CEILS (Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Life Sciences)

ceils80x80CEILS fosters the professional development and training of faculty who wish to incorporate evidence-based teaching approaches into their courses.

Molecular Biology Institute (MBI)

mbi80x80The MBI, is made up of 202 faculty members and associates from 27 departments in the College of Letters and Sciences, the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry, and the School of Engineering. This integration of knowledge, positions the MBI for new discoveries and solutions– leading to the improvement of human health and the health of the world we live in.

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden / Herbarium

mathias80x80The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is a living outdoor museum of about 4000 species of perennial plants originating from countries around the world. This collection, established on campus in 1929, has specimens of many unusual tropical and subtropical groups. The UCLA Herbarium is a research facility housing approximately 190,000 scientific specimens and a research library.

Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences (QC Bio)

qcb80x80As a partnership of Life Sciences with Physical Sciences, Engineering and the Health Sciences, the QC Bio supports research and education programs that realize the enormous opportunities of Big Data in the Biosciences. What is QC Bio is about? Answer: the development of novel computational tools, algorithms, theory, predictive models, and a campus-wide, active network of collaboration.

La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

lakretz80x80Research at the La Kretz Center focuses on preserving California’s unique environments and biodiversity. Through its collaborations with agencies like the National Park Service, California State Parks, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the center creates a model of cooperation that can be applied to environmentally sensitive regions around the world.

Staglin Music Festival Center for Brain and Behavioral Health

The Center for Brain and Behavioral Health fosters and funds basic research to understand how the brain works to produce both adaptive and maladaptive behavior, at the level of circuits, cells and molecules, with an end-goal of moving these findings into actual treatments for people suffering from anxiety and related disorders of the brain.rs, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Staglin IMHRO Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

staglin80x80Research at the Staglin IMHRO Center for Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on the study of cognition and emotion, and disorders thereof– learning and memory, mood regulation, impulsivity, social cognition, language, vision, and stress sensitivity. Research also includes illnesses that impact these systems, including schizophrenia, bipolar illness, major depression, attention deficit disorder, autism, anxiety disorders, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Stunt Ranch Ecological Reserve

stunt80x80The Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve is a 310-acre biological field station, contributing to the understanding and better management of natural ecosystems. The mission of the Reserve is to support university-level teaching, research, and public service at Stunt Ranch, and other protected natural areas in the heavily urbanized Los Angeles area. To date, faculty and graduate student researchers have initiated 73 research projects at Stunt Ranch, leading to 160 peer-reviewed publications.

Donald R. Dickey Bird and Mammal Collection

dickey80x80The UCLA Donald R. Dickey Bird and Mammal Collection, containing approximately 70,000 specimens, is one of the largest maintained by a university in California. Geographic coverage is especially strong for western North America and Middle America, with significant samples from Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Costa Rica from the late 19th century through the 20th century; there is also excellent representation of small mammals from California’s Channel Islands and the Gulf of California’s Midriff Islands, and small but important samples of endemic Hawaiian Island birds. Study skins and osteological material are the predominant preparations.  The collections are used by researchers throughout the world in studies of evolution, ecology and conservation ecology.