The LifeChips program at UC Irvine is dedicated to promoting the union of technology arts and life sciences through research and education at the micro and nano scales. The microscopic world provides a natural common ground for research in traditionally distinct disciplines of engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and medicine. Efforts that combine technology and life sciences will accelerate developments in both fields, bringing new innovations to solve problems of industry and the human condition.
LifeChips refers both to our program at UC Irvine, as well as a type of research and teaching paradigm–one that embraces the overlap between life science and technology that naturally occurs at microscopic scales. Multi-disciplinary researchers from traditionally different fields can find common ground and new territory under the theme of “LifeChips”. Furthermore, LifeChips practicioners are finding more and more opportunities for new discoveries, research funding and industry activities.
The LifeChips program works in three specific ways:
- Promotes and assists in organizing interdisciplinary research teams and projects.
- Develops interdisciplinary educational and training programs based on the LifeChips philosophy.
- Supports LifeChips outreach and technology transfer to industry and the public at large.