Paths to Discovery
Scientific exploration can lead scientists in unexpected directions. Sometimes to cure a childhood disease, you need to start with exploration of the sea and the rain forests. The threads that connect us to all life on Earth naturally lead us on a path to discovery. The Naviaux Lab at UCSD has a track record of innovation and discovery that has meant real progress for children with mitochondrial disease for 20 years.
Research in the Naviaux laboratory is divided in three groups:
- Mitochondrial Mechanisms of Health and Disease, and Healing
- Ecogenetics, Metabolomics, and Environmental Impacts on Child Health
- Ecosystems Dynamics and Marine Metagenomics
The Naviaux Laboratory is devoted to exploring new perspectives in chronic diseases that have not been traditionally associated with genetics and metabolism. These discoveries have grown naturally from the care, diagnosis, treatment, and research to help children with mitochondrial disease. The lab has recently expanded to the study of several neurologic, psychiatric, and autoimmune disorders. These include Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Major and Bipolar Depression, and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.