• Dulcis & Spitzer

    Development - cellular plastic circuits (Davide Dulcis & Nick Spitzer)

  • Kiger lab

    How cells maintain subcellular organization is key to understanding and treating myopathy and neuropathy (Inês Ribeiro, Kiger lab)

  • David lab

    The thymic medulla produces lots of interferon, even in the absence of infection (Dennis C. Otero, David lab)

  • Christopher Wills

    Cranes flying and standing in corn on Staten Island (Christopher Wills)


Our research faculty are at the forefront of scientific discovery in their respective fields. Their cutting edge research addresses some of the most perplexing and urgent issues of our time, from cures for cancer and diabetes to understanding neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's, from cleaning up the environment to protecting the world's food supply, from looking for biofuel alternatives to petroleum to understanding climate change and its effects on all forms of life.

Academic Sections

Within the division, research is organized under four department-like sections. Find out more about faculty and research pursued in these Academic Sections, or visit a fuller description of the subtopics.

Research Environment

The Division of Biological Sciences is at the nexus of the larger La Jolla Mesa Biomedical Research Community, recognized as one of the premier biomedical research centers in the world. The UC San Diego main campus, School of Medicine, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography comprise hundreds of individual laboratories that create a vibrant, research-oriented environment.

Our most important scientific tie is with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.We formalized this partnership by creating a joint graduate program, the Affiliated Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences. The wider research community includes—among others—the Sandford/Burnham Institute, the Scripps Research Institute, the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, and the Neurosciences Institute.