CBSE promotes and supports genomic and stem cell research, technology innovation, and education.
An umbrella organization of the Jack Baskin School of Engineering and the Division of Physical & Biological Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the center supports a vast array of biological and engineering research that is fueling biomedical advances and the biotechnology explosion.
CBSE's roots go back to 1985, when UCSC scientists met with a group of international visionaries at a conference hosted by Chancellor Sinsheimer, a meeting that triggered the inception of the Human Genome Project. Fifteen years later, UCSC scientists helped the Human Genome Project reach a stunning milestone by providing the computational solution that produced the first assembly of the human genome, the map of our genetic make-up. Out of these accomplishments and a growing interest in cross-disciplinary science grew the Center for Biomolecular Science & Engineering. The center fosters interdisciplinary research and academic programs that address the scientific questions of the post-genomic era.
- Promote interdisciplinary research in areas that encompass the study of genomic information and structural biology
- Support the UCSC Genome Browser and the UCSC Cancer Genomics Browser, crucial resources for the international scientific community
- Support core facilities, such as the computational cluster used for the UCSC Genome Browser and genomic research, the microarray facility, and embryonic stem cell facilities
- Help meet the need for trained professionals in industry and academia by developing training programs in the areas of bioinformatics and biomolecular engineering
- Attract research funding for the center, for affiliated faculty, and for students from federal, state, and private agencies
- Cultivate and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with industry through research collaborations, internship opportunities, and gifting programs.