Defining the Future of the
Public Research University
UC San Diego
Learn more at ucsd.edu.
Better Our World
From its inception, the University
of California, San Diego has
attracted leading scholars with an
entrepreneurial spirit and a penchant
for risk-taking. The freedom to
cross boundaries and to create new
disciplines fuels breakthrough research
with global impact. Our visionaries are
looking for the next discoveries that
will benefit people around the world in
all walks of life.
Undergraduates in UC San Diego’s
Jacobs School of Engineering launch
an experimental balloon.
Model of Autism
Alysson Muotri and colleagues have
used stem cells from patients with
Rett syndrome, one of the most
aggressive forms of autism, to create
the first human cellular model of
the disorder that could be used
for drug screening, diagnosis and
Exploring the Frontier
of Drug Delivery
Adah Almutairi directs the Center
for Excellence in Nanomedicine and
Engineering. Researchers in the
center are creating nanoparticles
that promise new levels of precision
in treating disease. They will be able
to deliver drugs under highly specific
conditions—when triggered by light
or when they encounter a disease-related condition.
on Multiple Fronts
Malaria afects anywhere from 250
to 500 million people annually.
Elizabeth Winzeler’s innovative
research at the interface of chemistry
and genetics employs advanced
screening programs to create novel
candidates for possible treatment.
Her work investigates new classes
of drugs that appear to target the
disease parasite at all stages of its
development and transition.
Todd Coleman’s research focuses on
wireless tattoo technology that will
transmit vital medical data, bringing
yesterday’s science fiction into
today’s reality. His ultrathin devices
can monitor brain waves, heart rates
and other vital signs without tying a
patient to a machine, an especially
promising advance for neonatal care.
for total R&D
National Science Foundation
#1for positive impact on the nation