A Message From the Dean
For many people, the word “biologist” summons the image of a researcher working alone over a microscope. As you explore BioSci’s website, or better yet, become more engaged with our School, that perception will quickly change. As the study of life, biology is the most dynamic of sciences. It is where answers originate to grand challenges, such as climate change, devastating diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes and more. To achieve these crucial goals, our faculty, researchers and students work in teams, sharing ideas and expertise to innovate multi-faceted solutions. They are as likely to be out in the field performing hands-on investigations as in the laboratory. There has never been a more exciting and critical time for biology. I invite you to explore BioSci’s website to learn more. Better yet, come see us! Whether you are a prospective student, UCI graduate or member of the general public, we welcome you to discover how BioSci is leading the way for a brilliant future.
An Audacious Past and Brilliant Future
When BioSci’s founders broke ground for the School over five decades ago, they seized the opportunity to pioneer an audacious approach to biological research. Departing from standard academic practice, they established its departments as collaborative entities examining the links between mind, body and world. Taking this risk set the stage for extraordinary discoveries here in ensuing years. Other universities saw the impact of what BioSci was doing and began following suit.
The time has again come to shake up traditional approaches. Through adventurous science, life scientists have hope of overcoming climate change, dementia, cancer, obesity and other scourges confronting the planet and all who live on it. UCI BioSci is committed to research, training and education that shatter entrenched scientific boundaries, spark daring new lines of inquiry and produce solutions for a brilliant future.
Everything in our world that matters centers around life. And life is interconnected. For most of us, a healthy mind requires a healthy body, which in turn requires a healthy world. With our brains and physical beings menaced by devastating diseases and with global temperatures rising, innovative biologic solutions have never been more urgent.
Solving these challenges and threats necessitates going beyond the norm. At the UCI School of Biological Sciences, we strive to shatter entrenched scientific boundaries and launch daring new lines of inquiry to find answers never before envisioned.