UC San Diego SearchMenu

Research Specialties

Biochemistry and Biophysics

Biochemistry and biophysics are interdisciplinary research tools applied for solving biological problems at the level of molecular mechanism and structure. Biochemical and biophysical research is advancing the frontiers of research in the basic life sciences by, for example, elucidating mechanisms of drug action and enabling rational drug design.

Name Section Title
Aroian, Raffi     CDB Professor
Baker, Timothy     MB Professor/Chemistry and Biochemistry
Berg, Darwin     Neuro Distinguished Professor
Choe, Seunghyon (Salk Faculty)   MB Adjunct Professor
Crawford, Nigel     CDB Professor
Collins, Eva-Maria Schoetz CDB Assistant Professor
David, Michael     MB Professor
Doolittle, Russell   (em.) MB Research Professor
Emerson, Beverly (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor
Estelle, Mark     CDB Distinguished Professor
Geiduschek, E.   (em.) MB Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Hampton, Randolph     CDB Professor
Johnson, Tracy     MB Associate Adjunct Professor
Jun, Suckjoon MB Assistant Professor
Kadonaga, James     MB Distinguished Professor
Macagno, Eduardo     CDB Professor
Montal, S.     Neuro Distinguished Professor
O'Shea, Clodagh (Salk Faculty)   Assistant Adjunct Professor
Scheffler, Immo     MB Professor Emeritus
Schroeder, Julian     CDB Distinguished Professor
Shaw, Reuben (Salk Faculty)   Hearst Endorsement Assistant Adjunct Professor
Smith, Douglas   (em.) MB Professor Emeritus
Subramani, Suresh     MB Distinguished Professor
Wang, Lei (Salk Faculty)   Assistant Adjunct Professor and Ferederick B. Rentschler Developmental Chair
Wasserman, Steven     CDB Professor
Wang, Lei (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor and Frederick B. Rentschler Developmental Chair

Cell and Developmental Biology

Together, cell and developmental biology reveal the step‐by‐step transition from molecules to morphology to tissue function. Such studies provide an understanding of how variations in molecules and pathways result in morphological and functional diversity in plants and animals. Research in this area also reveal the mechanisms of how cellular and developmental processes go awry in disease, and how stem cells can regenerate tissues.

Name Section Title
Aroian, Raffi     CDB Professor
Bennett, Eric     CDB Assistant Professor
Berg, Darwin     Neuro Distinguished Professor
Bier, Ethan     CDB Professor
Briggs, Steven     CDB Distinguished Professor
Chisholm, Andrew     Neuro/CDB Professor
Chory, Joanne (Salk Faculty)   CDB Adjunct Professor
Chrispeels, Maarten   (em.) CDB Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Collins, Eva-Maria Schoetz CDB Assistant Professor
David, Michael     MB Professor
Ecker, Joseph (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor
Estelle, Mark     CDB Distinguished Professor
Firtel, Richard     CDB Associate Dean/Distinguished Professor
Forbes, Douglass     CDB Professor
Golden, James     MB Professor
Halpain, Shelley     Neuro Professor
Hampton, Randolph     CDB Professor
Jamora, Colin     CDB Assistant Professor
Kadonaga, James     MB Distinguished Professor
Kiger, Amy     CDB Associate Professor
Kintner, Christopher (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor
Kristan, William     Neuro Distinguished Professor and Chair
Loomis, William     CDB Distinguished Professor
Lykke-Andersen, Jens     MB Professor
Macagno, Eduardo     CDB Professor
Markow, Therese     CDB Amylin Chair in Life Sciences and Professor
Mcginnis, William     CDB Distinguished Professor and Dean
Panda, Satchin (Salk Faculty)   Associate Adjunct Professor
Pasquinelli, Amy     MB Professor and Vice Chair
Pogliano, Kit   MB Professor
Posakony, James CDB Professor
Price, Paul MB Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Pruneda-Paz, Jose CDB Assistant Professor
Scheffler, Immo MB Professor Emeritus
Schroeder, Julian CDB Distinguished Professor
Spector, Deborah (SoM, UCSD Adjunct) MB Adjunct Professor/Professor of Medicine
Spitzer, Nicholas Neuro Distinguished Professor
Subramani, Suresh MB Distinguished Professor
Suel, Gurol MB Associate Professor
Tour, Ella CDB Lecturer with Potential of Security of Employment
Traver, David CDB Associate Professor/CMM
Troemel, Emily CDB Associate Professor
Wang, Jean (SoM, UCSD Adjunct) MB Adjunct Professor/Professor of Medicine
Wasserman, Steven CDB Professor
Wilhelm, James CDB Associate Professor
Yanofsky, Martin CDB Distinguished Professor and Chair
Yelon, Deborah CDB Professor and Vice Chair
Wang, Lei (Salk Faculty) Adjunct Professor and and Nomis Foundation Chair
Zhao, Yunde CDB Associate Professor

