Academic research is a critical aspect of UC Merced's mission, just as it is with other UC campuses. The process of discovery provides our students with a deeper understanding of the world and its cultural, social, natural and engineered systems.
The School of Natural Sciences' research is broadly split between five major disciplines, with numerous graduate research groups across the school, fostering an environment of interdisciplinary research. Those disciplines are:
- Applied Mathematics
- Chemistry and Chemical Biology
- Life and Environmental Sciences
- Molecular Cell Biology
The school's faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students conduct cutting-edge research, a fundamental part of the school.
Centers and Institutes
A research and education center that sponsors multidisciplinary scientific projects in which biological understanding is guided by computational modeling. The center also facilitates the development and dissemination of undergraduate and graduate course materials based on the latest research in computational biology.
Center of Excellence for the Study of Health Disparities in Rural and Ethnic Underserved Populations
Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Center of Excellence for the Study of Health Disparities in Rural and Ethnic Underserved Populations has the goal to increase the number of UC Merced students who are knowledgeable about health disparities, improve the number of students from under-represented and disadvantaged groups performing research in this area, and expand the capacity of the university in conducting health sciences research that addresses disparities in the region.
Founded in 2007 to promote and develop the use of molecular biology in research programs at UC Merced, the Roy Genomics Core Facility provides quality service by fulfilling the needs of the research faculty in a consistently rapid, dependable and economical fashion.
The Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) is a catalyst for important and innovative research on complex human health issues that affect both the San Joaquin Valley and the world.
The School of Natural Sciences has strong collaborations with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the area of environmental/earth systems science and quantitative biology. Student and faculty access to state of the art instrumentation through collaborations, student research opportunities, and partnerships to apply multi-disciplinary expertise to solve complex problems contribute significantly to the richness and diversity in the academic and research environment for students and faculty.
The Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) at UC Merced discovers and disseminates new knowledge that contributes to sustaining natural resources and promoting social well-being in the Sierra Nevada-Central Valley region, and related regions worldwide.