UC San Diego is where the curious people come.
To see the unseen.

People like surfer-scientist Cliff Kapono.

He wondered how surfers’ unique exposure to marine bacteria and chemicals impacted their health.

We all have different passions that lead us down different paths.

What you discover here might just change the world.

From Breaks to Breakthroughs

As a Ph.D. student, Cliff tracked swells across five continents.

He swabbed hundreds of skin, mouth, and surfboard samples along the way.

All in pursuit of the Surfer Microbiome: understanding surfers on a molecular level.

The best part about attending graduate school at UC San Diego is I don’t have to choose between being a chemist or marine biologist or coral researcher. I can tackle these questions from a multidisciplinary perspective. Cliff Kapono
Are you one of us?

We seek curious minds who want to make the world a better place. If that sounds like you, welcome.