A partnership between UC Santa Cruz and NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley to foster collaboration, innovation, and research among our Affiliates at the intersection of academia, government, and industry. Our Affiliates conduct and leverage collaborative research in one or more of these three centers of excellence:
  • Astrobiology, Synthetic Biology (SynBio), Space Biosciences
  • Sensors and Networks
  • Energy and Sustainability Solutions
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Fostering Collaborations

In today's increasingly dynamic and interdisciplinary world, working in cross-functional teams is critical to success. The ASL is an anchor by which to foster collaborative environments and opportunities where ASL Affiliates can focus on the core research areas of the ASL.

Innovating Research

Innovation is the foundation of a successful economy, through which new opportunities and knowledge are generated. The ASL supports the research activities of ASL Affiliates and fosters the collaborative environment for addressing today's challenges with innovative solutions and discoveries.

Inspiring Education

An educated and well-trained workforce is the foundation for our future society. In order to aspire for a better tomorrow, we must inspire the educational efforts of today. The ASL inspires educational activities for Students and Postdocs, in addition to Teachers, Professors, and Researcher Mentors.

Welcome to the ASL

The Advanced Studies Laboratory (ASL) provides a partnership between NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Supported by a Space Act Agreement between the partners and directed from UCSC's Silicon Valley Initiatives, ASL is making innovation practical by creating a shared research space at NASA ARC operated by UCSC.

2015 ASL Summer Internship Program

Created in 2009 and formalized the following year, the ASL Summer Internship Program enters its seventh consecutive year in 2015. Since its inception, the program has provided unique, hands-on research opportunities to more than 75 undergraduate and graduate students from UC Santa Cruz,  other UC campuses, (Berkeley, Davis, San Diego), Foothill-DeAnza Community College District, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, and other local and national universities.

Dr. Daisuke Kiga to present "Simplification of the Genetic Code: Restricted Diversity of Genetically Encoded Amino Acids" at the ASL on Feb. 17

Daisuke Kiga, Associate Professor of computational intelligence and systems science and faculty member of the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, will present a seminar, "Simplification of the Genetic Code: Restricted Diversity of Genetically Encoded Amino Acids"​, at the ASL on February 17th as part of the ASL and Ames Bio and Syn Bio Talks Seminar Series. The event will be held in Building N239, Room B39 from 12:00-1:00pm. 

Overcoming Fundamental Limitations of In Vitro Diagnostics Using NanoPlasmonic BioNEMS and Optofluidic Metasurfaces with Ali Yanik at ASL on Decebmer 11th

Ali Yanik, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, will present a seminar, "NanoPlasmonic BioNEMS and Optofluidic Metasurfaces​", at the ASL on Thursday, December 11th. The event will be held in Building N239, Room #B39 from 1:00-2:00pm.


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