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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

Former Scripps graduate student Nathan Moss searches for potentially therapeutic natural products. Photo: Bailey Miller

“SMART 2.0” Revolutionizing Identification of Natural Compounds
Organic chemistry tool developed at UC San Diego is speeding up drug discovery, toxicological analysis, and more

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