Research Opportunities

The Biology Department at SF State is an energetic community dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge and providing a rich educational environment. Supported by highly skilled technical and administrative staff, our 47 full-time diverse faculty conduct cutting-edge research to provide abundant training opportunities for our more than 1500 undergraduate and 150 graduate students. 

Faculty Research Labs

Additional Research Opportunities

Science Education Partnership and Assessment Lab (SEPAL)

Highlights the teaching philosophies of different instructors in the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Lab.

Student Enrichment Opportunities (SEO)

SEO programs are designed to prepare students from underrepresented groups including those with disabilities for advanced biomedical degrees by providing financial support, academic support and stimulating research experiences.

Promoting Inclusivity in Computing (PINC)

PINC is a program intended for undergraduate Biology and Chemistry majors to learn about computer science.

Health Equity Research (HER) Lab

The HER Lab is a state-of-the-art facility that uses biomedical tools and techniques to address health disparities.

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

REU is a National Science Foundation-funded summer program designed to engage students in biological research in ecological and evolutionary developmental biology.

Professional Science Master's (PSM)

The PSM M.S. in Biomedical Science includes two internship-based concentrations: Master's in Biotechnology and Master's in Stem Cell Science.

SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity)

SF BUILD is a project funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH Funded Workforce. Through its implementation we focus on students, faculty and institutional practices to create change that will transform teaching and research environments and thereby enhance diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

The mission of SF BUILD is to enhance diversity of the biomedical research workforce by transforming the teaching and research environments at SF State. We create engaging and supportive spaces where students and faculty can safely represent different backgrounds and perspectives. Additionally, in partnership with UC San Francisco (UCSF), students and faculty receive training and mentoring to make significant contributions to biomedical research by asking innovative questions that are relevant to local communities.

SF BUILD Provides:

  • Scholars Program
  • SF BUILD will create a community of scholars who will work together to support each other's goals and objectives.
  • SF BUILD will help you to improve your academic performance, enhance your well-being and create a strong science identity.
  • SF BUILD will increase your competitiveness for employment in the biomedical research workforce.
  • Research and Mentorship Opportunities, Networking Opportunities, Financial Support for SF State Tuition, Monthly Stipend for research activities, Research Funds, Professional Development Workshops

SF BUILD and Metro College Success Program

SF BUILD collaborates with Metro to have graduate and undergraduate students peer mentor other SF State students who are early in their undergraduate career.

Contact: SF BUILD Email

Graduate Opportunities to Learn Data Science (GOLD)

GOLD is a program for SF State Biology and Chemistry incoming graduate students who want to earn a nine-unit graduate certificate in Data Science for Biology and Chemistry. Data Science is a powerful tool for Biologists and Chemists.

With computer programming and data science skills you can:

  • Skillfully process and analyze large, cutting edge data sets
  • Write scripts to create compelling visualization of your results
  • Use statistics to demonstrate the significance of your results
  • Save time by automating data analysis and visualization
  • Organize and annotate data for reproducibility, clarity and long-term storage

What students get from GOLD?

  • Help you learn data science skills you need to analyze exciting biology/chemistry data sets
  • Support you to apply those skills in your thesis
  • Help you make connections outside SF State to help you get a job in industry or Ph.D position
  • Provide courses that are intentionally designed for biology and chemistry students.

On-Campus Research Centers

Center for Health Disparities Research & Training

A five-year award from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities supports the development of infrastructure for research on health disparities. Its goal is to encourage and support SF State faculty who are doing or planning to do research on the root causes of inequities in health and access to health care and/or studying ways to design and test interventions that aim to eliminate these inequities.

Center for Computing for the Life Sciences

Part of a University-wide strategic thrust towards interdisciplinary research and education. It addresses the emerging trend of integration of life sciences and computational and mathematical sciences.

Science Education Partnership & Assessment Laboratory

Engaging scientists and teachers in partnership, research and coursework to transform science teaching kindergarten through college

Student Enrichment Opportunities Office

The SEO programs are designed to prepare students from underrepresented groups including those with disabilities for advanced biomedical degrees by providing financial support, academic support and stimulating research experiences.

Off-Campus Affiliates

Estuary & Ocean Science Center

SF State's Marine Laboratory: Advancing the understanding of the world’s complex marine and estuarine environments through research, education and outreach, with a focus on San Francisco Bay. Many SF State faculty and students with interests in Marine Biology are located here.

California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences (CAS) is more than a world-class natural history museum. It's an international leader in research, actively supporting 46 outstanding scientists in 11 fields of study that span the natural sciences. SF State grad students may take advantage of the facilities. Most of the CAS curatorial researchers are also members of the Biology graduate faculty at SF State.

Moss Landing Marine Laboratory

On Monterey Bay, the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory (MLML) is an active research and teaching institution. It is governed by a consortium of seven CSU campuses. SF State grad students pursuing a M.S. in Marine Science are stationed at MLML.

Sierra Nevada Field Campus

San Francisco State University's Sierra Nevada Field Campus is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of the biological diversity, geosciences, hydrology, astronomy, plein air art and written word in the Gold Lakes Basin and Sierra Valley regions of the Sierra Nevada through education and research.