Ecology Behavior and Evolution

These allied fields explore biology at the level of individual organisms, populations, species and communities. Research includes the study of patterns of distribution and abundance of organisms (Ecology), behavioral adaptations to environment and social challenges (Behavior), and processes and patterns of evolutionary change (Evolution), as well as the application of these disciplines to the conversation of biodiversity.

Name Section Title
Chao, Lin     EBE Professor
Cleland, Elsa     EBE Assistant Professor
Collins, Eva-Maria Schoetz CDB Assistant Professor
Holway, David     EBE Professor
Kohn, Joshua     EBE Professor and Chair
Kurle, Carolyn     EBE Assistant Professor
Nieh, James     EBE Professor and Vice Chair
Rifkin, Scott     EBE Assistant Professor
Roy, Kaustuv     EBE Professor
Shurin, Jonathan     Professor
Suel, Gurol   MB Associate Professor
Wills, Christopher   (em.) EBE Professor Emeritus
Woodruff, David     EBE Professor

Genetics and Molecular Biology

Genetics and molecular biology are both disciplines (the study of heredity and of gene expression) and experimental approaches (manipulation of genes and gene expression). A recently explosion in this area is the widespread role of small RNAs such as microRNAs in the regulation of gene expression. Model organism genetics and genomics play a prominent role in these areas.

Name Section Title
Allen, Eric     MB Assistant Professor/Marine Biology
Aroian, Raffi     CDB Professor
Bier, Ethan     CDB Professor
Brody, Stuart     MB Professor Emeritus
Chisholm, Andrew     Neuro/CDB Professor
Choe, Seunghyon (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor
David, Michael     MB Professor
Emerson, Beverly (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor
Estelle, Mark     CDB Distinguished Professor
Evans, Ronald (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor and March of Dimes Chair in Molecular and Developmental Biology
Feng, Gen     MB Professor/Pathology
Firtel, Richard     CDB Associate Dean/Distinguished Professor
Gage, Fred (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Diseases
Geiduschek, E.   (em.) MB Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Golden, James     MB Professor
Golden, Susan     MB Distinguished Professor
Goldrath, Ananda     MB Associate Professor
Hasty, Jeff     MB Professor/Bioengineering
Helinski, Donald   (em.) MB Professor Emeritus
Hetzer, Martin (Salk Faculty)   Hearst Endorsement Associate Adjunct Professor
Hunter, Anthony (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor and American Cancer Society Professor
Hwa, Terence     MB Professor/Physics
Johnson, Tracy     MB Associate Adjunct Professor
Jones, Katherine (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor
Jun, Suckjoon MB Assistant Professor
Kadonaga, James     MB Distinguished Professor
Karlseder, Jan (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor
Kiger, Amy     CDB Associate Professor
Lu, Li-Fan     MB Assistant Professor
Lykke-Andersen, Jens     MB Professor
Macagno, Eduardo     CDB Professor
Mayfield, Stephen MB Director, San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology and John Dove Isaacs Chair of Natural Philosophy Professor
McGinnis, William CDB Distinguished Professor and Dean
Niwa Rosen, Maho MB Associate Professor
O'Shea, Clodagh (Salk Faculty) Assistant Adjunct Professor
Pasquinelli, Amy MB Professor and Vice Chair
Pfaff, Samuel (Salk Faculty) Adjunct Professor and Helen McLoraine Developmental Chair in Neurobiology
Pillus, Lorraine MB Professor and Chair
Pogliano, Joseph MB Professor
Pogliano, Kit MB

