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A global research university with an uncommon emphasis on undergraduate research and education, UC Santa Cruz is part of the world’s most celebrated system of public higher education, and stands among the most renowned institutions of higher learning.

Research news

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New long-term NIH grant supports breast cancer research

Cancers are easier to treat if caught early. Shaheen Sikandar, assistant professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology, was awarded up to seven years of funding from the National Cancer Institute to study the process of metastasis in breast cancer.

The bioprotonic system. A DNA nanopore sits in a lipid bilayer as an electrode sends a stream of protons through the channel. (Illustration by Molly Fine)

Novel device combines nanopores with electronic signals for disease detection

Research led by Marco Rolandi, professor of electrical and computer engineering, shows the power of bioprotonic nanopores for disease detection.

Chancellor Cynthia Larive (center), Vice Chancellor for Research John MacMillan (right), and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Business Engagement Ryan Sharp (left) highlighted the campus's innovation and entrepenurship intitaitves. (Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta)

Campus leaders showcase innovation, entrepreneurship efforts to special Regents committee

UC Santa Cruz’s research impact has been on a strong upward trajectory, with a roughly 63 percent increase in extramural funding over the past five years.

Real-world experience

Undergraduates have the unique opportunity to participate in world-class research, both creative and scientific, at UC Santa Cruz. Both undergrad and graduate students gain academic experience and career exploration as they engage in the pursuit of knowledge.

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Research with impact

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Research programs and units

The campus’s research activities range from small groups within academic departments to large units with connections outside UC Santa Cruz.

Research support

The Office of Research is dedicated to working collaboratively with the UC Santa Cruz community to advance research and demonstrate its impact.

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