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Every day in our labs, classrooms and field research, UCR geneticists, biologists, psychologists, anthropologists, entomologists and engineers are living the promise of world-class healthcare.

We invent DNA-based technologies to diagnose and treat cancer. We research the biology and behavior of insects to help prevent the spread of devastating diseases. We develop powerful new pharmaceuticals and employ nanomedicine to heal wounds. We educate future neuroscientists, microbiologists and physicians, and we are home to California’s newest medical school, the UCR School of Medicine.

We unlock the mysteries of the human genome, because the power to heal lies within us all.

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Professor Yinsheng Wang is studying how DNA damage is repaired and how it compromises the flow of genetic information, which could lead to development of new and effective drugs to treat cancer.

Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky’s research finds that unhappy people tend to work hard at finding happiness while cheery people tend not to think too much about it.

Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky says there are two big myths about happiness: people aren’t as happy for as long or much as they think they will be when good things happen, and negative events almost never make people as miserable as they think they will.

The Alzheimer’s Association projects that the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple by 2050, raising the nation’s cost of care from $203 billion to $1.2 trillion unless new findings pave the way for more effective medical treatments to prevent, slow or stop the disease.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease today.

In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences elected Professor Alexander Raikhel for pioneering the genetic engineering of disease-resistant mosquitoes.

Distinguished Professor David Lo is working to develop a needle-free vaccine for infectious diseases like influenza.

Professors Iryna Ethell and Douglas Ethell discovered an acne drug can be used to treat Fragile X syndrome, the most common cause of autism.

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