Professor

Posakony, James CDB Professor
Saier, Milton MB Professor
Scheffler, Immo MB Professor Emeritus
Schroeder, Julian CDB Distinguished Professor
Shaw, Reuben (Salk Faculty) Hearst Endorsement Assistant Adjunct Professor
Smith, Douglas (em.) MB Professor Emeritus
Smith, Laurie CDB Professor
Spector, Deborah (SoM, UCSD Adjunct) MB Adjunct Professor/Professor of Medicine
Subramani, Suresh MB Distinguished Professor
Suel, Gurol MB Associate Professor
Traver, David CDB Asssociate Professor/CMM
Troemel, Emily CDB Associate Professor
Verma, Inder (Salk Faculty) Adjunct Professor, Irwin Mark Jacobs Chair in Exemplary Life Science and American Cancer Society Professor
Wahl, Geoffrey (Salk Faculty) Adjunct Professor
Wang, Jean (SoM, UCSD Adjunct) MB Adjunct Professor/Professor of Medicine
Wang, Lei (Salk Faculty) Assistant Adjunct Professor and Ferederick B. Rentschler Developmental Chair
Wasserman, Steven CDB Professor
Weitzman, Matthew (Salk Faculty) Associate Adjunct Professor and Pioneer Developmental Chair
Wills, Christopher (em.) EBE Professor Emeritus
Xu, Yang MB Professor
Wang, Lei (Salk Faculty) Adjunct Professor and and Nomis Foundation Chair
Zhang, Dong-er MB Professor/Pathology
Zheng, YeSalk Faculty MB Assistant Adjunct Professor
Zuniga, Elina MB Associate Professor

Immunology, Virology and Cancer Biology

Researchers in this area investigate adaptive and non-adaptive responses to non-self and some self substances, as well as the interrelationship of viruses and certain human malignancies, as part of research into infection, inflammation, allergy, cancer, and autoimmune disorders.

Name Section Title
Baker, Timothy     MB Professor/Chemistry and Biochemistry
David, Michael     MB Professor
Emerson, Beverly (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor
Goldrath, Ananda     MB Assistant Professor
Hedrick, Stephen     MB Distinguished Professor/CMM
Lu, Li-Fan     MB Assistant Professor
Murre, Cornelis     MB Distinguished Professor
O'Shea, Clodagh (Salk Faculty)   Assistant Adjunct Professor
Shaw, Reuben (Salk Faculty)   Hearst Endorsement Assistant Adjunct Professor
Spector, Deborah (SoM, UCSD Adjunct)   MB Adjunct Professor/Professor of Medicine
Wahl, Geoffrey (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor
Wang, Jean (SoM, UCSD Adjunct)   MB Adjunct Professor/Professor of Medicine
Weitzman, Matthew (Salk Faculty)   Associate Adjunct Professor and Pioneer Developmental Chair
Wills, Christopher   (em.) EBE Professor Emeritus
Xu, Yang     MB Professor
Wang, Lei (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor and and Nomis Foundation Chair
Zhang, Dong-er     MB Professor/Pathology
Zheng, YeSalk Faculty MB Assistant Adjunct Professor
Zuniga, Elina     MB Associate Professor

Neurobiology

Neurobiology research groups are examining how neurons make synaptic connections to form networks in the brain, and how the networks function to generate complex behaviors, including memory and consciousness. New approaches are emerging to answer fundamental questions extending from the molecular level up through systems and circuits and on to behavioral readout, computational analysis and modeling of brain function.

