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UCI neurologist Michael Demetriou

UCI research team awarded $3.4-million Cancer Moonshot grant

UCI researchers will use NIH Cancer Moonshot initiative grant to study potential breakthrough in cancer immunotherapy

UCI's Marian Waterman, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics; John Lowengrub, Chancellor's Professor of mathematics; and Arthur Lander, Donald Bren Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology

Looking at cancer in a whole new way

UCI moves to the national forefront of cancer research by taking an interdisciplinary systems biology approach to the devastating disease.

Todd C. Holmes, PhD, UCI School of Medicine professor of Physiology and Biophysics, is awarded a $2.1 million NIH Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award.

Biophysicist receives $2.1-million Outstanding Investigator Award

Biophysicist Todd C. Holmes, PhD, professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the UCI School of Medicine, has been awarded a competitive five-year $2.1 million Outstanding Investigator Award/Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) R35 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the first MIRA grant awarded to a UCI researcher.

UC Irvine Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences assistant professor Robert Spitale (right), postdoctoral scholar Chao Feng (center) and doctoral student Dalen Chan (left)

UC Irvine scientists develop chemical tool to study RNA structures

UC Irvine pharmaceutical scientists create a new chemical tool that can analyze RNA structures within living cells. The technique could facilitate a better understanding of how RNA structures fold and form in cells, as well as help in the design of drugs targeting RNA.

Susan and Henry Samueli, major UC Irvine donors, give $200 million to advance integrative medicine and population health.

Samuelis give $200 million to advance wellness and population health

Susan and Henry Samueli's $200-million endowment, the largest in UC Irvine's history, names a first-of-its-kind College of Health Sciences who aim is an integrative approach to advance research, education and clinical practices that promote patient wellness and population health.

A UC Irvine Health physician examines a patient's scan as part of a preventive medicine health screening.

Precision medicine: a high-tech, high-touch approach to health

UC Irvine Health physician-scientists are leading the way, using patients’ genetic and molecular information and leading edge tools to develop targeted, individual treatments for even the most debilitating diseases and, perhaps, prevent them altogether.

The Chao family has built UC Irvine Health’s comprehensive cancer center into a community resource and much more.

Silent partners in Orange County healthcare

Chao family support has built UC Irvine Health’s comprehensive cancer center into a community resource — and much more

Philanthropists Bill and Sue Gross donated $40 million to establish a UC Irvine School of Nursing.

UC regents approve creation of the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing

The nursing school, funded by the largest single gift ever to UC Irvine, aims to address critical healthcare needs.

Young work in the verdant rice fields of Ethiopia, where enhanced irrigation may have unforseen impacts on malaria transmission.

UC Irvine public health team wins $9.6-million malaria control grant

The funding establishes the university as an international center for malaria control research in Africa.

Pharmaceutical sciences professor Sheryl Tsai is named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Pharmaceutical sciences professor Sheryl Tsai named AAAS fellow

Sheryl Tsai, a UC Irvine professor of molecular biology, biochemistry and pharmaceutical sciences, is honored by the AAAS for her distinguished work in chemistry and biology, particularly in the structure and function of metabolic enzymes. She is one of nine UC Irvine researchers to be inducted as a 2017 fellow of the world's largest general scientific society.

UC Irvine epidemiologyist Hoda Anton-Culver, PhD, co-leads statewide precision medicine initiative.

Epidemiologist to help lead statewide precision medicine initiative

UC Irvine epidemiologist Hoda Anton-Culver will help lead an ambitious and far-reaching statewide effort to recruit tens of thousands of patients for President Barack Obama’s million-person health study, part of his Precision Medicine Initiative.

Oladele Ogunseitan aims to keep toxins from discarded cell phones out of the environment

Getting the lead out

UC Irvine public health professor and e-waste expert Oladele Ogunseitan seeks to eradicate toxins from cell phones, computers and other common electronic products.

Richard Chamberlin, professor and chair of UC Irvine's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Testing for toxins

Novel detection method co-developed at UC Irvine by Richard Chamberlain ensures that drinking water sources are not compromised by algae blooms.

Students in the UC Irvine Program in Nursing Science will soon be graduating from one of the top 10 such programs in the western United States.

Nursing science is poised for growth

With the gift of $40 million from philanthropists Sue and Bill Gross, the Nursing Science program will seek school status this year, which will allow for increases in enrollment and faculty members at a time when the need for healthcare providers is growing fast.

Lisa Grant Ludwig, PhD, a seismologist with UC Irvine's Program in Public Health

Ready for the big one?

UC Irvine earthquake expert Lisa Grant Ludwig discusses faults, fallacies and the upcoming preparedness event.

UC Irvine oncologist Dr. Rita Mehta pioneered the now-routine use of chemotherapy on tumors before surgery

Targeting breast cancer

UC Irvine oncologist Dr. Rita Mehta pioneered the now-routine use of chemotherapy to shrink or eradicate breast cancer tumors before surgery.

Halting Huntington's disease

Race against the clock

UC Irvine researcher Leslie Thompson's stem cell work gives hope to Huntington's patients, for whom time is the enemy.

Lycopene research on bladder and prostate cancers

The superfood quest

Xiaolin Zi gauges effects of naturally occurring compounds on bladder and prostate cancers