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See a list and links to campus Organized Research Units (ORUs).

BCI - BioCircuits Institute

Jeff Hasty

The BioCircuits Institute (BCI) focuses on understanding the dynamic properties of biological regulatory circuits and pathways that control their homeostasis and signal responsiveness. These circuits span the scales of biology, from intracellular regulatory modules to intercellular and neural networks to organ function and population dynamics. The mission of the BCI is the development and experimental validation of theoretical and computational models which help to understand, predict, and control complex biological functions, as well as implementation of these functions in practical engineering solutions.

CASS - Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences

George Fuller

CASS researchers (faculty affiliated with the departments of Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Chemistry at UCSD) cover the entire wavelength spectrum from radio to gamma-rays, from the earliest visible times in the Universe, to nearby stellar systems, to the Solar system. CASS contains theoreticians, instrument builders, observers, modelers, and simulation experts. Interests range from the Cosmic Microwave Background, formation of the earliest stars and galaxies, the chemical composition of the filamentary structures in the early Universe, galactic and stellar evolution, accretion onto compact objects be they supermassive or stellar mass black holes or neutron stars with a range of magnetic fields. Solar system interests include the testing of General Relativity with lunar laser ranging, Solar mass ejections and space weather, and the composition of comets and asteroids.

CCB - Center for Circadian Biology

Susan Golden

The Mission of the CCB is to: Foster innovative research that reveals the mechanisms, general principles, and applications of biological rhythms in diverse organisms. Provide support for investigators to incorporate the study of daily rhythmicity into their biological studies, particularly as it relates to behavior, physiology and medicine. Form alliances among scientists working in basic and clinical aspects of chronobiology. Mentor undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students in cross-disciplinary approaches through chronobiology research. Produce and disseminate materials for education and scientific advocacy on chronobiology, a topic of intrinsic interest and broad societal relevance.

CCIS - Center for Comparative Immigration Studies

John Skretny David Fitzgerald

CCIS provides a unique institutional home for understanding the challenges and opportunities created by international migration to California, the United States as a whole, and other countries around the world. The CCIS research agenda focuses on Mexican migration to California and comparative, cross-national and cross-regional research on international migratory movements, immigration policy, and citizenship policy. CCIS is the only academic center in the United States specializing in international migration from a broad geographical as well as interdisciplinary perspective, devoting substantial attention to migrant-sending and receiving countries in North America, Europe, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. CCIS-affiliated researchers encompass all of the social sciences, history, arts and humanities, and legal studies; no single discipline dominates CCIS programming. The primary missions of CCIS are to conduct policy-oriented research; train academic researchers, students, and practitioners; and disseminate research conducted under its auspices to academics, policymakers, and NGOs through research seminars, conferences, briefings, publications, the Internet, and the mass media. The Center is also committed to actively collaborating with other academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and local immigrant communities.

cDDI - Center for Drug Discovery Innovation

The Center for Drug Discovery Innovation (cDDI) fosters innovation by stimulating exciting new approaches to the challenges of drug discovery within an academic research environment. The cDDI is a resource assisting UC San Diego faculty engaged in drug discovery projects anywhere on campus. Research outputs include advanced computational design methods and systems pharmacology tools and databases; drug delivery platforms; pharmacogenomic insights and integration of clinical and drug-related databases; crystal structures of therapeutically relevant macromolecules; novel drug targets and assay technologies; and bioactive compounds for use as probes, development leads and candidate drugs. Drug discovery efforts at UC San Diego are interdisciplinary, encompassing multiple departments and academic units, and cDDI collaboration is open to all interested faculty members and research scholars. In addition, the cDDI sponsors and supports seminars to further drug discovery information exchange and collaboration.

CER - Center for Energy Research

Farhat Beg

The Center for Energy Research is an organized research unit at UC San Diego aimed at coordinating and promoting energy research and education. The Center provides a venue for interdisciplinary interactions among UCSD faculty, researchers, students and the public. Members of CER perform basic and applied research in the fields of fusion energy, solar energy, combustion, and related disciplines. The center also serves as a focal point for studies of socio-economic and environmental aspects of energy production and use.

CGJ - Center on Global Justice

Fonna Forman

The CGJ promotes collaborative research among scholars across disciplines, communities, and organizations to achieve more effective and sustainable results in bettering human life, locally and across the globe. Teams converge around a problem and work to design, execute, evaluate, and reiterate strategies, co-producing new knowledge that furthers academic research and illuminates successful protocols for further practice - all while effecting positive change in our region and our world.

The CGJ is presently focused on four research programs: 1. Social Norms in Global Development, on the theory and practice of organized community adoption of beneficial social norms, in the rural village as well as the urban center; 2. Urban Ecologies of Global Justice on the theory and practice of sustainable urban development in the San Diego-Tijuana border region; 3. Global Ethics and Global Cooperation, a forum for critical reflection on big ideas about global responsibility and coordinated global development strategies; and 4. Social Science Research in Action to reactivate a commitment to real-world problem solving in the social sciences. The CGJ also hosts high-profile public events that bring campus and community into more frequent contact.

