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Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of MCD Biology James Ackman
I study self-organization in the developing brain. This includes observing and mapping neural dynamics across the cerebral hemispheres to understand the emergence of function and dysfunction in the cerebrum.
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My research investigates Physics beyond the Standard Model, especially theories with supersymmetry.
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I study the formation, nature, and evolution of the universe, focusing primarily on the model of eternal inflation and what it means for the beginning of the universe and time.
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I am a science correspondent reporting on biological and social sciences, from genetics and stem cells, through ecology and conservation, to psychology and psychiatry.
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I use a combination of mathematical theory, field research and lab experiments to understand the evolution and ecology of reproduction and how social interactions among individuals arise and evolve.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Physics Wolfgang Altmannshofer
I am a theoretical particle physicist. I study the properties and interactions of the known fundamental building blocks of matter and develop ideas to search for new elementary particles.
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My research team works on the mechanisms and regulation of splicing. Splicing is required to remove intron sequences from pre-mRNA and create coding sequences for translation.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of MCD Biology Joshua Arribere
I investigate the molecular biology of mRNA and protein metabolism.
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I helped conceive and develop the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Large Area Telescope.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology Vicki Auerbuch-Stone
I study how bacterial pathogens cause disease and work to develop new antimicrobial compounds that target an important bacterial appendage called the type III secretion system.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Alexander Ayzner
I am a physical chemists interested in understanding the influence of molecular and macromolecular structure of small-molecule and polymeric organic semiconductors on the efficiency and dynamics of light harvesting.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics Natalie Batalha
I detect and characterize planets orbiting other stars (exoplanets), studying them as a population, with the goal of identifying where the most likely cradles of life are located.
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I study experimental particle physics.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Ocean Sciences Claudie Beaulieu
My research is interested in quantifying ocean and climate variability and change through advanced statistical tools.
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I work on marine conservation across science, business, and policy to bring clear tools to decision-makers. My focus is building coastal resilience to reduce risks to people, property, and nature.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Physics David Belanger
I am interested in novel magnetic materials. Recent work has focused on magnetic ordering in LaCoO3 single crystals, nanoparticles, and thin films using neutron scattering, x-ray scattering, and magnetometry.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Ilan Benjamin
My research is focused on the theoretical study of the microscopic dynamics of chemical reactions in the condensed phase. This includes chemical reactions in bulk solution and at surfaces.
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My research focuses on understanding speciation mechanisms in marine organisms, using fishes as model systems. My approach investigates two different fields of molecular evolution: molecular phylogenetics and population genetics.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of MCD Biology Needhi Bhalla
I study the mechanisms that ensure that chromosomes segregate correctly during cell division, particularly in meiosis.
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My research focuses on the acquisition, improvement, and application of high-precision U-Pb geochronologic data to ultimately permit us to understand more about Earth processes.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of MCD Biology Hinrich Boeger
My research is concerned with the structure and dynamics of chromatin at gene regulatory elements. I use molecular biological and biophysical methods, including electron and fluorescence microscopy and yeast genetics.
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My research interests include physical oceanography, physical-biological interactions, fisheries oceanography, climate variability, upper-ocean circulation and dynamics, coastal oceanography, North Pacific Ocean, electronic tagging of animals, field measurements, time series analysis.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics Michael Bolte
My research involves observations of the oldest stars and star clusters in the Galaxy to better understand the first epoch of star formation in the Universe.
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I research the theory of finite groups, their representations, and applications to algebraic number theory.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Rebecca Braslau
I investigate synthetic organic chemistry approaches to develop new materials for applications in nanotechnology, the polymer industry, and biomedicine. My specialties are nitroxides and internal plasticization of PVC.
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My research interests include globular star clusters and galaxy formation.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences Emily Brodsky
Why do earthquakes start? What makes them get big? Why do they stop? I am trying to answer these questions by studying earthquake triggering, hydrogeology, fault zone structure and friction.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Researcher of Astronomy & Astrophysics Kevin Bundy
I combine astronomical "big data" with telescopes to study how galaxies grow and evolve. I also develop instrumentation to peer inside vast numbers of distant galaxies soon after they formed.
