Faculty

Faculty of Bioengineering

Gert Cauwenberghs

The focus of our research is on cross-cutting advances at the interface between in vivo and in silico neural information processing.

Karen Christman

The Christman lab is interested in multi-scale, interdisciplinary approaches for regenerative medicine and biomaterials, with a main focus on the treatment of myocardial infarction and heart failure.

Todd Coleman

Todd P. Coleman received the B.S. degrees in electrical engineering (summa cum laude), as well as computer engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2000, along with the M.S. and Ph... more

Adam Engler
The Engler lab is an interdisciplinary research group using multiple stem cells (embryonic, adult, and induced pluripotent) and model systems (mice, rats, flies, monkeys) to understand disease processes,... more
Andrew McCulloch

Our research focus is on the mechanics and electrical dynamics of the normal and diseased heart from molecular to organ scales.

In spite of these successes, there remained unmet opportunities at UCSD. In 2005... more

Elliot McVeigh

In the Cardiovascular Imaging Lab (CViL) we develop new scanning protocols, hardware, and image analysis methods to diagnose and treat heart disease.  Using both MRI and CT, we have been successful in creating... more

Christian Metallo

The Metallo Lab applies systems biology approaches to study metabolic pathways in mammalian cells, with a focus on understanding metabolic regulation in cancer cells and stem cells.  Metabolism encompasses the... more

Robert Sah

The goal of the Cartilage Tissue Engineering Laboratory is to use and advance bioengineering in order to better prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases and injuries of cartilage.

Gabriel Silva

Our lab's goal is to understand cell signaling and information processing in biological cellular neural networks in the brain and retina.

Shyni Varghese

Our laboratory focuses on developing new strategies using biomaterials and stem cells for tissue repair and regeneration.

Yingxiao Wang

Dr. Wang’s research includes the development of genetically-encoded molecule biosensors based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) and the application of these biosensors for the visualization and... more

Sheng Zhong

Sheng obtained a Ph.D. in Biostatistics at Harvard University. He worked at Stanford University as a visiting scholar. He worked at University of Illinois as an assistant professor, an associate professor and Bliss... more

Faculty of Biomedical Sciences

Ajit Varki

Varki’s lab is focused on a family of sugars called the sialic acids, and their roles in biology, evolution and disease.

Faculty of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Timothy Baker

Macromolecular, cryo-electron microscopy and three-dimensional (3D), image-reconstruction techniques are used in our research to visualize viruses and to determine how they interact with their hosts, replicate and... more

Neal Devaraj

Our interdisciplinary research group focuses on chemical biology with an emphasis on developing novel reactions for addressing questions in bottom-up synthetic biology and molecular imaging. ... more

Kamil Godula

Our lab studies how the glycocalyx of living cells – a complex ensemble of glycoproteins and glycolipids on the cell surface – mediates their interactions with the outside world.

Simpson Joseph
We study how cells make proteins, which is a fundamental process for life. Ribosomes are the machines responsible for protein synthesis in all cells. Ribosomes accurately "read" the genetic information in mRNAs... more
Elizabeth Komives

Work in the Komives Lab is focused on understanding the parameters that govern protein-protein interactions mediated by non-globular proteins. Three main systems are currently under study.

J. Andrew McCammon

Most biochemical reactions occur in solution or at interfaces between lipid bilayers and aqueous phases.

Stanley Opella

The overall goal of the research program is to develop protein expression systems, instrumentation, and experimental methods so that NMR spectroscopy can be used to study all of the proteins encoded in a genome.

Michael Sailor

We synthesize nanomaterials and study their chemistry, electrochemistry, and optical properties. Our emphasis is on nanophase silicon and iron oxide-based materials.

Susan Taylor

We are studying the structure, dynamics, and localization of cAMP-dependent protein kinase. PKA is a prototype for the protein kinase superfamily involved in signal transduction.

Elizabeth Villa

The Villa Lab develops tools to observe macromolecular complexes in their natural environment, the cell. Our ultimate goal is to unveil the structural dynamics of these complexes while they go about their everyday... more

Roy Wollman

We are interested in understanding how inter & intra-cellular signaling networks spatio-temporally regulate self-organization processes at multiple scales during wound response.

Brian Zid

Our lab takes an interdisciplinary approach to try and understand the specificity of mRNA localization to membrane-less compartments during stressful environmental conditions. In the long term we are interested in... more

Faculty of Pathology

Bruce Torbett

Our research interests are focused in three areas; defining PU.1 transcription factor partners critical for normal and abnormal differentiation of myeloid cells, understanding HIV-1 protease inhibitor resistance... more

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science

Adah Almutairi

The Almutairi lab is highly interdisciplinary, utilizing and expanding current knowledge in nanotechnology, polymer science, and chemistry. Specifically, they develop novel smart polymers that degrade into small... more

Pieter Dorrestein

Most microbes live as a microbial consortium where they interact with neighboring organisms through the secretion of signaling molecules and through other metabolic interactions.

