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Community Research Opportunities

Please click on a group title below to see research interest summaries for UC Merced COEHD faculty, community partners and collaborators. If you are interested in possible research collaborations with UC Merced faculty (or indeed any of the institutions listed below) and would like to be added to this list, please email community director Stergios Roussos ( with your name, institution and a brief summary of your current or potential research interests.

Research interests of affiliated UC Merced faculty and staff

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Research interests of UCSF Fresno faculty and staff



Research Interests

Michael Peterson, MD

Internal Medicine, Pulmonary

Pulmonary disease, acute lung injury

Muhammad Sheikh, MD

Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology

Hepatitis B & C, Hepatic steatosis, Complications of cirrhosis

Jose  Joseph, MD

Internal Medicine, Pulmonary

Asthma, coccidiomycosis, air quality

Maries Joseph, MD


Childhood asthma, gene/environment interactions in childhood asthma, clinical genetics

Roger Mortimer, MD

Family Medicine


Paul  Mills, Ph.D.,M.P.H.

Internal Medicine

Cancer epidemiology, gene x environment interactions.

Tim Tyner, M.S.

Internal Medicine

Asthma epidemiology, socioeconomics barriers

David Limsui, MD

Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology

GI cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, longitudinal studies, folic acid, and smoking, epidemiology.

Serena Yang, MD, MPH


Access to care issues, medical education.

Rebeca Lopez, MPH

Family Medicine

Language barriers to care

Kenny Banh, MD

Emergency Medicine

Medical education

Simon Paul, MD

Internal Medicine

HIV, impact of HIV treatment on cellular metabolism

Vijay Balasubramanian, MD

Internal Medicine/Pulmonary

Pulmonary Hypertension

Uzair Chaudhary, MD

Internal Medicine/Oncology

GU Malignancies

John Ambrose, MD

Internal medicine/Cardiology

Impact of smoking and air quality on clot formation

Jeffrey Rosenfeld, MD


Neuromuscular Disease

Jim Davis, MD


Prevention, treatment  and epidemiology of trauma

Greg Hendey,  MD

Emergency Medicine

Imaging and clinical decision-making in the ED

Victoria Sorlie,  MD

Family Medicine

Health Literacy and Health Outcomes

Neelu Mehra , MD

Family Medicine/Hospice

Palliative Care

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