Research: Initiatives

LifeChips

The LifeChips research is dedicated to promoting the union of technology arts and life sciences through research and education at the micro and nano scales. The microscopic world provides a natural common ground for research in traditionally distinct disciplines of engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and medicine. Efforts that combine technology and life sciences will accelerate developments in both fields, bringing new innovations to solve problems of industry and the human condition. LifeChips refers both to a program at UC Irvine, as well as a type of research and teaching paradigm--one that embraces the overlap between life science and technology that naturally occurs at microscopic scales. Multi-disciplinary researchers from traditionally different fields can find common ground and new territory under the theme of "LifeChips". Furthermore, LifeChips practicioners are finding more and more opportunities for new discoveries, research funding and industry activities.