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.


Districting

Districting is a web-based platform to make the political redistricting process accessible to policymakers and those involved in making decisions about electoral districting.

Sierra Burkhart – Academic Director
UCLA Geospatial
Michael Shin – Professor
Department of Geography


Project by Warren Comulada

This project is a virtual reality experience to reduce anxiety in children prior to surgery.

Warren Comulada – Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences


Project by Liang Gao

This project features high-resolution, real-time flash imaging LIDAR systems.

Liang Gao – Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering


MitoRejuvenation

MitoRejuvenation aims to reverse or delay aging to reduce age-related diseases and develop diagnostic tools related to aging and diseases.

Ming Guo – Professor
Department of Neurology


uTheraPatch

uTheraPatch is an anti-bacterial patch for tissue regeneration.

Mahdi Hasani – Project Scientist
Department of Dentistry
Department of Bioengineering


Gay Sexuality and Social Policy Institute

Gay Sexuality and Social Policy Institute is an academic center dedicated to understanding the complexities of gay male sexuality and empowering global gay communities through research, policy analysis, and community mobilization.

Ian Holloway – Assistant Professor
Department of Social Welfare


Lookin Inc.

Lookin Inc. develops high-performance terahertz scanners for quality control of lithium-ion battery electrodes.

Mona Jarrahi – Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Project by Justin Karlin

This project aims to create a novel serum tears preparation device.

Justin Karlin – Assistant Professor
Stein and Doheny Eye Institutes


BioCartography

BioCartography is a new way to stain and image biological specimens to improve the information for research and diagnostic purposes..

Roy Wollman – Professor
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

PolyPro

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

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

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

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

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

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