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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.

HEALTH

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease today. As the nation’s population of aging Baby Boomers increases, the rates for this and other neurodegenerative diseases are skyrocketing.

Monica Carson’s research looks at the way the brain and immune system interact in both health and disease. Until recently, the brain and immune systems were believed to be completely separate and non-interacting in healthy individuals. In fact, interactions of any kind between these two systems were believed to be a major cause of neurodegenerative and neurologic diseases. However, her research finds that not only do the brain and immune system interact from infancy to old age, it’s imperative that these two systems constantly “play well” together to maintain brain health. With this knowledge, we can gain a better understanding of how to treat diseases like Alzheimer’s and neurodevelopmental disorders like autism.
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Monica Carson Monica Carson
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Exploring Early Alzheimer’s Detection
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Sonja Lyubomirsky’s research addresses three critical questions: “What makes people happy?” “Is happiness a good thing?” and “How and why can people learn to lead happier and more flourishing lives?” Her research has been awarded a Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, a Science of Generosity grant, a John Templeton Foundation grant, and a million-dollar grant (with Ken Sheldon) from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct research on the possibility of permanently increasing happiness.
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Sonja Lyubomirsky Sonja Lyubomirsky
Professor of Psychology
Increasing Happiness
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Focusing on combining chemistry and biology tools to understand the biological consequences of DNA damage, how DNA damage is repaired, and how it compromises the flow of genetic information, research development in lab of UC Riverside’s Yinsheng Wang could lead to development of new and effective drugs to treat cancer. Wang is the Director of the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program and was named the winner of the inaugural Chemical Research in Toxicology Young Investigator Award and 2013 Biemann Medal.
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Yinsheng Wang Yinsheng Wang
Professor of Chemistry
Understanding DNA Repair to Develop New Cancer Treatments
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Because babies grow well on formula, the benefits of breast-feeding are not immediately apparent. Long-term studies are beginning to show a higher incidence of disease—including asthma and diabetes—among patients who were fed formula as infants. However, the cellular and biological mechanisms are not yet well understood. By shedding light on how immune systems function, Dr. Walker contributes new knowledge in the fight to improve human health.
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Ameae Walker Ameae Walker
Chair, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
Improving Immunity
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Bioengineers turn science into technologies that improve our quality of life in innumerable ways. Because a living organism is a complex interactive matrix of chemistry, physics, biology and mechanics, bioengineers (sometimes called biomedical engineers) specialize in using scientific principles from these and other diverse fields to solve problems in health care and medicine.
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Jerome Schultz Jerome Schultz
Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering
Bioengineering
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David Lo David Lo
Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Needle-free Drug Delivery
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Jiayu Liao Jiayu Liao
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
Drug Discovery/ Diabetes
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Devin Binder Devin Binder
Assistant Research Scientist
Biomedical Sciences
Traumatic Brain Injury
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SUSTAINABILITY

As a member of the Agriculture Experiment Station, Mikeal Roose’s responsibility is to conduct research that improves the sustainability of the agriculture industry in California and to provide consumers with products that improve their health. By developing fruit such as the Tango that is flavorful, attractive and has few seeds, the goal is to encourage greater consumption of these fruits, ultimately benefiting the health of consumers.
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Mikeal Roose Mikeal Roose
Chair and Professor of Genetics & Geneticist
Protecting California’s Commercial Citrus Industry
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Working in the world’s largest indoor air quality chamber, Akua Asa-Awuku looks at particle formation in the atmosphere and how it interacts with water, affecting cloud formation and global climate change.
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Akua Asa-Awuku Akua Asa-Awuku
Assistant Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Improving Air Quality
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In his lab, Hideaki Tsutsui develops tools and technology to fabricate biosensors on plant leaves. The idea is make an easy-to-read sensor on leaves of food crops such as corn, rice and cassava so that farmers can quickly identify when their crops are in danger. Such a low-cost, easy-to-use technology is especially important for smallholder farmers in the developing world such as sub-Saharan Africa, where resources do not exist to buy costly fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides to protect their source of food and income.
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Hideaki Tsutsui Hideaki Tsutsui
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Developing Cost-Effective Biosensors for Crops
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By studying and emulating the structures and strategies that sea creatures such as urchins, corals and abalone use to create their shapes and forms, Prof. Kisailus and his team nanoengineer new materials with exceptional properties of strength and energy storage. He creates flexible, light-weight and nearly indestructible materials that can be used for body armor, aircraft and vehicles.
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David Kisailus David Kisailus
Winston Chung Professor of Energy Innovation
Nanofabrication
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The unique climate and geography of California provides diverse ecosytems which are perfect for the establishment of a diverse variety of destructive pests that threaten agricultural and other interests. Leading researchers with UCR’s Center for Invasive Species Research determine how pests enter California, where invading populations came from and how to combat and contain them.
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Mark Hoddle Mark Hoddle
Director, Center for Invasive Species Research
Red Palm Weevil
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Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell
Director, Lindcove Research & Extension Center
Citrus Pest Management
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Tim Paine Tim Paine
Professor of Entomology
Ash Whitefly
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Tom PerringTom Perring
Professor of Entomology
Date Palm Industry
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POLICY

