RESEARCH INITIATIVES

CNSI provides a unique collaborative atmosphere that leverages pooled talent and resources to address the most serious and perplexing questions of our time.

Research priorities of the CNSI at UCLA build upon the work of our Members, over 150 leading faculty representing nearly 35 Departments. CNSI provides a unique collaborative atmosphere that leverages pooled talent and resources to address the most serious and perplexing questions of our time. The Institute facilitates powerful collaborations among world-class scientists in fields ranging from applied mathematics and engineering to the natural and biomedical sciences. By leveraging the Institute’s central location in the heart of UCLA’s Court of Sciences and proximity to UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, CNSI supports problem-based, team science initiatives in targeted areas.

Nanomedicine for Cancer
Beyond CMOS
Sustainability
Precision Antibiotics
Tools for Discovery
Stem Cell Nanomedicine

Research priorities of the CNSI at UCLA build upon the work of our Members, over 150 leading faculty representing nearly 35 Departments. CNSI provides a unique collaborative atmosphere that leverages pooled talent and resources to address the most serious and perplexing questions of our time. The Institute facilitates powerful collaborations among world-class scientists in fields ranging from applied mathematics and engineering to the natural and biomedical sciences. By leveraging the Institute’s central location in the heart of UCLA’s Court of Sciences and proximity to UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, CNSI supports problem-based, team science initiatives in targeted areas:

Nanomedicine for Cancer
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Sustainability
Precision Antibiotics
Tools for Discovery
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Research Facilitation

The CNSI Grants Facilitation Team works to catalyze interactions between new and existing teams of researchers to develop collaborative proposals that cross disciplines and support the key research mission of the Institute. Our team offers organizational assistance including meeting scheduling, budget construction, editing, and writing assistance to meet submission deadlines with polished proposals in compliance with government, university, and sponsor regulations and requirements.

Research News

June 23, 2023 | New rapid viral plaque detection system, aided by deep learning and holographic imaging, can help accelerate vaccine and drug development 

June 23, 2023 | New rapid viral plaque detection system, aided by deep learning and holographic imaging, can help accelerate vaccine and drug development 

In a new paper published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, a team of scientists led by Professor Aydogan Ozcan from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UCLA and an associate director of the California NanoSystems Institute, developed a rapid, stain-free, and automated viral plaque detection system enabled by holography and deep learning.

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May 1, 2023 | Pri Narang and Sergio Carbajo look to advance quantum science for next-gen sensors

May 1, 2023 | Pri Narang and Sergio Carbajo look to advance quantum science for next-gen sensors

Two members of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA are working together to understand the incredibly fast interactions between particles that take place at infinitesimally tiny scales. Professors Prineha “Pri” Narang and Sergio Carbajo aim to harness their findings by developing technology for taking measurements with previously impossible levels of sensitivity.

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January 4, 2023 | Tiny implantable device designed by UCLA scientists helps kill cancer

January 4, 2023 | Tiny implantable device designed by UCLA scientists helps kill cancer

Now, an interdisciplinary UCLA research team reports encouraging results in laboratory studies testing a tiny implantable device they call a SymphNode, which is designed to keep regulatory T cells in check only in the area around a tumor while summoning and strengthening tumor-fighting cells. The device was shown to drive tumors into remission, eliminate metastasis, prevent the growth of new tumors and result in longer survival in mice.

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December 14, 2022 | UCLA-led research could lead to more durable solar cells

December 14, 2022 | UCLA-led research could lead to more durable solar cells

An international research collaboration led by UCLA has developed a way to use perovskite in solar cells while protecting it from the conditions that cause it to deteriorate. In a study published in Nature Materials, the scientists added small quantities of ions — electrically charged atoms — of a metal called neodymium directly to perovskite.

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December 8, 2022 | 3D-printed decoder, AI-enabled image compression could enable higher-res displays

December 8, 2022 | 3D-printed decoder, AI-enabled image compression could enable higher-res displays

A UCLA team has developed a technology for projecting high-resolution computer-generated images using one-sixteenth the number of pixels contained in their source images. The system compresses images based on an artificial intelligence algorithm, and then decodes them using an optical decoder — a thin, translucent sheet of plastic produced using a 3D printer — that is designed to interact with light in a specific way as part of the same algorithm.

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