Faculty, Research, and Facilities

At the heart of MCDB is its distinguished faculty. Our internationally recognized faculty members draw the finest graduate students to the school, enhance our educational programs, provide service to the community, and disseminate their extraordinary knowledge throughout society. You can help make a difference with:

Endowed Chairs

Endowed Chairs honor, encourage, and support the professors whose brilliant minds and commitment to education and research promote the University's mission. An endowed chair is the most significant honor the University can offer to faculty, by way of a donor's generosity. Holders of endowed chairs represent the most distinguished scholars who are selected for brilliant scholarship, inspirational teaching, and leadership. An endowed chair is a permanent endowment created by a philanthropic gift that supports the teaching and research of the scholar. A gift of $500,000 or more will support the creation of a new endowed chair and will provide a legacy for the donor on the UC Santa Barbara campus.

Established Endowed Chairs

We are deeply grateful for the following established funds.

The John Carbon Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Established through a generous gift from the Amgen Foundation. The Chair honors UC Santa Barbara Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, John Carbon, and his seminal contributions to science and UC Santa Barbara. Amgen and UC Santa Barbara have mutually benefited from a long partnership that began with the founding of Amgen and John Carbon's role as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board. The extraordinarily prestigious endowed chair will be used to recruit a truly stellar biomolecular scientist. The John Carbon Endowed Chair holder will play a central role in shaping the future of molecular education at UC Santa Barbara.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowships provide outstanding young scientists with the chance to work in collaboration with MCDB faculty and obtain additional training and experience. Postdoctoral experience is extremely helpful for developing the careers of young scientists. Help support a postdoctoral fellow through gifts to support research equipment and supplies, stipends, and research travel.

Named Full-Year Post-Doc Award

A gift of $50,000 or more fully supports a post-doc for one year of their career.

Lecture Series

Lecture series provide the Department with the opportunity to bring internationally recognized scholars to UC Santa Barbara. The visiting scholars are invited to participate with faculty and students within the Department through a formal lecture presented to the campus and local community, presentations in undergraduate and graduate level classes, and informal, small group discussions. Lecture series enable the Department to provide an exceptional learning environment for students that augments the general curriculum while raising the profile of the Department by attracting preeminent scholars in a particular field. These lectures are made possible by the generosity of our donors and the funds allow us to attract distinguished scholars to our campus and to maximize the impact of their visit to UC Santa Barbara.

Named Endowed Lecture Series

A gift of $20,000 or more establishes a permanent named lecture that can occur annually.

Named Lecture

A gift of $5,000 will support the expenses related to one lecture and can be named for the generosity of the donor.

Capital Naming Opportunities

MCDB is grateful for all charitable gifts, and honors leading donors who provide major support for student, faculty, programmatic, and capital needs. One significant way to pay tribute to our most generous supporters is to name the benefited program or facility for the donor. Your generous gift to support MCDB research and education can be commemorated by naming a building, laboratory, lecture hall, or facility in your or a loved one's honor. There are many naming opportunities in MCDB, including naming the new Life Sciences Building.

Research Support

If you wish to support a specific research program within MCDB, including Stem Cell Research, Alzheimer's Disease Research, Cancer Research, Macular Degeneration Research, Plant Molecular Biology, Kidney Disease Research, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Microbiology, or the research of a particular faculty member, please contact Beth Ptalis Hough at (805) 893-5198 or beth.hough@ucsb.edu.