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My research interests are in marine wildlife conservation.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology Manel Camps
I use molecular genetic and computational approaches to study the biological consequences of random changes in genetic information mutations that occur spontaneously or as a result of environmental insults.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of MCD Biology Susan Carpenter
I study the molecular mechanisms involved in protection against infection. I'm specifically focused on the processes that lead to inflammation to determine the role that lncRNAs play in these pathways.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Mark Carr
I study how the ocean environment and species interactions shape coastal marine ecosystems. I use this information to inform conservation and management, including marine protected areas and ecosystem-based management.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology Raquel Chamorro-Garcia
I investigate how environmental exposures modulate genome expression across generations, with an emphasis on the environmental contribution to human disease.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Shaowei Chen
I research functional nanomaterials and develop new electrochemical energy technologies.
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I use genetic loss-of-function and gain-of-function approaches to investigate genes that regulate the differentiation of homogeneous neural stem cells into the diverse neuronal phenotypes that populate the mature cerebral cortex.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences Patrick Chuang
I research the interaction among clouds, aerosols, and climate. Clouds are among the most poorly understood components of the climate system, limiting our ability to predict how Earth's climate changes.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences Matthew Clapham
I study ancient extinction events to test how marine organisms can survive climate change and other environmental perturbations, focusing on the role of ecological and physiological characteristics.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Dan Costa
I study how climate change and anthropogenic stressors affect animals. Of particular interest is how physiology constrains the ability of animals to respond to change.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Don Croll
My research brings science and action together to solve conservation problems. Much of my work is focused on seabirds and island ecosystems.
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I study theoretical astrophysics.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Physics Michael Dine
I conduct research in theoretical physics, especially elementary particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Work includes studies of the Standard Model and Physics Beyond, cosmic inflation, dark matter and dark energy.
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My research interests span STEM education and learning, physiological ecology, and marine mammal related topics.
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I use ocean models to investigate dynamics of the coastal ocean, including the physical circulation, ocean ecosystem processes, and mechanisms for larval transport with implications for marine population connectivity.
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I research how protein environments tune ligand pathways and metal-based prosthetic groups in the respiratory heme-copper oxidases (HCOs) and nitric oxide reductases (NORs) to support specific catalytic functions under varying physiological conditions.
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My focus is in chemistry education, particularly developing engaging and supportive learning environments for large enrollment courses that increase the performance and retention of historically underrepresented students in STEM.
President Obama congratulates Sandra Faber after awarding her the National Medal of Science. (Photo by Ryan K Morris/National Science & Technology Medals Foundation)
My research is focused on using the lookback power of large telescopes to study the formation and evolution of galaxies.
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I work on sensor technology development, making ATLAS ITk Strip Modules, prototype strip modules, ASIC testing, and data transmission.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of MCD Biology David Feldheim
I am interested in how the mammalian visual system develops, how retinal circuitry contributes to perception, and how the brain integrates information within the visual system and between sensory areas.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences Nicole Feldl
My research interests include climate sensitivity and feedbacks, global circulations, and the atmospheric hydrological cycle. Through climate modeling, I study the physical mechanisms underlying past and future climate changes.
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I primarily study how interactions between physical, biological and chemical processes shape the response of coastal marine ecosystem from planktonic organisms to mid and higher trophic level species.
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I study impacts to wildlife with an emphasis on contaminant-induced effects. Specifically, I generate data to inform conservation solutions for at-risk species by identifying problems, quantifying impacts, and promoting solutions.
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I study geomorphology and the physical processes that erode and transport material on Earth's surface.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences Andrew Fisher
My research solves problems in surface water-groundwater interactions, managed recharge, geothermics, hydrothermal circulation, coupled flows (fluid-heat-solutes), water quality, and development/use of new hydrologic tools and techniques.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics Ryan Foley
I use telescopes to discover and characterize astrophysical transients such as supernovae, gravitational wave events, and other exploding stars.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics Jonathan Fortney
My research interests include the interiors and atmospheres of planets in and out of the solar system. I work to understand planets as classes of astrophysical objects.
