148.5 Million in funding in fiscal 2019


Innovative. Interdisciplinary. Diverse.

We are one of top 60 public research universities in the nation.  Research at SDSU engages our students in education and provides discoveries, interventions and solutions that better the world. Our researchers are educators, scholars, humanitarians, scientists, engineers, health poviders, creatives and students. 


Research Horizons

How does a tumor escape the normal checks and balances that keep cells healthy and cancer-free? Chemistry professor Christal Sohl examines how enzymes, the protein workhorses of human cells, go rogue in ways that lead to cancer.

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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

Mysteries of the Microbiome Spark a Lifelong Passion

A mix of curiosity and motivation fueled Pedro Torres during his doctoral studies at SDSU, where he authored 12 scientific papers, including one with positive implications for women's health.



Research at a glance

312 principal investigators

23 Doctoral Programs

786 awards



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Faculty Research Abroad

SDSU faculty travel the globe to conduct critical fieldwork in countries like Vietnam, South Africa, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Spain, France and elsewhere. Follow along with our series: