The university occupies 2,141 acres (866 ha) near the coast of the Pacific Ocean with the main campus resting on approximately 1,152 acres (466 ha). Established in 1960 near the pre-existing Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD is the seventh oldest of the 10 University of California campuses and offers over 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, enrolling about 22,700 undergraduate and 6,300 graduate students. UCSD is one of America’s Public Ivy universities, which recognizes top public research universities in the United States. UC San Diego was ranked 39th among the top universities in the United States, tied for 3rd with UC Davis of the University of California schools, and 9th among public universities by U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2014 rankings.
UC San Diego is organized into six undergraduate residential colleges, five graduate schools, and two professional medical schools. The university operates four research institutes, including the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, San Diego Supercomputer Center, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and UC San Diego Health System, and is also affiliated with several regional research centers, such as the Salk Institute, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, and the Scripps Research Institute. The university also houses two think tanks, the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. UC San Diego faculty, researchers, and alumni have won twenty Nobel Prizes, eight National Medals of Science, eight MacArthur Fellowships, two Pulitzer Prizes, and two Fields Medals. Additionally, of the current faculty, 29 have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, 95 to the National Academy of Sciences, and 106 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
University of California, San Diego research articles from Innovation Toronto
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- New Metallic Glass Bounces and Could Protect – April 5, 2016
- ‘Stunning’ operation regenerates eye’s lens – March 9, 2016
- Biologists Develop Method for Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing – January 24, 2016
- Noise can’t hide weak signals from this new receiver – December 13, 2015
- Electric fields remove nanoparticles from blood with ease – November 24, 2015
- Tiny carbon-capturing motors may help tackle rising carbon dioxide levels – September 25, 2015
- Researchers unveiled cloaking technology that the US military has been waiting for – September 23, 2015
- Hearts build new muscle with this simple protein patch – September 21, 2015
- These microscopic fish are 3D-printed to do more than swim – August 26, 2015
- 3D-printed Robot is Hard at Heart, Soft on Outside – July 10, 2015
- An Advance May Double the Capabilities of Fiber Optics – June 26, 2015
- Scientists Create Synthetic Membranes That Grow Like Living Cells – June 25, 2015
- Pens filled with high-tech inks for Do It Yourself sensors – March 4, 2015
- Telescopic contact lenses and wink-control glasses – February 16, 2015
- Nanobot micromotors deliver medical payload in living creature for the first time – January 26, 2015
- ‘Nanomotor lithography’ answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing – November 2, 2014
- New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat – October 31, 2014
- UC San Diego Researchers Build First 500 GHz Photon Switch – September 14, 2014
- Ultrasonically propelled nanorods spin at 150,000 rpm! – July 28, 2014
- Computer scientists develop tool to make the Internet of Things safer – June 18, 2014
- How to Erase a Memory – And Restore It – June 2, 2014
- Bioprinting a 3D Liver-Like Device to Detoxify the Blood | biofabrication – May 15, 2014
- Nanoengineers Develop Basis for Electronics That Stretch at the Molecular Level | stretchable electronics – May 8, 2014
- Engineers develop new materials for hydrogen storage – April 18, 2014
- Good Vibrations: Using Light-Heated Water to Deliver Drugs
- Material Could Speed Up Underwater Communications by Orders of Magnitude
- Robotic Surgery Program Expands at UC San Diego Health System to Treat Stomach Cancer
- UC San Diego Computer Scientists Develop First-person Player Video Game that Teaches How to Program in Java
- Scripps Oceanography Researchers Engineer Breakthrough for Biofuel Production
- UCSD students test fire 3D-printed metal rocket engine
- From slowdown to shutdown — US leadership in biomedical research takes a blow, says ASCB
- Biologists Discover New Method for Discovering Antibiotics
- Chemists develop new approaches to understanding disturbing trends near Earth’s surface
- Touch Goes Digital
- New Electron Beam Writer Enables Next-Gen Biomedical and Information Technologies
- SkySweeper Robot Makes Inspecting Power Lines Simple and Inexpensive
- Disappearance of Coral Reefs, Drastically Altered Marine Food Web on the Horizon
- Natural pest control protein effective against hookworm: A billion could benefit
- Studies Suggest New Key to “Switching Off” Hypertension
- Telescopic Contact Lens Could Improve Eyesight for the Visually Impaired
- A Telescope For Your Eye: New Contact Lens Design May Improve Sight of Patients with Macular Degeneration
- Firefighting Robot Paints 3D Thermal Imaging Picture for Rescuers
- Shape-shifting Nanoparticles Flip from Sphere to Net in Response to Tumor Signal
- Whirlpools on the Nanoscale Could Multiply Magnetic Memory
- Seahorse’s Armor Gives Engineers Insight Into Robotics Designs
- New Plant Protein Discoveries Could Ease Global Food and Fuel Demands
- Quest for Edible Malarial Vaccine Leads to Other Potential Medical Uses for Algae
- Nanosponges soak up toxins released by bacterial infections and venom
- Overcoming a major barrier to medical and other uses of ‘microrockets’ and ‘micromotors’
- Are Algae Biofuels a Realistic Alternative to Petroleum?
