What happens to our aging cells? | How are female and male brains different ? | Is yeast more intelligent than humans?

These are questions our students explore.

Our research immersion program

gives students research experience from developing a hypothesis, conducting field work, designing and running experiments, collecting and analyzing data and communicating their results. Project curriculum consists of fundamental molecular biology topics, modern lab methodology, bioinformatics, and statistical analysis. The program is currently offered year-round to pre-college students through a partnership with UCSD Division of Extended Studies.

Be a member of our research team

 and discover why is it so fun and rewarding to be a scientist.

Our Impact


Students served


Scholarships provided


Presentations given

Research Immersion Program – The Experience:

  • Synthesize life science fundamentals
  • Formulate hypotheses and design experiments
  • Culture and maintain organisms in the lab
  • Collect and process samples
  • Execute experiments
  • Collect, manage, and analyze data
  • Review primary literature
  • Communicate your research through poster presentations and seminars attended by scientists and industry leaders.

Our joint immersion program with UCSD Division of Extended Studies fosters opportunities for collaboration, internships, and career advancement for pre-college students.

AIP 197 – Academic Internship – UC San Diego

What does research at Boz mean?

  • Become a significantly contributing member as a researcher/analyst on one of our teams!
  • Research projects include: neurobiology, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, genomics and epigenetics, environmental science and toxicology, plant ecology and evolution, biostatistics, bioinformatics, and science education

What do you gain?

  • Learn to: critically review scientific literature during journal clubs, formulate hypotheses, design and execute experiments, maintain lab organisms, apply molecular biology methodology, collect and process samples, generate and analyze data
  • Communicate: participate in weekly lab meetings, relay research findings bi-weekly, present formal science seminar upon program completion
  • Complete: peer-reviewed scientific journal-style report on your research project
  • Receive: academic research credits 

must be current UCSD undergraduate student – no academic level requirements


Boz has diverse and collaborative research projects. We study local ecology, animal development, neurobiology, metabolism, aging, etc. and partner with academic institutions, government, and life science companies.



How genetically diverse is the Irish Strawberry Plant?

Cellular Physiology

What happens to aging cells?


How are female and male brains different?


How do enzymes react to stress?

Public Health Trends

What are the effects of ADHD diagnosis and treatment

on individual, family, and community health?


How is animal development affected by human pollution?

Environmental Science

What can long-term environmental testing

teach us about ecosystem and human health?

Science Education

Is there a better way to help our science students succeed?

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