Research Programs and Units

Bioinformatics expert David Haussler and other UCSC researchers, renowned for their role in the Human Genome Project, are now leaders in the exciting and promising field of cancer genomics.

In addition to individual research projects, UC Santa Cruz people are involved in research on various scales — from small, focused activities within academic divisions, to large research units, some with campuswide scope and others with wider connections to the 10-campus University of California system and beyond.

At UCSC, formal research activities or research groups include the following:

Arts Research Institute

Baskin School of Engineering Research Labs
Bruce Initiative on Rethinking Capitalism

Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO)
Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)
Center for Analytical Finance
Center for Biomolecular Science & Engineering (CBSE)
Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC)
Center for Cultural Studies
Center for Educational Research in the Interest of Underserved Students (CERIUS)
Center for Force Majeure Studies
Center for Games and Playable Media (CGPM)
Center for Global, International & Regional Studies (CGIRS)
Center for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS)
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
Center for Integrated Water Research
Center for Jewish Studies
Center for Labor Studies
Center for Mediterranean Studies / Mediterranean Seminar
Center for Molecular Biology of RNA
Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories
Center for Visual and Performance Studies
Center for World History
Chicano/Latino Research Center (CLRC)

Dickens Project
Digital Humanities Initiative

Educational Partnership Center (EPC)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory

Innovation and Design Lab
Institute for Humanities Research (IHR)
Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3)
Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP)
Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS)

Learning and Experimental Economics Projects of Santa Cruz
Linguistics Research Groups

Monterey Bay Education, Science, and Technology Center (MBEST)

Natural Reserve System, UCSC


Satayajit Ray Film and Study Collection (Ray FASC)
Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP)
Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group (SCPRBG)
Scientific Diving and Boating Safety Program
Silicon Valley Initiatives
Social Practice Arts Research Center

University Affiliated Research Center
University of California Observatories/Lick Observatory (UCO/Lick)