CBSE Academic & Research Partners

Sam Fagg

National Human Genome Research Institute. A division of the National Institutes of Health, NHGRI began with the project to sequence the human genome. Now that the genome sequence is complete, NHGRI supports the development of resources and technology that will accelerate genome research and its application to human health. The NHGRI supports the study of the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genome research and the training of investigators and the dissemination of genome information to the public and to health professionals. The CBSE outreach program receives sponsorship from NHGRI.


In 2000, the University of California created the  California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) as one of four California Institutes for Science and Innovation to drive the state's economy and improve the quality of life for its residents. QB3's domain is the quantitative biosciences, in which scientists take on challenges in molecular biology using the techniques of physics, chemistry, and computer sciences. The QB3 faculty members—professors at UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and UC Santa Cruz—publish regularly in top academic journals, patent their discoveries, and launch spinoff companies. QB3 brings scientists together across disciplines, connects industry and academia in mutually beneficial partnerships, and helps entrepreneurs start successful companies. At UC Santa Cruz, QB3 is run by the Center for Biomolecular Science & Engineering.

RNA Center

The Center for Molecular Biology of RNA promotes the interdisciplinary study of the structure, function, and biological roles of the RNA molecule. Scientists at the RNA center investigate RNA structure using X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy. In connection with the CBSE, the RNA center focuses on the interface between bioinformatics and RNA molecular biology. The RNA center was founded at UCSC in 1992 with a grant from the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust. The RNA center sponsors the internationally recognized biannual RNA Structure Symposium.


The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a nonprofit organization that conducts biomedical research at more than seventy locations in the United States, including UCSC. The Institute's scientists conduct research in cell biology, computational biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, and structural biology. The CBSE includes an HHMI professor, Manuel Ares, and an HHMI investigator, David Haussler. The institute also funds several other staff and research positions within the CBSE.


The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) was established in early 2005 with the passage of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. The statewide ballot measure, which provided $3 billion in funding for stem cell research at California universities and research institutions, was approved by California voters on November 2, 2004, and called for the establishment of a new state agency to make grants and provide loans for stem cell research, research facilities and other vital research opportunities. UC Santa Cruz has a three-year, $1.2 million grant from CIRM to train 3 graduate student and 3 postdocs in in the systems biology of stem cells.

The Science and Justice Working Group brings together faculty and graduate students from all five academic divisions on campus—arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering, and physical and biological sciences—to promote interdisciplinary discussion. The working group is intended to be a creative and dynamic forum for conversation and exchange of perspective.

Baskin School of Engineering

The Jack Baskin School of Engineering at UCSC houses several departments and research organizations, including the CBSE. Dedicated to first-rate education and research programs that integrate the fundamental principles and sound practice of science and engineering, the School strives to serve the needs of the greater Silicon Valley region and the State of California. Program curricula nurture creative thinking and prepare students for productive careers at industrial and academic settings in rapidly evolving areas of science and engineering.

Coriell Institute for Medical Research

Genetic Alliance


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

For questions about the UCSC Genome Browser:

UCSC Home | BSOE Home | CBSE Home | Institute HomeInternal