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2019 Research Week
Celebrate Research Week with HSRI during this annual series of campus-wide events! 
Welcome HSRI's New Director
Professor of Health Psychology Deborah Wiebe has been appointed Faculty Director of HSRI. 
Dr Anna Song NCPC UC Merced
$3.8 million TRDRP Grant Awarded to Dr. Anna Song and Colleagues
The Award will Fund the UC Merced Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center on Campus.
Dr. Katrina Hoyer UC Merced HSRI
“Killer” Cells Accelerate Progress of Autoimmune Disease
A new study, led by Quantitative and Systems Biology graduate student Kristen Valentine and UC Merced Professor Katrina Hoyer, published in The Journal of Immunology shows that misbehaving "Killer" cells play a major role in autoimmune disease.
Dr. Fabian Filipp Cancer Research Melanoma UC Merced
Unprecedented Melanoma Study Maps Cancer Drivers
Dr. Fabian Filipp makes important discovery in understanding and treating cancer.

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 100 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

HSRI Director Deborah Wiebe
January 8, 2019

With the start of the new year, a transition of leadership has taken place in the Health Science Research Institute (HSRI). Paul Brown, Professor of Public Health, completed his term as Faculty...

December 21, 2018

Professor Mariaelena Gonzalez has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee (TEROC). Gonzalez, with the School of Social Sciences,...

November 28, 2018

Clinicians searching for a new way to identify Valley fever patients who will develop the disease’s worst symptoms will find hope in a new paper by UC Merced Professor Katrina Hoyer . A...

Events and Happenings


UC Merced Campus

The UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium is and annual event where faculty, staff members and students from the departments of bioengineering/...

UC Merced Campus

The campus will be closed Friday, March 29, in observance of Cesar Chavez Day.

UC Merced Campus

Monday, March 25 through Thursday, March 28, followed by the Cesar Chavez holiday on Friday, March 29.

Downtown Campus Center, 105

If you've considered teaching K-12 but think you have to hold a baccalaureate in education to do so, here's some great news: You can hold a degree...