Sylvia Evans

Dr. Evans’ research focuses on defining genetic pathways underlying heart development and to apply that understanding to both congenital and adult heart disease.

Michael Gilson

Our long-term interest is to speed the design of biomedically useful targeted molecules, including drugs and functional host-guest systems, by developing a better understanding of the physical determinants of binding... more

David Gonzalez

Our primary research goal is to provide therapeutic leads for the treatment of microbial infections. As a post-antibiotic era is upon mankind, it is imperative to elucidate new treatment avenues to combat the... more

Tracy Handel

Chemokines are critical mediators of leukocyte cell migration during routine immune surveillance, lymphocyte development and homing, and inflammation.

Jin Zhang

Our ultimate goal is to understand how cells, the basic units of life, sense changing environments and orchestrate specific responses to carry out life processes. Recent years have seen tremendous progress in... more

Faculty of Biological Sciences

Kenta Asahina

We use the Drosophila model organisms to study the genetic and neural mechanisms underlying social interactions. The primary goal of my laboratory is to understand the genetic and neural mechanisms that... more

Brenda Bloodgood

The goal of our lab is to understand how neuronal computations change in response to an animal’s interactions with the environment.

Shelley Halpain

The Halpain lab uses multi-scale approaches to investigate neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s. Subcellular imaging is used to track the behavior and function of... more

Takaki Komiyama

Animals constantly modify their behavior through experience. Flexible behavior is key to our ability to adapt to the ever-changing environment. Our laboratory is interested in studying the activity of neuronal... more

William Kristan, Prof. Emeritus

My colleagues and I determine how networks of nerve cells produce different behaviors, and how these neuronal networks are established during embryogenesis.

Terrence Sejnowski

The goal of my laboratory is to discover the principles linking brain mechanisms and behavior.

Nick Spitzer

Our lab investigates the role of electrical activity in gene expression in the developing and adult nervous system

Jing Wang

How is olfactory information represented and processed in the fly central nervous system? This question is the main driving force for research in the Wang lab.

Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering

Nadir Weibel

Multimodal and Ubiquitous Technology for Healthcare

My work on Human-Centered Computing is situated at the intersection of computer science, cognitive science and the health sciences. I am a computer scientist... more

Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Padmini Rangamani

The focus of our research is to develop theoretical and computational models of cellular processes, with a main focus on mechanochemical regulation of cell shape and lipid bilayer mechanics.

Daniel Tartakovsky

Research interests includes applied and computational mathematics, groundwater hydrologgy, and biomedical modeling.

Faculty of NanoEngineering

Gaurav Arya

Our group is interested in the development and application of computational and theoretical methods to a variety of exciting projects in the areas of biophysics and nanotechnology.

Faculty of Neuroscience

Anders Dale

Dr. Dale is founding Co-Director of the Multimodal Imaging Laboratory, an interdisciplinary initiative of the Departments of Neurosciences and Radiology.

Mark Ellisman

Dr. Mark H. Ellisman established NCMIR in 1988 to achieve greater understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system by developing 3D light and electron microscopy methods.

Maryann Martone, Prof. Emeritus

Dr. Martone’s work includes the central nervous system (CNS) morphology, protein localization, imaging of neurons and their processes, neuronal alterations that occur as a consequence of ischemia, and the emerging... more

Faculty of Pediatrics

Sanjay Nigam

Dr. Nigam's lab is interested in molecular and cellular mechanisms of branching morphogenesis as they relate to organ development (eg. kidney, lung).

Faculty of Physics

Henry Abarbanel

Henry D. I. Abarbanel is IGCC Research Director for Science and Security. Abarbanel received his B.S. in physics from Caltech and his Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University. He... more

David Kleinfield

This program addresses how the vibrissa sensorimotor system of rat extracts a stable world view through its actively moving sensors.

Faculty of Radiology

Richard Buxton

Dr. Buxton’s primary research is focused on understanding the connections between neural activity, blood flow and energy metabolism in the human brain.

Lawrence Frank

My primary area of expertise is in diffusion imaging, including pulse sequence development, image reconstruction, and data analysis.

Thomas Liu

Dr. Liu is an Associate Professor of Radiology and the Director of the UCSD Center for Functional MRI (fMRI).

Eric Wong

Eric C. Wong, PhD MD is a biophysicist working on the development of new hardware and imaging methods for MRI.

Faculty of Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Amro Hamdoun

Our laboratory studies the cell and developmental biology of marine organisms. One current project focuses on understanding the mechanisms and consequence of cell surface reorganization during embryonic development... more