Biotech Research And Partnerships
The latter part of the 20th century witnessed
a biological revolution that opened new horizons in the life
sciences and created an entirely new industry: biotechnology.
California's world-class research universities placed the
state at the forefront of that revolution. Home to one-third
of the nation's biotechnology firms, California has more biotech
jobs than all of the other states combined.
During the next half-century, the application of the quantitative sciences mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering to biomedical research brings about a second revolution that promises to improve human health and create dynamic new technologies. Visit these UC Web sites to learn more about how the University of California is charting the future course of biotechnology, genomics and bioinformatics: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/research/biotech.html
UC Systemwide Biotechnology Research and Education
Created to ensure a foundation for future scientific advances through strong new science and the development of highly skilled personnel, this systemwide biotech program provides support for biotech research, promotes graduate and postdoctoral training, and informs government officials, industry leaders and the public about biotech developments and impacts.
Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3)
One of four California Institutes for Science and Innovation, the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research builds on strengths in engineering and physical sciences at UC Berkeley, the mathematical sciences at UC Santa Cruz and the medical sciences at UC San Francisco, as well as on strong biology programs at these three campuses. Check out the latest UCSF campus at Mission Bay.
Biotech research is also conducted at two other California Institutes for Science and Innovation:
California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology - Cal(IT)2
California NanoSystems Institute
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
Joint Genomics Institute (DOE National Laboratories)
The Joint Genomics Institute is a collaboration of the Berkeley, Livermore and Los Alamos laboratories funded by the Department of Energy. Visit Health Research at the National Labs for more UC biotech research.
Berkeley Program in Genomics
Genomic information is revolutionizing the way biological and biomedical problems are defined,m approached and ultimately solved. In Berkeley, over 30 research groups are actively working to develop new technologies for the rapid acquisition of biological information on a genomic scale, exploit these technologies to solve essential biomedical problems, and create new computational approaches to analyzing the resulting data.
Berkeley Graduate Program in Computational and Genomic Biology
Berkeley Center for Integrative Genomics
The Center for Integrative Genomics brings together researchers from several traditionally isolated fields of study to analyze and compare the genome sequences of a broad spectrum of organisms to determine the mechanisms responsible for evolutionary diversity among animals, plants and microbes. Faculty are drawn from a number of academic departments at UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, including molecular and cellular biology, integrative biology, statistics, computer science, bioengineering, plant and microbial biology, biostatistics, mathematics, physics and public health.
Davis Genome Center
The Davis Genome Center will include scientists specializing in gene studies from a multitude of disciplines, including human and animal medicine, engineering, agriculture, and the biological and physical sciences as well as a revitalized pharmacology and toxicology department in the School of Medicine and a group of bioinformatics faculty members. Also visit Davis Biotechnology Program, Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology and Davis Extension biotech/bioinformatics courses.
Irvine Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics
The UC Irvine Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics will educate the next generation of computational biologists and work with established companies, start-ups, government agencies and standards bodies to develop and transfer genomic and bioinformatic technologies to widespread, practical applications. Also visit Irvine's Biomedical Informatics Graduate Training Program.
UCLA Bioinformatics Institute
Involving faculty members from 10 departments, UCLA Bioinformatics brings together the avalanche of systematic biological data genomes with the theory and tools of mathematics and computer science. Also visit Los Angeles Department of Human Genetics.
Riverside Institute for Integrative Genome Biology
In an era of rapid genomics-based discovery, the UC Riverside Institute for Integrative Genome Biology brings a multidisciplinary approach to foster innovations that will make possible advancements in the quality of life from greater agricultural productivity and more nutritious foods to improved human health and environmental quality. The institute will support advanced studies in genomics, gene expression, proteomics, microscopy and bioinformatics, and also includes the Center for Plant Cell Biology. Also visit the University Research Park.
Biotechnology Impacts Center
The rapid pace of technical developments in
genomics has intensified public debate on the social impacts
of biotechnology. The
Biotechnology Impacts Center will serve as an "honest
broker" forum to identify policy issues, act as an information
clearinghouse and initiate research that addresses the potential
benefits and consequences of the genomics revolution.
Diego Biomedical Genomics Microarray Facility
helps meet the needs of multiple labs interested in microarray
technology, which has, together with genome sequencing efforts
resulted in revolutionary changes in how biomedical research
can be done. Differences in the levels of expression for thousands
of genes can be assessed all at the same time in a single,
simple experiment. Also visit the Whitaker
Institute for Biomedical Engineering, UCSD's
Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Program and research
projects in bioinformatics and computational biology.
for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Scripps explores
biotech in the water and new cures under the sea.
Diego Scripps Genome Center
The Scripps Genome Center will harness the vast potential
of studying genomes and genetic coding by combining the latest
in computer and information technology with the existing biological
and marine science leadership at UCSD's Scripps Institution
of Oceanography. The center will address important oceanic
issues as well as those related to human health, the environment
and other areas.
Francisco Biological and Medical Informatics
Recognizing that biology and medicine are rapidly
becoming data-intensive sciences that require the generation,
management, and analysis of complex, heterogeneous information,
UCSF's Biological and Medical
Informatics Graduate Program conducts research and training
to promote the study, use, and development of informatics
technologies for research and more effective patient care.
Also visit UCSF's
Core Facility for Genomics and Proteomics.
Barbara Bioinformatics Laboratory
UCSB Bioinformatics Laboratory provide software tools
for analyzing genomics and proteomics data and applies such
tools in other areas of computer science.
Cruz Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering
Located close to Silicon Valley and the San Francisco
Bay Area biotech community, Santa Cruz 's Center
for Biomolecular Science and Engineering is meeting the
challenges of the post-genomic era resulting from completion
of the Human Genome Project. Also visit the UCSC
Computational Biology group. UCSC is one of the few universities
in the country to offer B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in bioinformatics.