Excellence in Research

UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab

View of UC Berkeley from Berkeley Lab
View of UC Berkeley from Berkeley Lab

UC Berkeley has a unique and historic relationship with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. When the Lab 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 (CERCWET) 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 numerous Nobel prizes and scientific breakthroughs.

To advance their research, UC Berkeley faculty and students have access to Berkeley Lab's five unique National User Facilities, including the