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The UC Irvine School of Biological Sciences faculty consists of many highly distinguished members who rank highly in the National Research Council faculty productivity rankings and have received numerous international, national and campus awards through the years. With the quality of junior faculty and recent hires, the continued excellence and standing of the School of Biological Sciences is very promising.

The School leadership consists of Dean Frank M. LaFerla, Ph.D, three Associate Deans as well as four department chairs and over 100 outstanding faculty members.

UC Irvine School of Biological Sciences has many faculty members with national and international recognitions, including:

  • Six Fellows of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Seven Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Two Fellows of the Royal Society
  • 32 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

Professor Francisco Ayala, Ph.D, received the Templeton Prize in 2010, the world’s largest annual award given to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension. Members of our faculty have received a total of 26 honorary doctoral degrees from universities all over the world.

Other interesting Biological Sciences faculty facts

  • Five faculty members and the Dean hold Endowed Chairs or Professorships
  • Three faculty members are Distinguished Professors
  • Four faculty members are Chancellor’s Professors or Fellows
  • Over the past four years, eight members of our faculty have received Distinguished Faculty Awards from the Academic Senate, including three awards for Research, three for University Service, and two for Teaching.

UC Irvine campus recognition

At the campus’ Celebration of Teaching event over the past five years:

  • Two Biological Sciences faculty members have won Professor of the Year awards
  • Two have received the TA Development Mentor of the Year Award
  • Four of our graduate students have received the Most Promising Future Faculty Member Award.
  • One faculty member has received the ASUCI Professor of the Year award an unprecedented 5 times.

The current UC Irvine School of Biological Sciences Assistant Professors are also doing exceptionally well in grant funding and winning nationally competitive honors such as Sloan Young Investigator, Pew, Whitehall Foundation and National Science Foundation Career Awards.