UC Berkeley & Berkeley Lab


UC Berkeley has a unique and historic relationship with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). When the laboratory became a part of the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratory system in the 1950s, the partnership between the two institutions was broadened beyond its initial focus. Today, the relationship continues to thrive. More than 200 UC Berkeley faculty members also hold appointments at the Berkeley Lab. In addition, Berkeley Lab hosts nearly 600 UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students, along with 500 postdoctoral researchers. 

The two institutions are partners in a number of major research efforts, including the Joint BioEnergy Institute, the US/China Clean Energy Research Center for Water-Energy Technologies and a partnership with UCSF focused on innovative brain research. More importantly, the partnership provides UC Berkeley faculty, post docs and graduate students ongoing access to cutting-edge technology and opportunities to collaborate with leading researchers. These unique partnerships have led to Nobel prizes and numerous scientific breakthroughs.