in history from NCCU in 1959 and a law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1962, graduating as editor-in-chief of the school's law review and first in his class.


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Research Programs



The Cardiometabolic Program at JLC-BBRI uses collaborative, multi-disciplinary approaches to explore the roles of dietary calcium and stress on hypertension and obesity and the involvement of nuclear hormone receptors.

Cancer Cells


The JLC-BBRI Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Program explores the causes of cancer and its prevention using molecular and genetic strategies that define the critical steps in carcinogenesis and explore the interplay between genes and the environment.

Neuroscience Imaging


Research interests in neuroscience at JLC-BBRI include developmental neurobiology and diseases of the nervous system that disparately afflict minority populations, such as Alzheimer's disease, a neurodegenerative disease that has been suggested to be more prevalent in African Americans and Hispanics.

Human Nutrition

Human Nutrition

The Nutrition Research program, located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina, uses metabolomic and nutrigenomic approaches to identify and evaluate natural products for disease prevention and treatment.

Implementation Science

You have probably heard a lot about implementation science, as it has been more popular in the past decade. In particular, people are recognizing the potential impact and opportunity in terms of thinking about addressing health disparities.

Health Equity, Environment and Population Health Program

The North Carolina Central University Health Equity, Environment and Population Health Program (HOPE) aims to build healthy communities by developing and implementing interventions to address health disparities, promoting healthy living; preventing and managing chronic disease; and exploring interactions between environment, health and technology.


Since 2016, JLC-BBRI has been led by Dr. Deepak Kumar. Click the link below to contact our team.


Interested in working with us? JLC-BBRI hires both faculty with appointments in an academic department and research scientists hired to work exclusively in the institute.

Contact Us

Have questions? Reach out to our team, and we'll be glad to provide you with more information about what we do.


JLC-BBRI uses private donations to move forward with its research initiatives. Help support us via a contribution today!