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I research the effects of interactions on community structure and dynamics, especially plant-herbivore and three- trophic-level interactions. I am particularly interested in resource use, plant defenses and the role of nutrients.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Researcher of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Ari Friedlaender
I am focused on using new biotelemetry technology to understand the underwater behavior and ecology of marine mammals.
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I use population and molecular genetic methods to provide biological inference regarding a broad range of questions in ecology, evolution, conservation and management of marine and aquatic species.
Portrait of UC Observatories Staff Astronomer Elinor Gates
My research interests include laser guide star adaptive optics, near-infrared camera technologies, and quasar host galaxies.
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My research interests are physics beyond the standard model, higgs physics & electroweak symmetry breaking, dark matter & dark sectors, collider physics, flavor models & cp violation, and neutrino physics.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences Gary Griggs
My research is focused on the coastal zone and ranges from coastal evolution and development, through shoreline processes, coastal hazards and coastal engineering, and sea level rise.
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I work with ATLAS and the Heavy Photon Search experiments at CERN.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics Raja GuhaThakurta
My research is focused on the formation and evolution of galaxies—specifically, their accretion/cannibalism history, dark matter content, chemical enrichment, and star formation history.
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My research addresses theoretical and phenomenological aspects of high energy elementary particle physics with special attention to the role of the Higgs boson and new fundamental particles not yet discovered.
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My research is motivated by Earth’s history. In the age of man-made alteration of the environment it is becoming a high priority to understand natural geochemical, biological and physical Earth System processes.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Physics Michael Hance
With the SCIPP ATLAS group, I search for new fundamental particles and interactions in high-energy particle collisions, and prepare for the next generation of particle colliders.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of MCD Biology Grant Hartzog
I am interested in understanding the role chromatin plays in gene expression and the mechanisms by which chromatin structure is manipulated to regulate transcription.
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I am the director of the Science Communication Program. I report on biomedical research, emerging technologies, scientific trends, and ethics in science.
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My research focuses on understanding how fish distributions are affected by environmental variables at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
Lindsay Hinck, Professor of Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology
My research is interested in understanding how epithelial cells assemble into organs during development, and how the reverse process occurs during cancer when cells disassemble and metastasize to inappropriate locations.
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I am in charge of the Automated Planet Finder (APF), a 2.4m robotic telescope at Lick Observatory. My responsibilities range from scheduling the telescope to replacing power supplies.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Ted Holman
My research team investigates how lipoxygenases are involved in inflammation. Specifically, we interrogate the mechanism, inhibition, and lipidomics of lipoxygenase activity to develop therapeutics for stroke, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.
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I study structural geology, tectonics, and thermochronology.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Physics Tesla Jeltema
My research focuses on observational cosmology and particle astrophysics, including constraints on the nature of dark matter and dark energy and studies of the evolution of galaxies.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Physics Robert Johnson
I develop electronics and detectors for proton-CT and the AESOP-Lite high-altitude balloon experiment.
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My research exploits the unique reactivity of inorganic compounds, particularly those from the p-block of the periodic table, to combat human illness and disease.
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I study the structure and function of human spliceosomes. My goal is to understand the molecular mechanisms used by spliceosomes to catalyze pre-mRNA splicing and help regulate gene expression.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Kathleen Kay
My research focuses on understanding diversification mechanisms of flowering plants, including adaptation and speciation from both tropical and temperate systems.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of MCD Biology Doug Kellogg
I study the molecular mechanisms that control cell growth and size.
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My research interests include encoders and related systems for accurately measuring the position of telescopes and the domes that contain them.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Marm Kilpatrick
I study the ecology of infectious diseases, population biology, climate, and conservation. Currently, I research West Nile virus, White-nose syndrome, chytridiomycosis, Lyme disease, Brucellosis, and avian influenza.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of MCD Biology Euiseok Kim
I research the development, connectivity, and genetic identity of cortical circuits of the brain's neural network to elucidate fundamentals of the human mind and behavior.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology Jacqueline Kimmey
I study how variation in innate immune responses impact susceptibility or resistance to infection disease, with a primary focus on Streptococcus pneumoniae infection.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Research Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry David Kliger
My research involves time-resolved spectroscopy and polarization spectroscopies to study mechanisms of protein folding and function, and applying them to a wide range of photochemical, photophysical, and photobiological problems.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Dean of the Division of Physical & Biological Sciences Paul Koch
I study how paleoecology drives extinction and evolution, chiefly in vertebrates. This includes isotopic and other analyses of fossils and extant animals to determine their diets, habitats, and physiology.
