Research Facilities

Graduate students at UC Davis have access to a wide range of specialized laboratories and research facilities. Below is a list of several of the large research units neuroscience graduate students work in, and facilities that they actively collaborate with.

For a complete listing of facilities available at, or associated with UC Davis, link to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

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 neuroscience research at all levels, from the study of human cognition and perception to the study of the fundamental aspects of neural function and development. Many resources are available to students through the Center for Neuroscience.

The Center for Mind and Brain is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to understanding the human mind and its links to the brain.

The MIND Institute supports critical research designed to understand the causes of neurodevelopmental disorders, and to develop effective diagnoses, treatments, preventions, and, ultimately, cures for these disorders. Research groups at the MIND Institute apply a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to make and utilize advances in neuroscience genetics, pharmacology, and more. There is active research on several neurodevelopmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fragile X Syndrome, Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome, and more.

The California National Primate Research Centerpart of the National Primate Research Centers Program, is dedicated to improving human health and quality of life through support of exceptional nonhuman primate research programs. Research focuses on human health problems for which the nonhuman primate is the animal model of choice, ranging in topics including neurobiology, developmental and reproductive biology, virology and immunology, genetics, and a variety of biomedical collaborative research projects.

The Northern California Shriners Hospital is engaged in both scientific and clinical research studies related to the care of children with complex medical conditions. Basic scientific research in headquartered in the Institute of Pediatric Regenerative Medicine, with teams investigating genetic links to cellular function, disease, and therapies. Clinical research includes multi-center studies coordinated with other Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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 UC Davis Campus Research Core Facilities offer expertise, equipment use, and other services to researches on and off campus. Facilities include the Flow Cytometry Shared Resource, the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging, the DNA Technologies and Expression Analysis Cores, the Imaging Research Center, the Light Microscopy Imaging Facility, the Mouse Biology Program, the Proteomics Core Facility, and more.