CHD - Center for Human Development

Terry Jernigan

The Center for Human Development is constituted as an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego. The CHD provides core resources for the community of scholars and investigators throughout the university with research interests in human development, broadly defined. Among the resources available are testing and meeting facilities, administrative and research offices, a centralized web-accessible database and participant registry, pre- and post-award support for contracts and grants, and core support for clinical behavioral assessments, neuroimaging and neurophysiological studies, and statistical and computational modeling. In addition to its research activities the CHD sponsors and supports seminars and workshops to promote intellectual exchange among developmental scholars, and it contributes to the education of undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral fellows with interests in developmental sciences.

CILAS - Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies

David Meras

In addition to offering Latin American curricula at both the undergraduate and graduate level, the Center for Iberian & Latin American Studies at UCSD has distinctive characteristics:

  • A unique combination of resources focused on Latin America, including the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, the Center for U.S. Mexican Studies, the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies and the Institute of the Americas
  • Over eighty full-time Latin American specialists on faculty
  • The deliberate integration of teaching, research, and policy analysis
  • The promotion of interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Active collaboration with colleagues, students, and leaders from Latin America
  • We regard diversity at CILAS as a central organizing principle of our academic community.

For nearly twenty years and in conjunction with San Diego State University, UCSD achieved consistent recognition and support from the U.S. Department of Education as one of the nation's leading centers for the study of Latin America.

CMRR - Center for Memory and Recording Research

Eric Fullerton

CMRR was established at UC San Diego in 1983 to advance the state-of-the-art in information storage technology and to produce highly trained graduate students and postdoctoral professionals for the data storage industry. Pursuing a dynamic, interdisciplinary program of cutting-edge research defined in cooperation with government agencies and industry partners, the Center's faculty, researchers, and students continue to push the frontiers of scientific knowledge and engineering technology to meet society's ever-increasing need for high-performance, reliable, and secure information storage systems.

CRL - Center for Research in Language

Marta Kutas

The Center for Research in Language emphasizes the combination of theoretical and experimental approaches to language study. The main role of the Center is to coordinate research on language at UCSD. The Center brings together members of various scholarly communities whose work includes language learning (spoken and signed), language disorders, literacy between deaf mothers and children, and neuroimaging of language. The Center builds upon UCSD's strengths in neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, and psychology, with internationally-renowned faculty who interact across their home departments. The Center offers pre- and postdoctoral training opportunities to students and researchers who are interested in language acquisition and decline, psycholinguistics, neuroimaging of language, sign languages and gesture, and computational models of language. The Center's facilities, designed to accommodate laboratory research projects by the faculty and graduate students, include high-performance work stations, a flexible open laboratory, extensive equipment for audio recording and analysis, and equipment for psycholinguistic experimentation. The open-lab design promotes effective training of graduate students and helps researchers acquire new experimental methodologies.

FF-21 - Food & Fuel for the 21st Century

Julian Schroeder Steve Mayfield

“Food & Fuel for the 21st Century” (FF-21) will support the development of innovative, sustainable, and commercially viable solutions for the renewable production of food, energy, green chemistry, and bio-products using photosynthetic organisms. FF-21 will incorporate research scientists from the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, economics, and policy. The Center will help facilitate the training of young scientists, including undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars by integrating them into multi-disciplinary research teams. In addition, FF-21 will facilitate the transfer of technology to the commercial sector, as well as facilitate discussions with regional, state, and national policy makers regarding the use of photosynthetic organisms for enhanced food production and energy independence. Membership in the Center is open to all interested faculty members and research scientists/scholars.

IEM - Institute of Engineering in Medicine

Shu Chien

The IEM has over 130 outstanding faculty from UCSD's Schools of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Jacobs School of Engineering, all sharing the objective of translating creative ideas into clinical medicine and novel products that will transform patient care and improve the health and wellbeing of people.

INC - Institute for Neural Computation

Gert Cauwenberghs Terry Seijnowski

The mission of INC is to bring together the diverse research community in the basic sciences, medical, and engineering disciplines at UCSD in advancing and promoting a new science of computation and learning, based on the multiscale, parallel, and highly adaptive architectures found in biological neural systems. INC is committed to worldwide leadership in its research and to work with industrial/clinical partners and the broader community in applying research advances to the benefit of society.

KIBM - Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind

Nick Spitzerhttp://kibm.ucsd.eduNick Spitzer

KIBM is a virtual environment unhampered by disciplinary boundaries, providing scientists with opportunities for effective interdisciplinary integration of research and knowledge. KIBM transcends traditional disciplinary barriers to foster new discourse among top scientists, accelerating discoveries about the connections between mechanism and behavior. KIBM's mission is to support research that furthers understanding of the origins, evolution and mechanisms of human cognition, from the brain's physical and biochemical machinery to the experiences and behaviors called the mind. KIBM leverages UC San Diego's preeminence in such fields as neuroscience, biology, cognitive science, psychology and medicine, along with the extensive resources of the broader La Jolla scientific community, to extend its position as the pacesetter in brain-mind research and education, and as a vibrant hub for dissemination of its discoveries to advance science and benefit humankind.

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