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.

2016 ASL Summer Internship Program

Created in 2009 and formalized the following year, the ASL Summer Internship Program enters its eigth consecutive year in 2016. 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.

JAMSTEC Senior Scientist, Takuro Nunoura, to Present Seminar on December 16th

Takuro Nunoura, Senior Scientist at the Institute of Biogeosciences and Group Leader for the Research and Development Center for Marine Biosciences at Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science & Technology (JAMSTEC), will present a seminar, "Bidirectional TCA Cycle in a Facultatively Chemolithoautotrophic and Thermophilic Deeply-branching Bacteria" at the ASL on Wednesday, December 16th. The event will be held in Building N239, Room #B39 from 12:00-1:00pm. 

Student Research Symposium on August 5th at NASA Ames

The Advanced Studies Laboratories and the University Affiliated Research Center's Systems Teaching Institute will host a student research poster sessioin at NASA Ames on Wednesday, August 5th.

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