Director

Prof. Manel Camps  manel-camps.jpg

Manel Camps is Professor in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology with a
research program focused on the evolution of new biochemical activities, both at the
level of single proteins (DNA repair and antibiotic resistance genes) and of bacterial
genomes (plasmids, toxin-antitoxins). His training includes a Doctor in Veterinary
Medicine degree (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 1993), a Ph.D. in Microbiology
and Immunology, working under John Boothroyd’s supervision (Stanford University,
2001), and six years of postdoctoral training with Dr. Lawrence A. Loeb at the University
of Washington. He joined the Department of Microbiology and Environmental
Toxicology at UCSC in 2007. In 2014, he became Provost of Crown College, where he
oversaw the development of a new educational program in I&E with the generous
support of Crown alumni and of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation. This program includes
service-learning opportunities, established through a partnership with GetVirtual, co-
founded by Crown’s instructor Nada Miljkovic and entrepreneur Toby Corey. In July
2021, he was appointed Kapany Director of CIED. He looks forward to working with
stakeholders on campus to build a dynamic and sustainable entrepreneurship
community on campus that improves the diversity and volume of career development
pathways available for UCSC students. Having been a first generation college student
himself growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Barcelona, he is acutely
aware of the key role that university education plays for helping provide the social
capital and support network necessary for involvement in entrepreneurship. Therefore,
another key goal of his tenure as Director is supporting robust and inclusive innovation
and entrepreneurship training programs for UCSC students.