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My current research interests include atmospheric impacts, crater formation by impacts, impact-generated tsunami on the Earth, and asteroid dynamics.
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I am a science writer at The San Jose Mercury News, covering research, scientific policy, and environmental news from universities, NASA-Ames, USGS, and other Bay Area-based research facilities.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Kristy Kroeker
I am interested in the drivers of change in marine communities and a desire to improve our ability to forecast and manage the emergent effects of environmental change in dynamic ecosystems.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Ocean Sciences Raphael Kudela
My research is focused on phytoplankton dynamics in the Eastern Pacific Ocean coastal region and finding new applications for remote sensing technology.
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I work on adaptive optics systems.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Ocean Sciences Phoebe Lam
I am a chemical oceanographer who studies the role of marine particles in the cycling of carbon, nutrients, and trace elements and isotopes in the ocean.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Ocean Sciences Carl Lamborg
My research investigates the biogeochemistry of mercury and other trace metals in the ocean, land, and cryosphere at a variety of time and space scales.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences Thorne Lay
My research involves analysis of seismic waves to interrogate the deep structure of the Earth's interior and to study the physics of earthquake faulting.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics Alexie Leauthaud
The core of my research focuses on understanding the co-evolution between dark matter and galaxy formation.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Physics David Lederman
Most of my work during the past twenty years has been directed at understanding the physics of interfaces between dissimilar materials, especially the magnetic, ferroelectric, and magnetoelectric properties.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Yat Li
I design and develop novel materials for applications in catalysis, energy conversion, and energy storage.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Mathematics Longzhi Lin
My interests include geometric analysis and partial differential equations. More precisely, geometric flows, mean curvature and harmonic map heat flow, harmonic maps, minimal surfaces, constant mean curvature, and min-max theory.
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My research interests are in experimental particle physics and neurobiology. In particle physics, I work with the ALEPH experiment at CERN. In neurobiology, I focus on the neural code between the eyes and brain.
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I study membrane permeability in molecules whose structures violate classical predictors of “drug-likeness” (e.g. Lipinski’s “rule of five”) based on molecular weight and polarity to create a new drug discoveries.
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My research activity is mainly extragalactic, exploring properties of giant galaxies, clusters of galaxies, large-scale structure of the Universe and 'cosmic flows'.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Bruce Lyon
I seek to understand the ecological and evolutionary basis of reproductive strategies and social behavior in animals, particularly reproductive parasitism, parental care and mating systems.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry John MacMillan
I research and discover natural products from bacteria with promising biological activity. I utilize the microbial and chemical diversity of marine habitats and information-rich screening to integrate chemistry and biology.
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My current research interests have focused on theoretical cosmology and the high-redshift universe, especially on the physics of the intergalactic medium and the history of star formation in galaxies.
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My research focuses on euphausiid (krill) ecology, zooplankton ecology, and pelagic food web interactions.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Pradip Mascharak
My bioinorganic research group is interested in the roles of metal-containing active sites of metalloenzymes and in design and applications of metallodrugs in tackling infection, inflammation, and malignancies.
Portrait of UC Observatories Director Claire Max
My research interests are focused on the design and implementation of new adaptive optics systems, and using these new systems to study black holes in the cores of nearby galaxies.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Ocean Sciences Matthew McCarthy
I use of amino acids and other nitrogen-containing biomarkers to study open ocean and hydrothermal sea floor ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Shaun McKinnie
My research uses a combination of synthetic organic chemistry, enzyme biochemistry, and microbial genetics to understand how bacteria, plants, and other organisms make biologically active and potentially therapeutic molecules.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Rita Mehta
My research seeks to understand morphological, physiological, and behavioral evolution.
