The Interfaces Graduate Training Program at UC San Diego: 

Established in 2005 to bring together faculty and students from the biological, engineering, physical, and health sciences disciplines, the program provides unique, interdisciplinary, graduate training at the interfaces between these fields of study. The training program has been made possible with the support of grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The program's goals are:

  • Focused collaboration across participating degree programs at UC San Diego to train a new generation of cross-disciplinary scientists.
  • State-of-the-art interdisciplinary training through a technology-centered, hands-on, graduate laboratory course curriculum.
  • Novel emphasis on research aimed at integrative and quantitative analysis across multiple scales of biological organization from molecule to organism in health and disease.

Supporting the mission of NIBIB:

Students' chosen research project must support the mission of the NIBIB, which is to transform through engineering the understanding of disease and its prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment. NIBIB-supported research has pioneered groundbreaking advances to create technologies that are essential to extending the health span, by personalizing diagnosis and treatment and significantly improving quality of life. As the hub at NIH for expanding technologies across diseases and disorders, NIBIB support is driving research to benefit patients and healthcare professionals and promote further biomedical discovery. 

This training program aligns with its participating departments and graduate programs in the belief that as one community we must work together to embrace and celebrate differences for positive impact, positive change, and for the greater good. This work ultimately impacts society and requires a commitment from us all to be change-makers. Specifically, this training program aligns with the NIH commitment to the value of enhancing trainee equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) through proactive outreach, recruitment, retention, and advancement with the goal of impacting the biomedical research field, locally and more broadly. See the NIH commitment to diversity and inclusion at


Aug 29, 2024 - Interfaces Research Symposium - UC San Diego, Franklin Antonio Hall, Room 4202, 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., details to follow

May 7, 2024 - Student Seminar - 1:00-2:00pm, Zoom link, Interfaces Trainees Tyler Bodily and Anson Noland will present their research.

April 23, 2024 - Student Seminar - PFBH, Room 489, 1:00-2:00pm, Interfaces Trainees Natasha Carlson and Sarah Narehood will present their research.

Apr 9, 2024Student Seminar - PFBH, Room 489, 1:00-2:00pm, Interfaces Trainees Dani Gonzalez and Will Sharpless will present their research.

Email announcements will be issued prior to each Student Seminar.

Contact for more information.

Fellowship / Training Opportunities

Students interested in multi-scale, interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply. See our Admissions page for program details. Questions? Please contact