- New Breakthrough Prize Awards Millions to Life Scientists
- Small, Portable Sensors Allow Users to Monitor Exposure to Pollution on Their Smart Phones
- Biologists Engineer Algae to Make Complex Anti-Cancer ‘Designer’ Drug
- Medical Devices Powered by the Ear Itself
- If You Had A Microgrid, You Wouldn’t Be Waiting For The Power Company
- New Sophisticated Control Algorithms Poised to Revolutionize Electric Battery Technology
- Nanoengineers can print 3D microstructures in mere seconds
- Megapixel Camera? Try Gigapixel
- Self-Assembling Nanocubes for Next Generation Antennas and Lenses
- Research Unveils Drug Against Entamoeba Hisotolica
- Biologists Produce Potential Malarial Vaccine from Algae
- Researchers Make Breakthrough in Treating Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- A Little Device That’s Trying to Read Your Thoughts
- Solar energy-harvesting “nanotrees” could produce hydrogen fuel on a mass scale
- Hydrogel could grow new heart tissue, without the need for surgery
- New ‘Biopsy in a Blood Test’ to Detect Cancer
- Wireless Sensors Monitor Brain Waves on the Fly
- How to Buy Time in the Fight against Climate Change
- New “smart” polymer opens door for medical use of low-power near-infrared light
- New Way to Target – And Kill – Proliferating Tumors
- Coming to TV Screens of the Future: A Sense of Smell
- Cyber Attack Risk on Car Computers
- New Material Could Improve Safety for First Responders to Chemical Hazards
- Your Most Vital Lesson
- Getting Computers to Understand Overlapping Speech
- Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine With New Programming Technique
- Bioengineers achieve holy trinity of stem cell culture
- Heads-Up Virtual Reality device lets users see and ‘touch’ 3D images
- Enterprise PCs Work While They Sleep – Saving Energy and Money – With New Software
- The Idea Incubator Goes to Campus
- Solar Energy: Cheaper Solar Concentrator With Fewer Photovoltaic Cells
- First robotic underwater vehicle to be powered entirely by natural, renewable, ocean thermal energy
- Using The Weather To Go Green
- Innovation through regulation
- New study offers hope for halting incurable citrus disease
- Novel sensor provides bigger picture
- Invisibility Cloaking to Shield Floating Objects from Waves
- Cancer cells poisoned with sugar
- Long-Lived Fruit Flies Offer Clues to Slowing Human Aging and Fighting Disease
- Smart Skin: Electronics That Stick and Stretch Like a Temporary Tattoo
- Secreting Bacteria Eliminate Cost Barriers for Renewable Biofuel Production
- ‘M8′ Earthquake Simulation Breaks Computational Records, Promises Better Quake Models
- Automobile computer systems successfully hacked
- Hack attacks mounted on car control systems
- Tiny Sensors In Cell Phones Could Map Airborne Toxins in Real Time
- The (good and bad) future of the Internet
- Plugging Highway Vehicles into the Electric Grid
Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed an electrical graphene chip capable of detecting mutations in DNA.
Researchers say the technology could one day be used in various medical applications such as blood-based tests for early cancer screening, monitoring disease biomarkers and real-time detection of viral and microbial sequences.
The advance was published June 13 in the online early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“We are at the forefront of developing a fast and inexpensive digital method to detect gene mutations at high resolution—on the scale of a single nucleotide change in a nucleic acid sequence,” said Ratnesh Lal, professor of bioengineering, mechanical engineering and materials science in the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.
The technology, which is at a proof-of-concept stage, is a first step toward a biosensor chip that can be implanted in the body to detect a specific DNA mutation—in real time—and transmit the information wirelessly to a mobile device such as a smartphone or laptop.
The Chem-Phys patch monitors both biochemical and electric signals in the human body at the same time — a first
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first flexible wearable device capable of monitoring both biochemical and electric signals in the human body. The Chem-Phys patch records electrocardiogram (EKG) heart signals and tracks levels of lactate, a biochemical that is a marker of physical effort, in real time. The device can be worn on the chest and communicates wirelessly with a smartphone, smart watch or laptop. It could have a wide range of applications, from athletes monitoring their workouts to physicians monitoring patients with heart disease.
Nanoengineers and electrical engineers at the UC San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors worked together to build the device, which includes a flexible suite of sensors and a small electronic board. The device also can transmit the data from biochemical and electrical signals via Bluetooth.
Nanoengineering professor Joseph Wang and electrical engineering professor Patrick Mercier at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering led the project, with Wang’s team working on the patch’s sensors and chemistry, while Mercier’s team worked on the electronics and data transmission. They describe the Chem-Phys patch in the May 23 issue of Nature Communications.
“One of the overarching goals of our research is to build a wearable tricorder-like device that can measure simultaneously a whole suite of chemical, physical and electrophysiological signals continuously throughout the day,” Mercier said. “This research represents an important first step to show this may be possible.”
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have created new ceramic materials that could be used to store hydrogen safely and efficiently.
The researchers have created for the first time compounds made from mixtures of calcium hexaboride, strontium and barium hexaboride. They also have demonstrated that the compounds could be manufactured using a simple, low-cost manufacturing method known as combustion synthesis.
The work is at the proof of concept stage and is part of a $1.2 million project funded by the National Science Foundation, a collaboration between UC San Diego, Alfred University in upstate New York and the University of Nevada, Reno. The manufacturing process for the ceramics is faster and simpler than traditional methods used to manufacture these types of materials. The researchers presented their work in March 2014 at the third International Symposium on Nanoscience and Nanomaterials in Mexico.