Research Facilities

Graduate students at UC Davis are very fortunate to have access to numerous specialized laboratories, research units, and high technology research facilities.

For a complete listing of facilities available at, or associated with UC Davis, visit the Office of Research Web page.

The Bodega Marine Laboratory is dedicated to research and teaching in marine biology and related fields. Research areas include population biology/ecology, cell and organismal biology, and aquaculture and fisheries. Well-equipped facilities feature running seawater in two classrooms and most laboratories, a marine science library, lecture hall, housing facilities, greenhouses, experimental freshwater system for anadromous fish studies, and a dive locker and air station. The laboratory is located in Bodega Bay, Sonoma County, 100 miles west of Davis.

The California Regional Primate Research Center investigates selected human health problems for which the nonhuman primate is the animal model of choice. Research programs include behavioral and neurobiology, developmental and reproductive biology, respiratory diseases, virology and immunology, genetics and a variety of biomedical collaborative research projects. Self-sustaining breeding colonies of macaques are available for study of spontaneously occurring disorders.

The Center for Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary unit that serves as the focal point for the study of the neurosciences at UC Davis. Faculty and students are engaged in the study of brain mechanisms responsible for normal human cognitive and perceptual processes and in the study of fundamental aspects of nerve cell function and development.

The NCI Designated Cancer Center is located at the Sacramento campus and offers students access to state of the art research labs and facilities. Students can find a variety of thesis opportunities as well as access to core technologies, including animal imaging, biostatistics, genomics expression resources, mouse biology, optical biology, proteomics and an expanding biorepository.

The Genome Center houses and runs a number of core facilities related to high throughput genomic and proteomic analyses. These cores include those that specialize in DNA technologies, gene expression analysis, proteomics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics.

The Human Performance Laboratory houses equipment for the study of blood and muscle chemistry and enzymology, metabolism and energetics, muscle mechanics and electromyography, movement kinetics and kinematics, body composition and anthropometry, cardiorespiratory function during exercise in a controlled environment, control and acquisition of motor skills and the psychosocial aspects of human performance.

The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility provides qualified researchers in the biological, medical and physical sciences access to state-of-the-art NMR instrumentation for spectroscopy and imaging. At present, the facility operates six spectrometers of varying purposes and capabilities. All of the spectrometers are multinuclear, and a large variety of high resolution, surface and imaging coils are available for use.

Peter J. Shields Library, the main campus library, is a predominantly open-stack library which contains more than 2.2 million volumes and receives more than 60,000 periodicals, serials, and government publications annually. In addition to the collections and facilities of Shields Library, there are branch libraries for the health sciences, and the physical sciences and engineering.