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We are one of the top 100 public research universities in the nation, and growing each year.  We see research as a way to engage our students in education and a way to better the world. Our researchers are educators, scholars, humanitarians, scientists, creatives, and students. We work here in San Diego and throughout five of the continents.


Research Horizons

Why do we get that sinking feeling in our stomach when we are nervous? Chemistry professor Erica Forsberg is attempting to answer this question by analyzing how the bacteria in our guts communicate with our brains.

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Research Spotlight

Planets in space

New Planet Discovered Orbiting Two Stars

Astronomers discovered a third planet in the Kepler-47 system, securing the system’s title as the most interesting of the binary-star worlds.

Scuba diver under water

Researchers Uncover Secrets of Underwater Microbes

A study found the bacteria present near coral reefs ebb and flow throughout the day, changes that are synchronized across reefs separated by hundreds of miles.

Yong Yan

Discovery May Lower Cost of Making Pharmaceuticals

Researchers discovered that a hybrid material can be used as an inexpensive and ultra efficient catalyst to spur the chemical reactions necessary to make pharmaceutical drugs. 



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Helping the Human Heart

Unlike some parts of the human body, the heart does not heal if damaged. But a drug therapy in development here at SDSU might boost the heart’s natural defense against damage, decrease mortality and enhance the quality of life for people who have suffered a heart attack.

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