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

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

Patrick Brunson pipettes Pseudo-nitzschia diatoms at Andrew Allen Lab at the J. Craig Venter Institute. Photo: JCVI

Research Highlight: Domoic Acid Decoded
Research into gene function in microalgae helps determine how toxins are made in oceanic harmful algal blooms

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