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Biomolecular Science and Engineering

High-impact research in chemical, physical, and quantitative biology 


BMSE at UC Santa Barbara enables cutting-edge research and provides post-graduate education at the interface between the life and physical sciences. We are an integral component of UCSB's widely recognized strength in interdisciplinary research. Drawing its faculty from eight departments and two colleges, BMSE is uniquely capable of developing outstanding young scientists well-versed in quantitative aspects of modern biological science, and ready for leadership positions in multidisciplinary research.


A signature of the Program is a 10-week immersive course that provides hands-on training at the interface between disciplines, with the goal to equip graduate students with diverse background to tackle biological problems with varied experimental and theoretical approaches and to create a interdisciplinary training environment to foster the pursuit of common biological questions in different systems. Typically, the course features 5 modules of 2 weeks spanning a wide range of topics, from recent advances in Biochemistry to the building of microscopes and the use of optogenetics to study animal behavior. The course aims to be a hands-on collaboration with faculty where students "learn by doing" at the bench.


Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, and Wellness

Diversity statement:  BMSE is committed to enhancing diversity as part of our pursuit of academic excellence, in the belief that a rich plurality of outlooks and backgrounds is vital to our growth and to our participation in an increasingly diverse society. We support the campus efforts in this regard (see the UCSB Diversity Web Site) contact Professor Zvonimir Dogic for more information.

BMSE Graduate Student DEI Members:  Elexa Yee, Austin Miller, Mihai Bibireata, Hadley Hanson


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