Innovation Institute

UC San Diego Innovation Institute is a faculty-to-faculty mentoring program that provides advice and mentoring for faculty interested in innovation and entrepreneurism. The volunteer network of mentors include faculty who have successfully navigated the commercialization process either through the transfer of their technology to a third party or to their own startup company.

The list of volunteer faculty mentors and their area of experience and expertise is listed in the table below.
To request a faculty mentor, please contact Donna Shaw in our office.

Donna Shaw, PhD, CLP
Assistant Director, Life Science Licensing
donnashaw@ucsd.edu
(858) 534-6086

Faculty NameDepartmentArea of Experience
Thomas Bewley, PhD MECHANICAL/AEROSPACE ENGINEERINGLicensed Technology
Ethan Bier, PhDCELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGYStartup Founder
Lars Bode, PhDPEDIATRICSLicensed Technology
Eric Courchesne, PhDNEUROSCIENCELicensed Technology
Sujit Dey, PhDELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERINGStartup Founder
Steven Dowdy, PhDCELLULAR & MOLECULAR MEDICINELicensed Technology, Startup Founder
Pradipta Ghosh, MDMEDICINELicensed Technology
Todd Gilmer, PhDFAMILY MEDICINE & PUBLIC HEALTHLicensed Technology
David Gough, PhDBIOENGINEERINGStartup Founder
Jeffrey Harris, MD, PhDSURGERYLicensed Technology, Startup Founder
Michael Heller, PhDNANOENGINEERINGLicensed Technology
Karl Hostetler, MDMEDICINEStartup Founder
Andrew Kahng, PhDCOMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERINGStartup Founder
Ryan Kastner, PhDCOMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERINGStartup Founder
Thomas Kipps, MD, PhDMEDICINELicensed Technology
Yu-Hwa Lo, PhDELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERINGLicensed Technology, Startup Founder
Bradley Messmer, PhDCANCER CENTERStartup Founder
Stephen Mayfield, PhDMOLECULAR BIOLOGYStartup Founder
Thomas Murphy, PhDPHYSICSStartup Founder
Truong Nguyen, PhDELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERINGStartup Founder
Michael Sailor, PhDCHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRYLicensed Technology, Startup Founder
Dariusz Stramski, PhDMARINE PHYSICAL LABORATORYStartup Founder
John West, PhDMEDICINELicensed Technology
Jerry Yang, PhDCHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRYStartup Founder
Kun Zhang, PhDBIOENGINEERINGStartup Founder
Liangfang Zhang, PhDNANOENGINEERINGStartup Founder