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.

Our Goals

  • 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.


  Center for Biomolecular Science & Engineering
1156 High St, Mail Stop CBSE,
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
831-459-1477 ext. 9-1477 | cbseweb@soe.ucsc.edu 

For questions about the UCSC Genome Browser: genome@soe.ucsc.edu

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