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Transforming the Future of Health Care

Our world-renowned researchers lead groundbreaking research to advance biomedical research and patient care delivery

UC San Diego School of Medicine is a leader in transformative scientific discoveries in wellness, therapeutics and disease prevention. We approach our work with creativity, rigor and passion. 

Through a diverse and collaborative biomedical research ecosystem, we are making a difference for our local community and the world through tangible, transformative and lasting contributions to the health sciences.




Research Powerhouse

$743 Million

in total sponsored research funding for fiscal year 2023

Top 1%

of most-cited researchers in the world in 2023 per Clarivate

#5 Public Medical School

nationally for NIH funding in 2023 per BRIMR

Areas of Expertise

Basic Research

Cutting-edge discoveries made in basic research provide the foundation for advances in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

Translational Research

Our “bench-to-bedside” research approach takes discoveries gained from the basic sciences and applies them to health care delivery.

Clinical Research

UC San Diego clinical researchers perform a diverse array of clinical trials designed to test the safety and effectiveness of innovative therapies or medications.

Collaborative, Multidisciplinary Ecosystem

Our researchers are pushing innovations to new heights by prioritizing collaborations across departments. We work with colleagues across departments, schools and multidisciplinary institutes at UC San Diego, partners at biomedical institutions in the San Diego region and collaborators across the globe.

Research Centers & Institutes

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Educational Opportunities

School of Medicine offers several graduate level programs for students interested in pursuing research-intensive careers in health sciences.

Medical Scientist Training Program

Become a physician-scientist through our joint MD/PhD program.

About MSTP

Graduate Programs

Explore our master's and PhD level degree programs.

About Graduate Programs

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Student Research Opportunities

Summer research opportunities allow students to explore and hone skills outside of the classroom.

Explore Opportunities

School of Medicine News

Discoveries Magazine

A magazine dedicated to exploring the expansive innovations and aspirations of student, faculty and staff that comprise UC San Diego School of Medicine’s research enterprise. Learn how their work continues to transform medicine and change lives for the better. 

Explore Discoveries Magazine

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