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I am a San Jose–based correspondent for the Associated Press, focusing on technology, breaking news, enterprise and investigative reporting from Silicon Valley and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Glenn Millhauser
I use biophysical methods to study neurological proteins, their cofactors, and how misregulation contributes to disease.
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My research involves ocean circulation modeling, data assimilation, and ocean prediction.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Mathematics Pedro Morales
My research is directed towards the application of spectral zeta functions in calculations of the casimir effect and their applications into number theory, quantum field theories, and related areas.
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I work on pure and applied problems in evolutionary ecology and natural resource management. I use nonlinear dynamics, statistical ecology, and multi-species management strategies to develop tools for ecosystem management.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Physics Jason Nielsen
I work on high-energy experiments at collider laboratories like CERN. Along with SCIPP researchers, I measure Higgs boson properties and create new particle detectors.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences Francis Nimmo
I use spacecraft measurements to determine the internal structures and histories of planets and moons in this solar system.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of MCD Biology Harry Noller
I study the mechanisms & structural dynamics of ribosomes, using biochemical, genetic & biophysical approaches. Current projects are focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying the coupled translocation of mRNA and tRNAs.
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My research group focuses on environmental applications of materials. We are developing new materials for cleaning polluted water, recycling plastic and reducing energy consumption through new catalysts.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology Karen Ottemann
My research focused on how pathogenic bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori use environmental cues to establish infection.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Eric Palkovacs
I am interested in the forces shaping evolution on contemporary time scales and the importance of ongoing evolution for nature and people. My research focuses on freshwater and coastal ecosystems.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Ingrid Parker, photo credit C Lagattuta
I seek to understand what controls plant distribution and abundance, with an emphasis on species interactions. Much of my current work focuses on the evolutionary ecology of plant-insect mutualisms and plant-pathogen interactions.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Carrie Partch
I seek to identify the fundamental basis of crosstalk between the circadian clock and DNA damage checkpoint response to understand how disruption of the clock regulates oncogenesis.
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I use chemical and isotopic tracers in diverse environmental samples to study present and past biogeochemical processes and link changes in the Earth System to global changes in climate.
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I am interested in understanding the conceptual aspects of population genetics as well as the application of genetic data to conservation and fisheries management.
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I work on the DEEP survey using LRIS, the HST Snapshot survey of nearby galaxy cores, and H-alpha imaging of nearby galaxies on the Keck telescope.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Yuan Ping
My research interests focus on developing and employing theoretical and computational techniques to solve problems related to energy conversion and quantum information applications.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Jarmila Pittermann
My research focuses on plant structure and function, and the manner in which plants respond to climatic perturbation. Particularly, how plants balance supply water while maintaining appropriate resilience to drought.
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I am interested in understanding the processes that affect the levels and patterns of genetic variation in natural populations.
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I study how the water cycle, temperature, oceans, and vegetation responded to past climatic change, particularly warm periods in Earth’s history, using molecular and isotopic analyses of marine and terrestrial sediments.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Donald Potts
I am interested in coral reef ecology, marine biodiversity, and remote sensing. My research premise is that coastal systems are changing in response to the effects of natural and anthropogenic processes.
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My research examines the nature of gas both within and outside of galaxies, primarily during the first few billion years of the universe.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Physics Stefano Profumo
I investigate new physics beyond the Standard Model with a focus on dark matter, baryogenesis, and new particles and their interactions.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Pete Raimondi
The goal of my research is to broadly understand the factors that are important in the development and maintenance of biological communities.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Physics Arthur Ramirez
My focus is explorating novel electronic phases of matter, in pursuit of new principles and technologies. I use advanced techniques in cryogenic temperatures to probe magnets, semiconductors, superconductors, and more.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz
I research the violent and capricious nature of the universe. I use computer simulations to explore transient phenomena such as collisions, mergers, and disruptions of stars—especially those involving compact objects.
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I study chemical neuroscience using mirror-image peptides and other D-amino acid substitution strategies to create novel structure-function relationships to understand Amyloid Beta toxicity in Alzheimer's Disease.
