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Organized Research Units

  • An Organized Research Unit (ORU) is an academic unit established by the University to provide a supportive infrastructure for interdisciplinary research complementary to the academic goals of departments of instruction and research and typically involve faculty from two or more Schools. An ORU must be complementary to the academic goals of the University, but does not have jurisdiction over courses or curricula and cannot offer formal courses or make faculty appointments. ORU Directors report to the Vice Chancellor for Research.

    ORU Guidelines
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      Atmospheric Integrated Research at UCI (AirUCI)

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      Atmospheric Integrated Research at UCI (AirUCI)

      Atmospheric Integrated Research at UCI - known as AirUCI - is an ORU addressing the urgent challenges we face in air and water quality, human health, climate change, as well as green technology through the integration of research, education, and outreach.
      • Co-Director(s):
        Barbara Finlayson-Pitts and Sergey Nizkorodov
      • Contact:
        Christine Sepulveda | chrissep@uci.edu | 949-824-8102


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      Cancer Research Institute (CRI)

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      Cancer Research Institute (CRI)

      The UCI Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is an organized research unit dedicated to basic cancer research.


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      Center for Complex Biological Systems

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      Center for Complex Biological Systems

      The Center for Complex Biological Systems (CCBS) at the University of California Irvine aims to promote research, education and outreach in Systems Biology by integrating expertise and perspectives from diverse scientific fields to develop a deeper understanding of biological processes.


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      Center for Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems (CECS)

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      Center for Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems (CECS)

      The purpose of the Center for Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems - also known as CECS - is to conduct leading-edge interdisciplinary research in embedded systems, emphasizing automotive, communications and medical applications, and promote technology and knowledge transfer for the benefit of the individual and society.


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      Center for Research on International Migration (CRIM)

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      Center for Research on International Migration (CRIM)

      The purpose of the UCI Center for Research on International Migration (CRIM) is to stimulate, plan and carry out basic and policy-relevant research on international migration.


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      Center for Virus Research

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      Center for Virus Research

      The overall goal of the Center for Virus Research (CVR) ORU at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) campus is to develop interdisciplinary collaborations and studies founded in molecular virology.  The CVR provides both the administrative infrastructure as well as training and common facilities needed for this type of investigation.


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      Genetic Epidemiology Research Institute (GERI)

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      Genetic Epidemiology Research Institute (GERI)

      The Genetic Epidemiology Research Institute - also known as GERI - brings together researchers from many scientific disciplines to fully explore the medical essence of human health by studying the genetic and environmental factors leading to complex human diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease.
      • Director:
        Hoda Anton-Culver
      • Contact:
        Julie Strope | jstrope@uci.edu | 949-824-0306


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      Health Policy Research Institute

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      Health Policy Research Institute

      The UC Irvine Health Policy Research Institute (HPRI) is a multi-disciplinary research unit that conducts health services research, comparative effectiveness and quality-of-care research.  HPRI focuses on the assessment and improvement of the quality of health care, especially care for chronic diseases, with an emphasis on understanding and reducing disparities in health and healthcare for racial/ethnic minorities and vulnerable populations.
      • Co-Director(s):
        Sherrie H. Kaplan and Sheldon Greenfield
      • Contact:
        Thuy Pham | ttp@uci.edu | 949-824-0095


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      Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics (IGB)

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      Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics (IGB)

      The Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics - also known as IGB - is an Organized Research Unit dedicated to fostering innovative research at the intersection of the life and computational sciences.
      • Director:
        Pierre Baldi
      • Co-Director(s):
        Suzanne Sandmeyer
      • Contact:
        Janet Ko | jko@uci.edu | 949-824-9979


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      Institute for Immunology (IFI)

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      Institute for Immunology (IFI)

      The Institute for Immunology - also known as IFI - is comprised of twenty-nine faculty members from the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Medicine, whose research and instructional efforts are in immunology.  The activities of the UCI Institute for Immunology extend to synergize with allied areas of research including biomedical engineering, public health and physical rehabilitation.
      • Director:
        Eric Pearlman
      • Co-Director(s):
        Albert Zlotnik (Associate Director)


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      Institute for Mathematical and Behavioral Sciences (IMBS)

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      Institute for Mathematical and Behavioral Sciences (IMBS)

      The Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences - also known as IMBS - is a specialized research center where the objective is to facilitate interaction and common research goals among scientists whose purpose is to formulate precisely and test theories of human behavior; this is to be interpreted in a wide sense as manifested by the membership which spans the following areas: anthropology, cognitive science, economics, engineering, logic and the philosophy of science, mathematics, political science, and sociology. Additional faculty come from management science and psychobiology.
      • Director:
        Jean-Paul Carvalho (Interim)
      • Contact:
        Joanna Kerner | kernerj@uci.edu | 949-824-8651


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      Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND)

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      Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND)

      The Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders - also known as UCI MIND - seeks to enhance the quality of life for the elderly by researching factors and lifestyle approaches that promote successful brain aging.
      • Co-Director(s):
        Frank LaFerla and Joshua Grill
      • Contact:
        Andrea Wasserman | awasserm@uci.edu | 949-824-3253


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      Institute for Software Research (ISR)

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      Institute for Software Research (ISR)

      The goal of the Institute for Software Research - also known as ISR - is to advance software and information technology through research partnerships. ISR has become the intersection between cutting edge software research and real world practice.
      • Director:
        Crista Lopes (Interim)
      • Contact:
        Janet Ko | jko@uci.edu | 949-824-9979


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      Institute for Transportation Studies (ITS)

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      Institute for Transportation Studies (ITS)

      The Institute of Transportation Studies - also known as ITS - a University of California organized research unit with branches at Irvine, Davis, and Berkeley, was established to foster research, education, and training in the field of transportation.
      • Director:
        Stephen G. Ritchie
      • Contact:
        Cam Tran | camt@uci.edu | 949-824-6564


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      Institute for Virtual Environments and Computer Games (IVECG)

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      Institute for Virtual Environments and Computer Games (IVECG)

      • Director:
        Magda El-Zarki
      • Contact:
        Janet Ko | jko@uci.edu | 949-824-9979


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      Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy

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      Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy

      The Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) at the University of California, Irvine sponsors research and education aimed at improving the democratic process in the United States and expanding democracy around the world.


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      Reeve-Irvine Research Center (RIRC)

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      Reeve-Irvine Research Center (RIRC)

      The mission of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center is to find new treatments for spinal cord injury through the collaborative research and educational efforts of prominent scientists and clinicians both at the University of California, Irvine and around the world.



Questions about ORUs?  Contact Jill Yonago Kay, Director, Research Policy, at 949-824-1410.

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