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

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

Microscopic view of domoic acid producing Pseudo-nitzschia diatom

Domoic Acid Decoded: Scientists Discover Genetic Basis for How Harmful Algal Blooms Become Toxic
Research into gene function in microalgae helps determine how toxins are made in oceanic harmful algal blooms

Scripps grad student Chris Leber

Scripps Student Spotlight: Christopher Leber
Graduate student researches marine chemical ecology and marine natural products