Research Programs

Our Research Programs

The UC San Diego Department of Medicine is a national leader in internal medicine research. In fiscal year 2015, our biomedical research program cost expenditures totaled $114.7 million.

In the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools guidebook, the UC San Diego School of Medicine is ranked 18th overall in research-intensive training and 12th in primary care.

The HIV/AIDS program (Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Owen Clinic) is ranked 11th in the nation.

Artist's rendering of DNAOur research interests and current major projects are detailed on the Research Focus Areas page. 


Research News

Read our Research News stories for the most recent major developments in our research programs.

See our News blog for news about our education, research, and patient care activities.

Translational Research

We are committed to translational research: we focus on laboratory work that leads directly to better patient care. Our studies address the health care challenges of greatest concern to our national and world community.

Research on the UC San Diego Campus

UC San Diego is one of the nation’s 10 largest centers for science, engineering and medicine. Total research funding for the UC San Diego campus was more than $1 billion for 2015.

In total research output, UC San Diego was ranked 6th in the nation and 2nd among all U.S. public institutions in a study released by the journal Nature in November 2014.

UC San Diego School of Medicine has the ninth highest National Institutes of Health total funding out of 136 schools of medicine, according to NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools in 2014. 

In 2013, UC San Diego School of Medicine faculty ranked third nationally in research funding per faculty member, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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