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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.
Welcome to UC Merced's Health Sciences Research Institute
A Comprehensive Approach to Research and Innovation
People in Eurasia are Genetic Hybrids with Evolutionary Advantages
Prof. Emelia Huerta-Sanchez's research finds genetic programming for extreme elevations in Sherpa and Tibetan DNA.
UC Merced's Ambitious 2020 Project Gets Under Way
The four-year project will add approximately 1.2 million gross square feet of teaching, research, residential and student-support facilities to the existing campus
UC Merced Prof. Jennifer Manilay pictured with researchers from her lab
NIH Funds Prof. Jennifer Manilay's Research Into Stem Cells, Bone Disease
The project will examine how blood and bone stem cells communicate and work together.

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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Recent HSRI News and Features

The depth and breadth of post-diagnosis care for cancer patients often depends on the resources available to them. But a new paper in the journal PLoS One...
Infants as young as 20 months of age expect adults to display surprise when discovering a false belief, according to a new study from UC Merced Professor...
Researchers at UC Merced are playing key roles in the new UC Valley Fever Research Initiative, studying how the Valley fever fungus, Coccidioides immitis...


The Faculty Author Series presents "Staging Harmony," a presentation by Professor Katherine Steele Brokaw revealing how the relationship between drama,...
Molecular and cell biology Professor Clarissa Nobile is this year's Pellisier Distinguished Speaker, presenting on "Microbial Films: Why are They...
The Understanding and Addressing STEM Inequalities Speaker Series presents "Interactive Theatre to Promote Difficult Dialogues about Inequities in STEM...
The Merced Seminar in the Humanities presents Professor James Wescoat, the Aga Khan professor with the Department of Architecture, Center for Advanced...