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Other Centers & Institutes

  • "Other" research units do not fit the definition of an Organized Research Unit (ORU), Special Research Program (SRP) or Campus Center, but are similarly interdisciplinary. These units may have been designated as Centers by a sponsoring agency such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) or the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


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      Center for Complex and Active Materials (CCAM)

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      Center for Complex and Active Materials (CCAM)

      The Center for Complex and Active Materials (CCAM)—a National Science Foundation-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI)—builds on UCI’s strengths in multidisciplinary science and engineering research, experiential learning, world-class facilities, and a commitment to diversity. The Center's primary mission is to establish foundational knowledge toward the development of new materials that may offer unique functionalities and superb performance.
      • Director(s):
        Xiaoqing Pan
      • Co-Director(s):
        Ruqian Wu
      • Contact:
        Mary Ang | mary.ang@uci.edu | 949) 824-6286


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      Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

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      Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

      As a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center--the only such center in Orange County and one of fewer than 50 nationwide--the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is distinguished for maintaining the highest possible standards in cancer research, clinical trials, patient care, treatment, prevention and education. In pursuit of its goal to alleviate the burden of cancer on the citizens of Orange County and surrounding areas, the center brings together over 250 physicians and scientists from more than 32 departments across six schools, including the schools of Medicine, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Information & Computer Science, Engineering and Business, to develop new knowledge about the etiology, causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancers.
      • Director(s):
        Richard Van Etten, PhD, MD
      • Contact:
        Brian McClendon | bmcclend@uci.edu | (714) 456-3628


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      Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL)

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      Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL)

      The mission of the Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL) is to develop the essential science and technology to probe single chemical events in real space and time.  The tools are designed to unravel elementary steps in chemistry, in heterogeneous and nanocatalysis, and in photophysics.  The ultimate aim is to apply such tools to address grand challenges in chemistry.
      • Director(s):
        V. Ara Apkarian
      • Contact:
        Erika Metz | emetz@uci.edu | (949) 824-4560


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      Conte Center for Brain Programming in Adolescent Vulnerabilities

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      Conte Center for Brain Programming in Adolescent Vulnerabilities

      The Conte Center @ UCI addresses the complex developmental mechanisms contributing to adolescent resilience or vulnerabilities to mental illnesses. It unites researchers from diverse disciplines, including Neuroscience, Computation and Informatics, Human and rodent brain imaging, Developmental Psychology who use cutting edge methods to uncover the contribution of early life experience to brain programming that governs resilience and vulnerability during adolescence.
      • Director(s):
        Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD
      • Contact:
        Dina Jankowski | djankows@uci.edu | (949) 824-6478


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      Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

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      Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

      At UC Irvine's Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and Department of Ophthalmology, our faculty of internationally recognized physicians, surgeons and scientists provide highly specialized training to future ophthalmologists, access to leading-edge clinical trials as well as sight-saving treatments and therapies for virtually any eye disorder. 
      • Director(s):
        Roger F. Steinert
      • Contact:
        General Contact | | (949) 824-6211


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      National Fuel Cell Research Center

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      National Fuel Cell Research Center

      The goal of the NFCRC is to facilitate and accelerate the development and deployment of fuel cell technology and fuel cell systems; promote strategic alliances to address the market challenges associated with the installation and integration of fuel cell systems; and to educate and develop resources for the various stakeholders in the fuel cell community.
      • Director(s):
        Scott Samuelsen
      • Contact:
        Will Decker | bwdecker@uci.edu | (949) 824-1999 x11108


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      NSF-Simons Center for Multiscale Cell Fate Research

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      NSF-Simons Center for Multiscale Cell Fate Research

      The NSF-Simons Center for Multiscale Cell Fate Research (CMCF) is connecting scientists across mathematical, physical, and biological sciences to usher in a new era of biology. CMCF is one of four NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems situated across the country, jointly funded by the National Science Foundation and the Simons Foundation. CMCF takes on the formidable multiscale challenges associated with investigating complex cell fate systems using an integrated mathematical and experimental approach. We investigate how cell fate is controlled via several        Biological Themes and their application to model systems in biology. We are studying the impact of cell fate on tissue and organ size, developmental processes such as in the neural crest, and stem cell differentiation. Crucial contributions from genetic and epigenetic effects, such as methylation dynamics, are taken into consideration. While the center’s projects focus on different (but interlinked) components of cell fate, they all emphasize emergent complexity of multiscale interactions using overlapping experimental and mathematical methodologies. Underlying data-driven and principle-based multiscale modeling — and essential for challenging existing paradigms of cell fate — is the development of new mathematical methods and models. Through the CMCF Mathematics Core we are driving forward mathematical, computational, and statistical methods development in several areas. These include statistical inference, machine learning, and hybrid & multiscale modeling, which combine to provide the necessary tools to connect molecular and cellular processes to tissue and organismal dynamics.
      • Director(s):
        Qing Nie
      • Co-Director(s):
        Jun Allard and Xing Dai
      • Contact:
        Sara Connor | s.connor@uci.edu | (949) 824-2240


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      Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center

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      Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center

      The vision of UCI’s Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center (SCRC) is to progress the understanding and therapeutic potential of stem cell science toward the improvement and relief of human disease. Development of SCRC is built upon the campus’s long-standing strengths in neuroscience, developmental biology, and pharmacology, and benefits from faculty collaborations with other UCI Organized Research Units and Centers. Sue and Bill Gross Hall: A CIRM Institute was dedicated in May 2010 and is one of twelve buildings in the state funded by taxpayer support through the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. “Gross Hall” is home to UCI’s world-class faculty, clinicians, and training fellows in stem cell research, and includes a core lab facility outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment critical to human embryonic stem cell research.
      • Director(s):
        Aileen Anderson
      • Contact:
        Randy Berg | stemcell@uci.edu | (949) 824-2487


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