Name Section Title
Berg, Darwin     Neuro Distinguished Professor
Bier, Ethan     CDB Professor
Bloodgood, Brenda Neuro Assistant Professor
Chisholm, Andrew     Neuro/CDB Professor
Collins, Eva-Maria Schoetz CDB Assistant Professor
Fortes, P.     Neuro Associate Professor
Gage, Fred (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Diseases
Ghosh, Anirvan     Neuro Adjunct Professor
Goulding, Martyn (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor
Halpain, Shelley     Neuro Professor
Huberman, Andrew     Neuro Assistant Professor/Neurosciences
Jin, Yishi     Neuro Professor/CMM
Kleinfeld, David     Neuro Professor
Komiyama, Takaki     Neuro Assistant Professor/Neurosciences
Kristan, William     Neuro Distinguished Professor and Chair
Lee, Kuo (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor
Leutgeb, Jill     Neuro Assistant Professor
Leutgeb, Stefan     Neuro Assistant Professor
Macagno, Eduardo     CDB Professor
Malinow, Roberto     Neuro Professor/Neurosciences
Montal, S.     Neuro Distinguished Professor
O'Leary, Dennis (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor
Patrick, Gentry     Neuro Associate Professor
Pfaff, Samuel (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor and Helen McLoraine Developmental Chair in Neurobiology
Posakony, James     CDB Professor
Reinagel, Pamela     Neuro Associate Professor
Scanziani, Massimo     Neuro Professor
Sejnowski, Terrence     Neuro Distinguished Professor/Neurosciences
Slesinger, Paul (Salk Faculty)   Associate Adjunct Professor/Neurosciences
Spitzer, Nicholas   Neuro Distinguished Professor
Thomas, John (Salk Faculty) Adjunct Professor
Wang, Jing Neuro Associate Professor
Wang, Lei (Salk Faculty) Adjunct Professor and Frederick B. Rentschler Developmental Chair
Zou, Yimin Neuro Professor and Vice Chair

Plant Molecular Biology

Members of this group use plant models to address questions of broad interest, including the generation of plant form, circadian rhythms, responses to environmental change, plant nutrition, soil detoxification, signaling network architecture, and the production of therapeutic proteins and biofuels.

Name Section Title
Briggs, Steven     CDB Distinguished Professor
Chory, Joanne (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor
Chrispeels, Maarten   (em.) CDB Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Crawford, Nigel     CDB Professor
Ecker, Joseph (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor
Mayfield, Stephen     MB Director, San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology and John Dove Isaacs Chair of Natural Philosophy Professor
Schroeder, Julian     CDB Distinguished Professor
Smith, Laurie     CDB Professor
Yanofsky, Martin     CDB Distinguished Professor and Chair

Signal Transduction

Fundamentally, signal transduction research explores how a cell knows what to do and when to do it. Understanding the complex series of inter-connected cascades inside the cell will eventually provide a detailed roadmap for how cells work. Signal transduction research provides the unique opportunity to uncover the basis of human disease and ultimately the development of novel therapeutic strategies to treat cancer, cardiovascular, neurological and metabolic disorders.

Name Section Title
Berg, Darwin     Neuro Distinguished Professor
Bier, Ethan     CDB Professor
David, Michael     MB Professor
Feng, Gen     MB Professor/Pathology
Firtel, Richard     CDB Associate Dean/Distinguished Professor
Hedrick, Stephen     MB Distinguished Professor/CMM
Kiger, Amy     CDB Associate Professor
Loomis, William     CDB Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Lykke-Andersen, Jens     MB Professor
Macagno, Eduardo     CDB Professor
Montal, S.     Neuro Distinguished Professor
O'Shea, Clodagh (Salk Faculty)   Assistant Adjunct Professor
Posakony, James     CDB Professor
Scheffler, Immo     MB Professor Emeritus
Schroeder, Julian     CDB Distinguished Professor
Spitzer, Nicholas     Neuro Distinguished Professor
Wang, Lei (Salk Faculty)   Adjunct Professor and Frederick B. Rentschler Developmental Chair
Wasserman, Steven     CDB Professor
Xu, Yang     MB Professor

Systems Biology

Systems biology investigates systems of biological information at all levels of resolution, from molecules of DNA in the genome, through RNA, proteins, complexes, pathways and signaling networks, cells, tissues, and entire organisms. Reasoning over information at all these levels, meaningfully integrating such datasets, and uncovering the properties of these systems is the main challenge of systems biology.

Name Section Title
Briggs, Steven     CDB Distinguished Professor
Estelle, Mark     CDB Distinguished Professor
Halpain, Shelley     Neuro Professor
Hasty, Jeff     MB Professor/Bioengineering
Johnson, Tracy     MB Associate Adjunct Professor
Jun, Suckjoon    MB Assistant Professor
Macagno, Eduardo     CDB Professor
Murre, Cornelis     MB Distinguished Professor
Nieh, James     EBE Professor
Rifkin, Scott     EBE Assistant Professor
Saier, Milton     MB Professor
Schroeder, Julian     CDB Distinguished Professor
Suel, Gurol   MB Associate Professor
Zhao, Yunde     CDB Associate Professor