QB3 researchers make fundamental scientific discoveries that lead to applications in areas such as medical diagnostics, pharmacological therapy, and biofuels. A key concentration area at UC Santa Cruz is cancer research. Research conducted by our faculty falls into one or more of nine themes: 

Biological imaging—Visualizing biological systems at all scales: atoms, cells, organs.

Biomaterials, stem cells, and regenerative medicine—Development of biomaterials and stem cells for biotechnology and therapeutic applications.

Biomolecular structure and mechanism—Structure, function, and dynamics of macromolecules.

Cellular dynamics—Biochemical and biophysical analysis of cellular processes.

Chemical biology—Applying the tools of chemistry to biology, aiding in drug discovery and interrogation of biology.

Genotype to phenotype—Harvesting the information in genomes and the effect of variation.

Precision measurement and control of biological systems—Developing the ability to mechanically, optically, or chemically alter and monitor biology for interrogation and diagnostics.

Synthetic biology—Design, redesign, and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems.

Theoretical modeling of biological systems—Theoretical and computational analysis of macromolecules, biological systems, and interpretation of experimental data.