If you’ve spent time at UC San Diego, you know that when it comes to earthquakes, it’s not a matter of if, but when. For researchers, however, it’s also a matter of how—how it will happen and how it will impact the places where we live and work.

In his youth, Lars Bode was a dedicated athlete who spent much of his time studying specialized diets for optimal performance. “I was constantly teased by my older brother for my ‘strange’ concoctions,” says Bode, now an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine.