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Superheroes and science fiction meet the cutting edge of biological sciences in the Biology of Superheros podcast hosted by ISG faculty Shane Campbell-Staton and Arien Darby. Episodes explore the science of sci-fi favorites including Spiderman, Jurassic Park, Star Trek, Black Panther, Stranger Things, and the dragons of Game of Thrones. Listen to the podcast. Follow the podcast on Twitter.

Student Experience

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Shreya Ramineni  uses her studies in Human Biology and Society B.S. Major and Global Health Minor to explore the connections among academic fields of her interest such as race theory and the culture of science. Read more.

Alumni Activities

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Michaela Gabrielle Serafica, ISG class of 2019 graduate, shares her work experience as a Health Emergency Preparedness Analyst at San Mateo County Health Emergency Medical Services. Read more.

Student Capstone Projects

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Students in the Human Biology and Society major at UCLA complete an original research project at the intersection of biology and society in just 10 weeks. Students in Winter and Spring 2020 completed this project remotely during the COVID19 pandemic, and finished them during some of the largest protests against police violence in US history. To view their projects, click here.

Featured Research


ISG faculty Bharat Venkat’s book At the Limits of Cure (Duke University Press, 2021) addresses the notion that in both scholarly and popular conversations, cure is frequently taken as an ending—of illness, treatment, and of suffering more generally. What if, instead, we were to approach cure through its limits; through its partiality and fragility; through the many ways in which it falls apart, unravels or comes undone?

At the Limits of Cure was awarded The Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences. [Read more]

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The Institute's Index

In 2019, ISG faculty gave 15 talks in 9 countries, across 4 continents.


The HBS major is the 8th most popular major in a poll recently taken of incoming UCLA students for the 2020-2021 academic year.


In total, ISG faculty are collaborating with 23 different academic institutions nationally and 12 internationally.


74% of the students that applied to our Class of 2022 HBS major were admitted.

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