Located at the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine (CMBB) is a campuswide UCSD research division dedicated to the exploration of the novel and diverse resources of the ocean.

Research programs focus on marine biomedicine and marine drug discovery, with an emphasis on cancer and both infectious and inflammatory diseases. CMBB scientists investigate a wide range of biotechnologies, from the special properties of deep-sea marine microbes to the genetic engineering of commercially viable marine animals.

CMBB News

A blue whale

Scientists Report First Recording of a Blue Whale’s Heart Rate
First measurement conducted in the wild suggests that blue whale hearts are operating at extremes—and may limit the whale’s size

The seaweed Digenea simplex on the beach. Photo: Toshiaki Teruya/University of Ryukyus, Japan

Scientists Develop New Production Method for Seaweed Chemical Used in Brain Research
Researchers find an affordable and effective way to produce kainic acid, an important natural chemical used by neuroscientists

Scripps graduate student Jia Jia Zhang.

Scripps Student Spotlight: Jia Jia Zhang
Chemical biology graduate student is studying the biosynthesis of marine natural products