About the Biomedical Research Minor

The UCLA Minor in Biomedical Research was officially launched in Spring 2007. Conceived by Prof. Utpal Banerjee and Dean Fred Eiserling as a logical extension of Dr. Banerjee’s highly successful HHMI Professors program, the Undergraduate Research Consortium in Functional Genomics (URCFG; www.bruinfly.ucla.edu), the Minor was designed to make laboratory research a core part of the scientific curriculum as early as the first year of college. Independent research is complemented by coursework that develops important skills such as critical thinking, analysis of research literature and data presentation. In addition, an ethics and social science component trains students to recognize the political, social and philosophical issues facing science today.The UCLA Minor in Biomedical Research was made possible by generous support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.