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I study stable isotope geochemistry, paleoceanography, and paleoclimatology.
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My research explores the sensory, cognitive, physiological, and behavioral ecology of marine mammals.
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My current interests include dark energy studies using weak lensing and searches for signatures of dark matter.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics Brant Robertson
My research leverages state of the art numerical methods to conduct astrophysical research that address how cosmological structures form and evolve, dark matter, and the reionization of the intergalactic medium.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics Connie Rockosi
I study the Milky Way galaxy to find out how and why it evolved to its present state.
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I conduct research on the structure and dynamics of galaxies, star clusters, dark matter, and other astrophysical systems.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Seth Rubin
I study biochemical mechanisms underlying control of cancer cell proliferation. My research uses structural biology, biochemistry, and cell biology approaches to understand protein function and regulation.
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I research experimental particle physics using particle accelerators and some of the most powerful accelerators in nature found in space.
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My research focuses on how bacteria alter the toxicity of aquatic pollutants, such as arsenic and nitrate in diverse environments including groundwater, surface water, and extreme environments.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of MCD Biology Jeremy Sanford
My research team illuminates post-transcriptional networks coordinated by RNA binding proteins. We employ genomic, biochemical, and computational methods to identify cis-acting RNA elements.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences Heather Savage
I study earthquake triggering and the evolution of fault structure, strength, and stability using field work, laboratory experiments, and numerical models.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of MCD Biology Bill Saxton
My research addresses questions about the functions and mechanisms of forces generated by the cytoskeleton.
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I am a multimedia producer for science research.
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I study experimental particle physics.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences Susan Schwartz
My research addresses problems in earthquake seismology, earth structure, active tectonics, and volcano seismology and geodesy.
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My research focuses on RNA structure, catalysis, and the origin of life.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Research Professor of Physics Abraham Seiden
I am an experimental particle physicist with broad interests in both the fundamental interactions among particles and the development of detectors to study such interactions.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Nikolaos Sgourakis
My research group investigates proteins of the immune system that play important roles in human health. We employ biophysical techniques, including X-ray crystallography, fluorescence spectroscopy, solution NMR, and computational modeling.
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My research interests include Physiological Ecology of vertebrate animals, especially birds and mammals.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Beth Shapiro
My research aims to better understand how populations and species change through time, in particular in in response to environmental and other changes to their habitat.
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I study how our life experiences influence the health and longevity of future generations. I use genomic and reproductive biology methods to understand how paternal environmental information is transmitted via sperm RNAs.
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My research focuses on the retina and visual system. I use large scale multielectrode recording systems developed by physicists, biologists, and engineers to study the function, development, and treatment of neural circuits.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Barry Sinervo
I study behavioral ecology, game theory, and biotic impacts of climate change. Currently, I research the extinctions of reptiles and amphibians and changes in plant communities driven by climate change.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Bakthan Singaram
My work focuses on the chemistry of metals and metal hydrides. I’m specifically interested in developing green chemistry for carbon-carbon bond forming reactions and the reduction of functional groups.
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I study the interactions between bacterial microbiomes and their aquatic eukaryotic hosts, how they influence the ecology and evolution of both partners, and their impact on ocean health and biogeochemical cycling.
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I characterize the atmospheres of exoplanets and search for new ones with adaptive optics imaging and spectroscopy. I develop novel instrumentation and techniques to observe planets near their host stars.
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I study natural processes producing high-energy radiation in environments including thunderstorms, Earth's radiation belts, and solar flares. I use instrumentation at ground sites and on balloons, aircraft, and spacecraft.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics Graeme Smith
I research the properties of red giants within the Milky Way: their physical evolution, chromospheric activity and mass loss, and their chemical enrichment history of the Galaxy.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology Donald Smith
My research explores basic mechanisms underlying how toxic metal exposures contributes to cellular effects and disease, including lead, mercury, and arsenic.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Michael Stone
My research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of telomere length control using single molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer (smFRET) and micro-manipulation techniques, such as magnetic trapping.
