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About Our Research

UC Irvine’s Department of Medicine has more than 300 research protocols spanning the entire spectrum of academic medical pursuits — from atomic level analysis to studies of molecules, cells, tissues, animals and human subjects. The department’s principal investigators were awarded more than $37.5 million in fiscal year 2009-2010 for an array of basic science, clinical and translational research studies.

With 11 specialty divisions — Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine/Primary Care, Hematology/Oncology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Rheumatology, the Department of Medicine (DOM) and it's more than 230 faculty members are ideally positioned to advance the nation’s multidisciplinary and translational science goals as set forth by the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Congress.

Research Funding

In fiscal 2009-2010, a combined total of $37,585,844 was awarded to DOM faculty and we are anticipating increased funding in the next fiscal year. The table below illustrates annual trends in research contracts and grants awarded to DOM faculty, separated into two categories: DOM administered awards and DOM faculty awards administered by other UC Irvine departments and centers.

Department of Medicine Faculty Research Awards

The NIH has continued to be the primary sponsor of most DOM research, making up 54% of total direct costs awarded. It is noteworthy that although the NIH budget has been flat since 2003, DOM has seen an average annual growth of 15% in NIH awards over the last five years. Collectively, the majority of NIH and all other sponsored awards to the DOM were in direct support of basic research (63%), which seeks to improve and increase understanding of biomedical phenomena.

Award Direct Costs by Research Type

Research Award Administration

Due to the collaborative nature of the biomedical research being conducted by DOM faculty, awards are administered within the department, organized research units and other departments where faculty hold joint appointments.They are:

  • Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic
  • Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Cancer Research Institute
  • Center for Immunology
  • Health Policy and Research Institute
  • Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Program in Public Health
  • Samueli Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Research Sites

Department of Medicine faculty members conduct research at three main locations, each of which is equipped with basic science labs:


Department of Medicine researchers also serve in various university leadership roles.

  • Dr. Frank L. Meyskens directs the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Dr. Ping Wang directs the Center for Cardiovascular Hormone Research
  • Drs. Sheldon Greenfield and Sherrie Kaplan are co-directors of the Center for Health Policy Research


The department is committed to the development of a team-based approach to scientific research that promotes sustainability as well as faculty satisfaction and opportunity by fostering a culture of research. Our intent is to use this approach to facilitate:

  • Engagement of clinical faculty in translational opportunities;
  • Recruitment of excellent young research faculty;
  • Enhancement of medical education, training programs and advance degree/certificate programs to foster cutting edge research opportunities for our highly ranked applicants;
  • Operation of high-impact, state-of-the-art clinical programs to serve the community and promote advances in research.

Useful Links

For more information about research conducted by DOM faculty, please visit the research sections of our division websites.