Ahead of the Curve
Tackling the biggest challenges of our time demands a fresh approach. At UC San Diego, we’ve broken out of traditional academic silos to assemble cross-disciplinary, flexible research teams with a common purpose: to further our understanding of how the world works and the actions we can take to make it a better place.
Our work connects students with the community. Our discoveries impact people around the globe.
23 researchers, students and staff participated in 2017’s international climate talks in Paris
Microbiome researcher Rob Knight co-founded the American Gut Project to engage citizen scientists
Toy robot MiP was named a Product of the Future by Popular Science
Scripps researchers helped bring clean-energy cooking stoves to rural India
More than 100 faculty are working on standards for microbiome research
Engineers received a $1 million grant to improve robots in factories
A Legacy of Leadership to Address Our Changing Climate
Laying the Foundation
UC San Diego’s long-term commitment to climate change research dates to the 1950s with the scientific hypothesis that humanity’s use of fossil fuel causes environmental change.Climate Change Research
Interdisciplinary Global Research
Our collaborative interdisciplinary research culture is advancing the frontiers of climate science in four broad themes: Climate Science and Impacts, Adaptation and Solutions, Policy and Climate Justice.Research Themes
Climate Change Research Centers
Organized research units include researchers and professors from various departments working together to understand and protect the planet as they focus on specific climate change impacts.Research Centers
Tackling changes and challenges with robotics
Computer vision experts are working on technology to make autonomous vehicles safer. Their most recent breakthrough: enabling cars to pinpoint the location of pedestrians and vehicles.
Engineers and cognitive scientists are exploring how to deploy robots for education, including toy robots to inspire future engineers and robots as teaching tools in early childhood education.
From home companion robots assisting with eldercare, to nano-robots capable of directed drug delivery and toxin removal, advances in robotics will transform health care.Learn More
Studying communities of bacteria, viruses and fungi for better health
National Microbiome Initiative
UC San Diego is a driving force in the White House’s National Microbiome Initiative, an effort to better understand how the bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms living among us influence our health.
Center for Microbiome Innovation
Interdisciplinary research teams are exploring how to harness microbial communities to better manage diseases such as asthma, diabetes and obesity, and to address pressing environmental challenges.
Developing a Microbiome Workforce
The Microbial Sciences Graduate Research Initiative is training the next-generation of cross-disciplinary researchers equipped with the strong quantitative skills needed for this emerging field.Learn More
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.