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I am a biologist-turned-journalist who has served in leadership positions for several start-up online projects at the interface between science and communication.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of MCD Biology Susan Strome
My lab investigates how epigenetic memories are passed from parents to offspring and how those memories influence offspring development. We focus on epigenetic memories needed for germ cells to develop.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of MCD Biology William Sullivan
I research structural events that drive cell division and how these events are coordinated. I investigate the mechanisms that drive cytokinesis and chromosome segregation upon exit from metaphase.
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I specialise in theoretical condensed matter physics. Particular research topics include, but are not limited to, localisation-delocalisation transitions, superconductivity, quantum chaos and physics of graphene and topological materials.
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I’m a serial conservation entrepreneur. I have co-founded several organizations including: The Conservation Action Lab, Island Conservation and Conservación de Islas, and Conservation Metrics.
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I study how coevolution among species shapes the Earth’s biodiversity, why mutualisms form among species, why enemy species continue to coevolve, and, more generally, why species evolve relentlessly.
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My interests are in the applications of global nonlinear analysis to various problems in partial differential equations. Particularly, the properties of minimal surfaces, in space and in Riemannian manifolds.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences Slawomir Tulaczyk
My research on ice sheets and glaciers as dynamic features interacting with geologic, hydrologic, and climatic processes on different timescales.
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My research applies genomic analyses and precision medicine approaches to identify novel targets and understand the biology of pediatric genetic diseases.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Physics Jairo Velasco
My research focuses on discovering, understanding, and manipulating novel physical phenomena that emerge in layered 2D materials. I’m particularly interested in probing the electronic structure of nanoscale devices.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor of MCD Biology Zhu Wang
I study how epithelial cells behave in mammalian organ homeostasis and cancer progression. Mouse models and molecular and cellular techniques are used to address these questions in the urogenital system.
UC Santa Cruz Biologist Jordan Ward
I use C. elegans as a model to understand the gene regulatory networks controlling molting and gamete formation, with an eye to extending these studies to combat parasitic nematodes.
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I investigate common morphological features and physiological limitations of marine and terrestrial animals. This includes swimming and running energetics, thermoregulation during exercise, and the plasticity of mammalian skeletal muscle.
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I am a member of the VERITAS and CTA research collaborations, pursuing the study of high-energy gamma-rays from astrophysical objects.
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Develops numerical methods in seismic modeling and imaging. Focusing on investigating regional-wave excitation, energy partitioning and propagations, developing one-way wave-equation based methods for seismic modeling, and imaging and illumination analysis.
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My research focuses on atomic/nano-scale structural and property tailoring, and in-situ/operando study of functional materials via combined synthesis and advanced microscopy approaches.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology Fitnat Yildiz
Biofilms are surface-attached microbial communities that cause significant problems in environmental, industrial, and clinical settings. My research group studies the mechanisms and regulation of biofilm formation and biofilm-mediated hyperinfectivity.
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I study phase transitions, with an emphasis on using numerical techniques such as Monte Carlo simulations to give a physical understanding of problems where little is currently understood.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences James Zachos
My research focuses on the evolution of climate and ocean chemistry over the last 65 million years of Earth’s history.
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My research focuses on the regulation of Pre-mRNA Splicing and analysis of small RNA function and biogenesis.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Erika Zavaleta
I research on terrestrial ecosystems and communities, links between biodiversity and human well-being, and the implications of interacting global and regional environmental changes.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Ocean Sciences Jonathan Zehr
My research focuses on how microorganisms control the availability of nitrogen, a critical element in all life as we know it.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Jin Zhang
I design, synthesize, and study novel nanostructured materials for energy conversion and biomedical applications using ultrafast laser and other techniques.
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I study how rainfall becomes streamflow and the associated biogeochemical and ecological implications. This includes hydrometric, isotopic, and other analyses of watershed characteristics to determine controls on water flowpaths.
Portrait of UC Santa Cruz Professor of MCD Biology Yi Zuo
Combining in vivo imaging, mouse genetics, neural circuit tracing, and behavior analysis, my lab studies the neural underpinning of learning, memory, and cognitive flexibility under normal and pathological conditions.