UCLA’s Faculty Innovation Fellows is a campus-wide program aimed at advancing entrepreneurial excellence and startup culture among faculty. The program is designed to advance innovative faculty projects into new startups, centers, or non-profits through a series of workshops and 1:1 venture consulting meetings.


PolyPro is a microbial system to turn plastic waste into value.

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Oliver Brandenberg – Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of  Human Genetics

Undocumented Migration Project

The Undocumented Migration Project establishes a center for under-represented student, art exhibition, cultural education and resources.

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Jason DeLeon – Professor
Department of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies

Scribe VR

Scribe VR is concept for a virtual reality application for immersively composing, ideating and self-expression in 360 degree space.

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Maja Manojlovic – Continuing Lecturer, Faculty Advisor for WII Pedagogy
UCLA Writing Programs


CO2Concrete turns CO2 emissions into construction materials (concrete blocks) and products without a need for carbon capture.

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Iman Mehdipour – Assistant Project Scientist
Laboratory for the Chemistry of Construction Materials

Aminopeptidase enhancers as a novel therapeutic avenue in dementia

Research with modifying targeted protein levels in the body to reduce neuro-degradation.

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Liting Deng – Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Neurology
Geschwind Lab

Novel Vaginal Drug Delivery Device

A vaginal drug delivery tool.

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Tamara Grisales – Assistant Clinical Professor
Leena Shankar – Assistant Clinical Professor

A Novel Orthopaedic Surgical System

A surgical assist arm for orthopedic surgical procedures.

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Nelson SooHoo – Professor
UCLA Orthopedics

Re-entry Communications Technology

Developing technology to reduce communication black outs for vehicles traveling at hypersonic speeds.

John Koulakis – Assistant Project Scientist
UCLA Putterman Research Group


ChatterBaby is a new technology tool that helps decipher the meaning of infant cries.

Ariana Anderson – Assistant Professor-in-residence
Department of  Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois is an online social change platform that connects and empowers sociologists and grassroots social activists to collaborate on today’s most pressing social justice issues.

Karida Brown – Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology, UCLA School of Letters and Sciences
Division of Social Sciences: Du Boisian Scholar Network


XRA IV is a platform that brings live theatre and augmented reality together to create a next-generation entertainment experience.

Jeff Burke – Professor-in-residence and Associate Dean
Department of Theatre
Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance


BESSTT (Building Educational Solutions for Students, Teachers and Trainers) offers research-based educational assessment tools that improve student learning outcomes.

Li Cai – Professor, Co-Director
Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Pediatric Covered Stents

Pediatric Covered Stents are stents designed specifically to meet the needs of pediatric heart patients.

Daniel Levi – Professor
Department of Pediatric Cardiology
David Geffen School of Medicine

Desktop Sculptures and Archeology

Desktop Sculptures and Archeology is a web platform for artist and archeol- ogist providing modestly priced and modestly sized art objects, enabling cultural preservation, education and activism.

Hirsch Perlman – Professor
Department of Art
School of Arts and Architecture

Archive of Healing, Ritual, and Transformation

The Archive of Healing, Ritual, and Transformation is a searchable database of world-wide approaches to healing.

David Shorter – Professor
Department of World Arts and Culture
School of Arts and Architecture

Rocket Project

Rocket Project is a four-year program that teaches university students how to build rockets and become the space engineers of the future.

Mitchell Spearrin – Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science


mWellness is an app that monitors patient mental health, allowing for early intervention and prevention of mental health crises.

Alexander Young – Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

EarlyDiagnostics, Inc.

EarlyDiagnostics, Inc. is an accurate, affordable and non-invasive tool for early cancer detection.

Jasmine Zhou – Professor
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine