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UC Riverside embodies the historic and contemporary promise of the Golden State by serving as an incubator of new knowledge and a catalyst for breakthroughs in many of today’s most relevant fields. As a leader, partner, source of innovation, and developer of solutions, we share that promise with our community, our region, our nation and the world.

SUSTAINABILITY

Engaging world-class researchers from a broad range of fields, CEPCEB faculty pursue interdisciplinary research to develop high yield, disease-resistant crops, to invent new pharmaceuticals and medical treatments, and to discover new sources of alternative energy.
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Natasha Raikhel Natasha Raikhel
Dist. Professor of Plant Cell Biology
Plant Cell Biology
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Julia Bailey-Serres Julia Bailey-Serres
Professor of Genetics
Genetics
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Sean Cutler Sean Cutler
Asst. Professor of Plant Cell Biology & Chemistry
Genetics
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Xuemei ChenXuemei Chen
Professor of Plant Cell & Molecular Biology
Plant Genomics
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Pioneering new environmental monitoring techniques and technologies, researchers at the Center for Conservation Biology develop instruments that enable scientists to better evaluate the impacts of rising levels of carbon dioxide on natural and agricultural ecosystems. Field studies conducted in the nearby James Reserve make use of embedded cameras that monitor the nesting cycles of birds, sensor networks that track weather data on habitat microclimates, and computers that map out the potential damage from wildfires.
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Mike Allen Michael Allen
Professor of Plant Pathology & Biology
Conservation Biology
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UCR's Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE) is a partnership of the Bourns College of Engineering, industry affiliates government agencies, public and private utilities, trade organizations, and other academic institutions. The Center is developing materials for solar energy, solar energy systems, new photovoltaic devices, and solar-thermal technologies. Also, the Center will serve as an “honest broker” to provide reliable and unbiased information and advice on getting energy from the sun.
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Matt Barth Matt Barth
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Solar Energy
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HEALTH

In the fight to protect and sustain human life, the CDVR brings together diverse faculty with a range of expertise to offer new and innovative approaches to the study and control of insect-born disease. Scientists on the forefront of research on malaria are working to find new approaches at the molecular, genetic and ecological levels to help control the disease.
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Peter Atkinson Peter Atkinson
Director, Center for Disease Vector Research
Insect Vector Control
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Anandasankar Ray Anandasankar Ray
Asst. Prof. of Entomology
Insect Odor Receptors
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Alexander Raikhel Alexander Raikhel
Dist. Professor of Entomology
Malaria; Mosquitoes
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Chronic or non-healing wounds take an immense toll on American health and on health care systems. It particularly affects millions of patients with impaired mobility, as well as those with diabetes. UCR scientists have discovered that applying insulin directly to skin wounds significantly enhanced the healing process.
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Manuela Martins-Green Manuela Martins-Green
Professor of Cell Biology
Wound Care
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UCR is playing a key role in the creation of a University of California Global Health Institute, a groundbreaking, multi-campus program for global health education, research and partnerships. In partnership with UC Davis, UCR has established the One Health Center, focused on reducing the rate of disease and death resulting from malnutrition, unsafe water, and animal- and vector-borne diseases.
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Anil B. Deolalikar Anil B. Deolalikar
Assoc. Dean & Prof. of Economics
UC Global Health Initiative
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Addressing a critical need for more doctors and medical services, UCR has launched California's first new public medical school in more than 40 years. Built on the foundation of the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences, the new School of Medicine will educate a diverse pool of next-generation physicians and develop research and health care delivery programs to improve the quality of life of medically underserved populations.
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G. Richard Olds, M.D. G. Richard Olds, M.D.
Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs
Founding Dean
New School of Medicine
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TECHNOLOGY

CNSE researchers collaborate across disciplines to predict, modify and customize the chemical and material properties of newly fabricated materials for a variety of industrial, medical and commercial applications and devices.
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Robert Haddon Robert Haddon
Dist. Prof. of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Nanotech
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Jeanie Lau Jeanie Lau
Assoc. Prof. of Physics
Graphene
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Alexander Balandin Alexander Balandin
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Graphene
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By studying the elasticity, tensile strength, genetic structure and mechanical properties of spider silks, UCR researchers are helping biotechnologists develop a variety of new materials for industrial, medical and military applications such as super-strong body armor, specialty rope, and surgical microsutures.
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Cheryl Hayashi Cheryl Hayashi
Professor of Biology
Spider Silk
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Working at the intersection of nanotechnology, biology, medicine and engineering, UCR bioengineers study transport phenomena in biological systems. Their work is leading to the development of new transplantable devices and more effective methods for delivering specific drugs and nutrients to targeted sites in the body.
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Victor G. J. Rodgers Victor G. J. Rodgers
Professor of Bioengineering Director, B2K Group
Drug Delivery Systems
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