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“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.
Reseachers Examine Barriers to Organ Donation and Possible Remedies
UC Merced Economics Professor Kurt Schnier reveals that increasing the incentives and eliminating barriers for donors greatly improves other people’s chances of receiving life-saving transplants.
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.
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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

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July 3, 2018

UC Merced’s efforts to make science education more inclusive were recently given a huge boost after the campus was awarded its first Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant, an impressive mark...

Dr Fabian Filipp UC Merced HSRI Cancer
July 2, 2018

New research published today in the Nature Partner journal npj Systems Biology and Applications establishes how genome-wide data in combination with systems biology analyses can identify master...

June 29, 2018

In 1998, scientists studying rheumatoid arthritis observed a population of immune cells that weren’t behaving the way they were supposed to. Immunologists noted the strange phenomenon, but decided...


Interested in exploring the beauty of Santa Cruz? The Office of Student Life has planned a day trip to Santa Cruz for staff, faculty and students...
Campus community members interested in supporting UC Merced’s undocumented students can sign up for UndocuAlly training this summer. Two two-day training...
The Office of Student Life wants you to have an eventful summer in Merced! Come by and eat some tacos while listening to cool tunes and playing trivia....
The purpose of the Queer Ally Program is to reduce prejudice, bias and discrimination toward members of the LGBTQIA communities on the UC Merced campus...