The Molecular Biology Institute was been built on a foundation of philanthropy. Much of what we have accomplished over the past 50 years has been made possible by supporters who believe in our mission. Here are some new initiatives we are working on and we welcome your feedback and involvement!

MBI Conference Facility- the next 50 years.


Artists rendering of the new conference room

The Molecular Biology Institute is committed to facilitating collaborations and accelerating research progress across Departmental lines. We do this by bringing our members together frequently to hear scientific presentations and to share research updates and technological advances. Centrally located on South Campus, the conference room in Boyer Hall has served as an excellent space for this purpose for many years. It is used extensively by the MBI and can cater to a boyer_conf-159_outdoor-viewrange of events, from large seminars and receptions to small lab meetings.

It is now time to reimagine the conference room space for the 21st century. We would like to fully equip the room to support both presentations and video conferencing, in addition to improving the overall quality of the audiovisuals. We would also like to expand the space to include the adjacent patio where we can host pre- and post-talk receptions and other events that are becoming increasingly important to forge relationships and promote candid conversations among researchers. To realize this vision, we are looking for philanthropic partners who would like to help us transform this space and provide a significant resource to our scientist and our students. There are also opportunities to name the room, recognizing major contributions to its renovation. We welcome the opportunity to show you our plans in more detail!

Accelerating Research with Cutting Edge Technology

Access to the latest technology and cutting-edge techniques is crucial to tap the transformative potential of molecular biology. Often, these advances are not readily available to university researchers, who typically purchase new equipment only when they first set up their labs. UCLA MBI proposes to implement a dynamic new model of instrumentation availability and training to address this issue: by setting up a technology incubator where the latest equipment and instruments will be showcased, demonstrated and made available for hands-on training for junior and senior researchers.

You can support this project by making a gift to the Directors Discretionary Fund.

International Outreach Program

The Molecular Biology Institute is committed to training the next generation of global scientific leaders. To achieve this goal, we must attract the highest-caliber students around the world, who bring with them diverse perspectives that are essential for new breakthroughs in science and medicine. Tuition costs continue to rise and are particularly high for international students, who number only 10% of the MBI Doctoral student body. We aim to change this by establishing the International Outreach Program, designed to attract the brightest international students and especially those from South America and Africa where career aspirations to train in the U.S. are severely limited by financial constraints. This program will allow us to identify the best candidates for graduate education in the MBI, regardless of their geographical origin, and build a truly global pipeline of scientific excellence for the future. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of the new wave of breakthroughs by providing a path for young international scientists to receive excellent training and lay the foundation for successful scientific careers.