Boz Research Capabilities
Boz Institute occupies over 3,500 ft2 of teaching space and research laboratory in the San Diego Science Center.
Example Partnership Opportunities
- Sponsored research (with the opportunity to include a research immersion experience for students)
- A customized research immersion experience for student groups
- Employee engagement through career panel discussions and student seminars
- Life science company internship hosted at Boz
Our current research/teaching projects involve:
- Biodiversity – DNA sequencing and phylogenetics (Irish strawberry)
- Metagenomics and 16S rRNA Seq profiling of soil, sediment, water, and gut microbes (fruit flies)
- Sex-specific gene brain transcriptomics (RNA-Seq) in flies
- Embryology – invertebrates (abalones, mussels, urchins), fish (medaka)
- Ecological risk assessment / water and sediment quality – sea urchin, bay mussel toxicology, sediment chemistry (GC-MS, HPLC via collaboration), eDNA, SNP analysis, RFLP, qRT-PCR
- Human health risk assessment / Environmental Epidemiology: COVID and other human pathogen testing in municipal wastewater, biomarkers of waterborne diseases
What our partners are saying
National Park Collaboration
Research Learning Centers (RLC) facilitate scientific partnerships between the National Park Service and the research community. RLCs also provide science outreach and education opportunities to young, aspiring scientists. The partnership between the Boz Institute and the Southern California RLC is a perfect example of how these relationships are intended to serve the general public. Our collaborative work to understand the genetic structure of a rare and threatened native succulent plant added significant new information to the scientific literature (Ecology and Evolution), provided local land managers with a better understanding of this species status in southern California and Baja California and provided an opportunity for four young scientists to participate in all aspects of a research project. Given the great success of this venture, I look forward to continued partnering in the future.
Keith Lombardo, PhD
Director, Southern California Research Learning Center
National Park Service
International Student Program
In collaboration with the Boz Institute, we were able to develop a custom group program for international undergraduate students focused on life sciences and basic science training – an area for which these international students had limited or no opportunities for participation at their home institution. The students were so proud of their achievements (and I of them) as evidenced when showcasing their work in a poster presentation session at the culmination of their two-week program. The experience these students gained in our collaboration with the Boz Institute will remain with them always — not only the science but also the friendships.
Grace D. Osborne
Global Leadership Institute, UCSD
Environmental Research Collaboration
Statera Environmental, Inc. is an environmental technology and consulting company that specializes in chemical exposure assessment, environmental toxicology and risk assessment, and innovative analytical and research services. Statera is collaborating with the Boz Institute using our knowledge and experience in chemistry, toxicology, risk assessment, and science education to improve our ability to assess, communicate, and mitigate the risks of chemicals to human and ecological health.
Damian Shea, Ph.D.