Oakes Faculty Fellows

The Oakes College faculty represents a wealth of expertise from the natural sciences to the humanities, and we are proud to have some of the top scholars in the world among our faculty. Our students major in nearly every discipline at UCSC—from economics and computer science, to theater arts and Latin American and Latino studies—and they are well supported by the depth and breadth of the Oakes College faculty and the extensive knowledge of our advising team.

TBA is Oakes's faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.


Todd M Lowe
  • Pronouns he, him, his, his, himself
  • Title
    • Professor & Associate Dean for Research, Baskin Engineering
  • Division Baskin School of Engineering
  • Department
    • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Affiliations Baskin School of Engineering, Biomolecular Engineering
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Physical Sciences Building, Room 320
  • Office Hours By Appointment
  • Mail Stop SOE2
  • Mailing Address
    • Physical Sciences Building Rm 320
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Biology, Bioinformatics, Big Data, Genomics, RNA Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Gene Expression
  • Courses BME 110, Computational Biology Tools

Research Interests

  • Computational and experimental non-coding RNA research
  • Comparative transcriptomics
  • RNA gene discovery (gene finders) and probabilistic modeling
  • RNA-based gene regulation (antisense small RNAs, RNA-guided modification)
  • Transfer RNA research - new functions and modes of regulation
  • Role of RNA modification in regulation
  • Alternative roles of non-coding RNAs (e.g., tRNA-derived small RNAs, piRNAs)
  • Genomics of Archaea
  • Evolutionary adaptation to extreme environments
  • Small nucleolar RNA research
  • Evolution of RNA gene familes

Biography, Education and Training

  • B.A in Biology, 1992, Williams College, Williamstown MA
  • Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics, 1999, Washington Univ. in St. Louis

Selected Publications

Current Publications