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Ancient Biological Clockwork Revealed Using ‘Secret Sauce’
Prof. LiWang and colleagues take one step closer to understanding the proteins that direct cyanobacterial circadian rhythms, or biological clocks
Students in Professor McCloskey's lab
Students Building Living Machines Out of Engineered Tissues
Students in Prof. Kara McCloskey's Tissue Engineering Design course learning to build living, walking robots — bio-bots — out of engineered muscle cells.
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A Comprehensive Approach to Research and Innovation
HSRI graduate students
HSRI now offers Graduate Student Memberships
Follow link for application to become an HSRI Graduate Student Member
Researcher Tracking Teens Who Attempted Suicide
HSRI faculty member, Prof. Sidra Goldman-Mellor, awarded National Institutes of Health funding to pursue important suicide research.

Health Sciences Research Institute at UC Merced

The Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) was established in May 2012 as the second Organized Research Unit at UC Merced and is the University's focal point for health and medical research.

With 90 faculty members across UC Merced's three schools (Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts), HSRI aims to foster world-renowned researchers through its work to improve the health of the people in the San Joaquin Valley and beyond.

HSRI members are also engaged in translational research, evaluation and effectiveness research, and public health systems and services research.

California map with San Joaquin Valley insetSan Joaquin Valley regional health issues include asthma, valley fever (coccidioidomycosis), obesity, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, heart disease, risky teen behaviors, teen tobacco use, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis, and many others.

The opportunities to address the growing and complex health issues of the San Joaquin Valley and beyond require inter- and multidisciplinary teams.

HSRI’s collaborative multidisciplinary research clusters and community emphasis provide an opportunity to rapidly develop, test, and disseminate new ways of improving health and delivering healthcare.

This will help establish UC Merced as a world-renowned research university while improving the health of the people in the San Joaquin Valley.

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Featured News

August 8, 2017

A team of Public Health PhD students led by Andrea Lopez were recently selected as UC Merced's 2017-18 UC Smoke and Tobacco Free student fellows.  With guidance from Professor Nancy Burke...

Students and teachers are seated on the floor and bleachers in a high school gymnasium while attending a pep rally in Merced.
August 8, 2017

Does diversity have a positive effect on economic outcomes? According to a new study co-authored by UC Merced economics Professor Justin Cook, the answer is yes, even when the diversity is...

July 24, 2017

HSRI member and School of Natural Sciences Assistant Professor Suzanne Sindi was recently awarded a multi-year grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Insights from Professor...


Please join the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CACSW) and Chancellor Dorothy Leland during lunch to kick off the UC Merced Women...
Join the NSF-CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) on Friday, Sept. 22 for a chance to: • See where science happens in lab tours...
All UC Merced faculty and staff members are welcome to join this Merritt Writing Program-sponsored professional development workshop focused on "Bridging...
The Graduate Division has hired two Ph.D. students for the Fall 2017 semester to help other graduate students with their academic writing and statistical...