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As a billion-dollar research enterprise situated in the heart of one of the most densely concentrated innovation hubs in the nation, UC San Diego is a unique place where fresh ideas are translated into solutions to benefit society—from climate science and the human microbiome to nanotechnology and social mobility.

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We are not afraid to take a chance on an unlikely idea. Our penchant for experimentation has led us to reimagine the world.

Annual research funding tops $1 billion

16 Nobel laureates have taught on campus

Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide

2,500+ active inventions

1,870+ total active U.S and foreign patents

1,000+ companies currently license or have formerly used technology created at UC San Diego

5th in the nation for total research expenditures

National Science Foundation

6th in the nation for total research output


Twenty-two UC San Diego scientists and physicians are among the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”

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A Drug Lord and the World’s
Largest Invasive Animal

Zoo built by ‘Cocaine King’ Pablo Escobar gives UC San Diego biologists rare chance to study ecological impact of hippos gone rogue

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Breakthroughs in the News

What’s in Your Gut?

May 17, 2018

What’s in Your Gut?

New Blood Test Rapidly Detects Signs of Pancreatic Cancer

May 17, 2018

New Blood Test Rapidly Detects Signs of Pancreatic Cancer

We Need You: Join All of Us to Advance Precision Medicine

May 10, 2018

We Need You: Join All of Us to Advance Precision Medicine

Real-Life Opportunities

Realize your entrepreneurial goals. Explore research opportunities and ways to jumpstart your big ideas.

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Our scholars leverage multidisciplinary collaborations and lead the way to new discoveries that transform lives. By promoting a culture of experimentation and fresh thinking, we arrive at unexpected answers that have a lasting impact.

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From identifying funding opportunities to moving inventions to the marketplace, we offer a supportive infrastructure to help you get your projects off the ground.

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Ranked among the nation’s top public academic research libraries, the UC San Diego Library plays an integral role in advancing and supporting the university’s research, teaching and public service missions. Find the resources you need with more than seven million digital and print volumes, journals and multimedia materials.

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