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