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Grad Students Can Now Join HSRI!
HSRI encourages any graduate student doing health related research to join us as a member. 
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Professor Jing Xu working to understand Alzheimers
HSRI member Xu's work is supported by a prestigious R15 award from the National Institutes of Health 
Hellman Fellowship Winners
Four of the six winners of the 2019-2020 Hellman Fellowship are HSRI members, read more about their projects. 
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Professor Linda Hirst Awarded BLCS Hilsum Medal
The British Liquid Crystal Society's Cyril Hilsum Medal recognizes Prof. Hirst's contributions to liquid crystal science and technology.

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

Fellows prepare to undergo mock interviews where they will present their research in a way the general public can understand.
January 16, 2020

Many faculty members are experts in their fields, pioneering new ways to think about complex subject matter. But how does one communicate that research in a simple way, specifically when seeking...

Bioengineering professor Eva de Alba in her lab with her students and postdoctoral scholar. Students in back row: Pedro Diaz-Parga, Arturo Gonzalez, Suzanne Sandin, Kevin Ramirez and Christopher Randolph. Front Row: Meenakshi Sharma and Eva de Alba.
January 13, 2020

Everyone has inflammation in their body at some point as it is a vital part of the immune system. It’s what happens when white blood cells flow to a wound, whether that is a bruise or a broken bone....

Public Health Ph.D. student Chia Thao's research interests center on improving minority health disparities and promoting well being.
January 8, 2020

Chia Thao was a teenager when she arrived in Fresno with her family to begin a new life. She was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, where her Laotian parents had fled after the Vietnam War....

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Summer Session C is a six-week session that begins July 6 and ends Aug. 14.

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Summer Session B is an eight-week session that begins June 22 and ends Aug. 14.

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Summer Session D is a 12-week session that begins May 26 and ends Aug. 24.