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About Us


The California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) mission is to develop a professional biotechnology workforce by mobilizing and supporting collaborative CSU student and faculty research, innovating educational practices, and partnering with the life science industry. 

CSUPERB provides seed grant funding, organizes an annual biotechnology symposium, sponsors industry-responsive curriculum, and serves as a liaison for the CSU with government, philanthropic, educational, and biotechnology industry partners. The program involves students and faculty from Life, Physical, Computer and Clinical Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Math and Business departments at all 23 CSU campuses.​

​What We Believe

  • CSUPERB believes that the best way to recruit, engage, and help students persist in life science careers is to provide access to experiential learning opportunities in biotechnology research and entrepreneurship. 
  • CSUPERB recognizes that modern biotechnology preparation requires the integration of multi-disciplinary coursework, hands-on practice and collaborative, team-based projects. We know that these experiences are particularly effective at engaging and retaining students who are the first in their families to attend college or are from communities underrepresented in the life sciences. 
  • By working with CSU faculty scholars on solutions for real-world problems in the classroom and on research teams, all students can build a solid foundation for successful life science careers. 
  • CSUPERB can best serve the evolving life sciences industry and California’s regional economies by partnering with industry professionals, experts and organizations. CSUPERB knows that the California State University plays a critical role in California’s biotechnology industry by providing not only a professional workforce but also innovative ideas that drive the growth and evolution of the industry.