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Our chemistry faculty and students study everything from how HIV targets cells to improving solar cell efficiencies.
Our physicists study condensed matter, atomic physics, molecular physics, solar energy science, nanoscience, soft matter and biophysics.
Our biological sciences researchers study the integration of systems to better understand the overall function of biological systems as a whole. Picture of Fabian Filipp conducting research experiment
Our biological sciences researchers study the integration of systems to better understand the overall function of biological systems as a whole.
Our environmental systems scientists strive to develop a better understanding of our planet to improve its function and sustainability.

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March 21, 2017
Amy Moffat, Student and Program Assessment Manager was the recipient of the UC Merced’s Outstanding Women award. This annual award recognizes the those faculty, post docs, staff, and students who identify as women at UC Merced who enriched the...
Professor Andy LiWang shows his 3-D-printed model of the proteins that drive cyanobacterial circadian clocks.
March 20, 2017
In finding a way to see assemblies of the proteins that direct cyanobacterial circadian rhythms, or biological clocks, UC Merced biochemistry Professor Andy LiWang and his colleagues have done what no one else has been able to, despite more...
March 1, 2017
The National Cancer Institute’s “cancer moonshot” tasks researchers with, among advancing other new biotechnologies, delving into immunotherapy and genomic analysis. UC Merced Professor Fabian V. Filipp is doing his part, further...

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The Applied Mathematics Graduate Program (AMGP) at UC Merced offers an interdisciplinary research and training emphasis leading to Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

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The academic and research programs in the School of Natural Sciences create the environment for excellence in student achievement and cutting-edge research in the broad areas of life, physical and environmental sciences.

The Life & Environmental Sciences (LES) group brings together a broadly experienced faculty with a common interest in interdisciplinary research and education in natural and human-impacted Earth systems.

Molecular cell biology involves the use of cellular and molecular biology to solve real-world problems. Molecular cell biologists study a broad spectrum of problems across several disciplines.

Physics at UC Merced leverages our unique academic atmosphere that fosters interdisciplinary research - connecting the physical sciences to life sciences, material sciences and engineering.