As one of the biggest issues facing society today, climate change will have adverse effects on everything from sea level rise that will impact coastal communities to economic implications in the wake of disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, as well as disturbing food resources in cases of droughts and extreme weather circumstances. Addressing this global economic problem, Mary Droser’s program bridges the gap between what scientists understand and what communities and citizens know, creating seamless climate change education in the Riverside community from kindergarten through UC Riverside graduates.
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Mary Droser Mary Droser
Professor of Geology
Sharing Climate Science with K-12 Students
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Clark has consulted extensively with law enforcement and prosecuting and defense attorneys on matters of eyewitness identification and criminal justice policy. His current research examines the costs and benefits of eyewitness identification reforms, and the interface between social science and public policy.
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Steven Clark Steven Clark
Professor of Psychology
Increasing the Accuracy of Eyewitness Testimony
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Karthick Ramakrishnan’s research pertains to civic engagement and immigration – the ways in which immigrants of different racial groups and generations are involved in American democracy, their opinions, and their policy priorities. As Director of the Immigration Research Group at UC Riverside, Ramakrishnan also looks at developments in immigration policy, nationally as well in various states and localities. He is also the Director of the National Asian American Survey, which provides an ongoing window into the policy attitudes and civic participation of Asian Americans.
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Karthick Ramakrishnan Karthick Ramakrishnan
Associate Professor of Political Science
Empowering Asian Immigration Reforms
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Today the average American is exposed to more than 80,000 toxic industrial compounds from the use of everyday products. In his most recent book, “Legally Poisoned,” Prof. Cranor advocates for significant, immediate changes in U.S. regulatory and public health laws so that testing of chemicals and nanoengineered materials is required before they can be used in the manufacturing and sale of products.
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Carl Cranor Carl Cranor
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
Legal Reforms
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UCR’s Graduate School of Education (GSOE) contributes to regional and national policy-making by launching innovative collaborations like C-4, a consortium of California community colleges and the University of California, designed to enhance and accelerate the development and matriculation of teachers, educational leaders. GSOE is also home to SEARCH (Support, Education, Advocacy, Resources, Community, Hope), a center which provides resources for policymakers and families dealing with autism-related disorders, particularly lower income and Latino-speaking populations. GSOE faculty are also improving literacy, closing the achievement gap among Latino-speaking learners, and partnering with K–12 teachers and specialists to develop more effective interventions for at-risk students.
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John Levin John Levin
Director, California Community College Collaborative
Community College Collaborative
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Michael Orosco Michael Orosco
Assistant Professor of Education
Bilingual/Bicultural Education Policy
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Jan Blacher Jan Blacher
Director, SEARCH
Autism/Special Education Policy
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TECHNOLOGY

Research that complements each other’s work has led James Dieterich and David Oglesby to answer big questions in the area of earthquake science as they individually study the physical processes that control earthquakes and the processes themselves. Why and when does an earthquake occur and how does it interact with other earthquakes in fault systems? Why do some earthquakes stop while others keep going? What causes some earthquakes to become large while others stay small? And how do these factors lead to the ground motion we experience on the surface of the earth?
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James Dieterich James Dieterich
Distinguished Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus
Exploring Earthquake Prediction and Impacts
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David Oglesby David Oglesby
Associate Professor of Geophysics
Exploring Earthquake Prediction and Impacts
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Looking at any given image or video sequence, Amit Roy-Chowdhury is looking to understand the content. Similar to the brain’s processing and interpreting of images, his research seeks to develop automated algorithms that not only capture and store images, but understand the content of those images. Prof. Roy-Chowdhury's research has been supported by various agencies including the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, DARPA, National Endowment for the Humanities, and private industries like CISCO and Lockheed-Martin. His recent book on Camera Networks provides an overview of current research in the field.
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Amit K. Roy-Chowdhury Amit K. Roy-Chowdhury
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Creating Better Video Analysis Technology
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Chandra Varma is internationally known for his work in theoretical physics of collective quantum properties of matter such as superconductivity and magnetism. His lab conducts research in high-temperature superconductivity and quantum critical phenomena. Varma was awarded the 2012 Bardeen Prize for his outstanding contributions to explaining the intriguing phenomenon of superconductivity. His work has been verified by other researchers, which could assist in the fabrication of materials that are superconducting at room temperature and help settle a contentious, international debate on the fundamental physics of superconductivity and emergent states of matter.
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Chandra Varma Chandra Varma
Distinguished Professor of Physics
Revolutionizing the Physics of Superconductivity
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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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From the discovery of powerful new drugs and diagnostic tools to the development of novel biocompatible materials that will revolutionize 21st century medicine, UCR researchers and graduates collaborate with pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers and other organizations to put the power of groundbreaking ideas to work in the real world. UCR nanoengineers produce many new types of materials with unique applications, leading to such innovations as reusable, low-power electronic papers and sources of clean, hydrogen-based fuels.
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Nosang Myung Nosang Myung
Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
TB Testing
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Ashok Mulchandani Ashok Mulchandani
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Environmental Toxins
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Yadong Yin Yadong Yin
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Artificial Atoms
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