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The Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences is a premier institution for the science of life. For over 50 years we have made training the next generation of biologist, and providing solutions to society’s grand challenges, essential to the mission of the School. With our renowned faculty who specialize in research areas ranging from single cell communication to entire ecosystems, the School offers wide multidisciplinary academic and research opportunities in the areas of;

Ecology Genetics
Cancer biology Mechanisms of gene expression
Cell biology Learning and memory
Developmental biology Structural biology
Virology

Students:
In 2016, the Ayala School of Biological Sciences enrolled 1,243 new undergraduate students, making the Fall 2016 class one of the School’s largest ever. Our combined student population consist of 3,578 undergraduate and 271 graduate students, making the Ayala School one of the largest at UC Irvine. At the 51st annual commencement ceremony in 2016, the School awarded 720 Bachelor of Science degrees, 55 Master of Science degrees and 30 Doctoral degrees. The rigorous undergraduate educational programs at the Ayala School emphasize broad subject competence and performance, allowing a high number of our graduates to attend health-related professional schools.

Departments:
The Ayala School of Biological Sciences is comprised of four departments focused on integrated areas of research and education:

Developmental and Cell Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Neurobiology and Behavior

In addition, the School is also home to several research centers and campus initiatives that are making significant contributions to basic and translational research, academia, and the broader community.


Faculty:
Faculty members participate in cutting-edge research on a wide variety of subjects. Their areas of expertise range from health-related issues such as dementia and neurodegeneration, stem cell therapies and infectious diseases, to environmental study and remediation and science teacher education. The School currently has 119 active faculty members.

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