School Centers

Center for Environmental Biology

The Center for Environmental Biology (CEB) in the School of Biological Sciences was established in March 2010 to facilitate research, education, and outreach in biological science to help develop innovative new solutions to environmental problems.

Center for Mathematical and Computational Biology

Established in 2005, Center for Mathematical and Computational Biology (CMCB) is focus on building a research and training environment dedicated to mathematical and computational biology. CMCB faculties possess diverse backgrounds and work on a variety of scientific questions. Their research work aims at the mathematical representation, treatment and modeling of biological processes, using mathematical and computational techniques and tools.

Center for Integrative Movement Sciences

The Center for Integrative Movement Sciences (CIMS) is to promote understanding of the role of movement in human health and to drive innovations in technology, medicine and rehabilitation based upon fundamental principles in movement physiology, biomechanics and sensorimotor control.

Irvine Center for Addiction Neuroscience

The Irvine Center for Addiction Neuroscience (ICAN), located at the University of California, Irvine, will create an environment that will enhance the education of students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdoctoral trainees, as well as attract philanthropic activity through public awareness and outreach programs both local and beyond.

Microbiome Center

The UCI Microbiome Center promotes the discovery of universal principles of microbial communities (microbiomes) in all environments, including humans, other animal and plant hosts, soil, and the oceans. The Center provides consulting on research projects, facilitates collaboration between labs, and offers a data analysis service.

Multiple Sclerosis Research Center

UCI formally established the Multiple Sclerosis Research Center (MSRC) in February of 2011 and a major focus of ongoing research is to develop new therapeutic strategies designed to limit ongoing demyelination while repairing damaged nerve tissue. 

UCI Organized Research Units (ORU)

Cancer Research Institute

The UCI Cancer Research Institute (CRI) facilitates and coordinates basic cancer-related research and training at UCI and functions as the basic science arm of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Center for Complex Biological Systems

The Center for Complex Biological Systems (CCBS) 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.

Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory

The Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM) was established by the UC Regents in 1983 and is the first research institute in the world dedicated exclusively to the multidisciplinary study of learning and memory mechanisms in the brain.

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

Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics

The institute has nine Program Areas that illustrate the Institute’s commitment to a growing number of multi- and interdisciplinary scientific areas. The nine program areas including systems biology. IGB faculty and students come from five different disciplines on campus including the School of Biological Sciences.

UC Irvine Institute for Immunology

The UCI Institute for Immunology currently comprises twenty-nine faculty members from the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Medicine, whose research and instructional efforts are in immunology. It integrates the immunological research and educational activities of multiple departments, and the activities of the Institute extend to synergize with allied areas of research including biomedical engineering, public health and physical rehabilitation.

Institute for Memory Impairment and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND)

UCI MIND seeks to conduct research to enhance the quality of life for the elderly by identifying factors and life-style approaches that promote successful brain aging. Toward this end, the Institute facilitates and coordinates a number of activities and continues to develop new major resources to help us achieve our goals.

Network for Experimental Research on Evolution

NERE, the Network for Experimental Research on Evolution, is a University of California Multi-campus Research Program funded and administered through the UC Office of the President and its constituent UC campuses. NERE (pronounced “near”) supports collaboration, communication, and graduate education concerned with research on biological evolution.

Reeve-Irvine Research Center

The RIRC is a basic science research facility devoted to the study of repair, regeneration, and recovery of function after spinal cord injury. The mission of the RIRC 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.

Campus Centers

Center for Hearing Research (CHR)

The Center for Hearing Research at UC Irvine is a multidisciplinary group of 40 scientists spanning 10 Departments in six Schools, who are bound by a common interest in hearing research. We have been meeting since 1998, first as an informal group (“Things Auditory”) and then as the Irvine Research Unit in Hearing and Speech Sciences. We became a Campus Center in 2005.

Newkirk Center for Science and Society

The Newkirk Center focuses on the interaction between science and society, including the role of society in the production of scientific knowledge and technological systems and artifacts and the effects of scientific knowledge on society. It seeks to explore and think critically about the process by which scientific information is communicated to the public and policy-makers. It fosters the use of science to enhance the environment, education, health care, public infrastructure, and justice. The Center carries out its mission through support of research, public engagement, and events.

Other UCI Centers and Institutes

Beckman Laser Institute

The BLI mission is to serve as the world’s leading interdisciplinary center for Biomedical Optics by: Developing new, enabling biophotonic technologies; Applying biophotonic technologies to important problems in biology and medicine; Training students, fellows, and physicians in Biomedical Optics research and providing patients with access to advanced therapeutic and diagnostic clinical procedures using biophotonic medical devices

Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center

The Sue & Bill Gross Hall Stem Cell Research Center train researchers through a number of techniques Courses put on each year; provide state-of-the-art tissue culture facilities for campus researchers interested in doing stem cell research; test new technologies and products and bring them to our researchers to enhance their work methodologies and more.

Urban Water Research Center

The Urban Water Research Center’s (UWRC) mission is to advance the understanding of the distinct characteristics of the urban water environment in order to assist people and institutions in their effort to promote health, enhance the efficient use of water resources, and protect environmental values.