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Professor Philip Kiser was awarded the 2020 Pisart Award in Vision Science given by the Lighthouse Guild

The Pisart Award was established in 1981 and has annually recognized an early-career vision clinician, scientist or clinician-scientist whose contributions have the potential to substantially influence vision care and/or vision science and has a proven record of accomplishment.

Transplanted inhibitory neurons


Transplanting new inhibitory neurons may repair damaged brain circuits

Todd C. Holmes, PhD

UCI-led study reveals non-image light sensing mechanism of circadian neurons in fruit flies

Researchers reveal the role of blue and ultra violet light and how they affect central brain neurons

Krzysztof Palczewski

UCI vision scientist Krzysztof Palczewski elected to National Academy of Medicine

Distinction recognizes his contributions to understanding of retinal diseases


New UCI study explains the molecular mechanism of botanical folk medicines used to treat hypertension

Lavender, fennel and chamomile among herbs discovered to act upon a shared therapeutic target in blood vessels

Aileen Anderson, director of UCI’s Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center

Stem cells: healing the body from within

Researcher Aileen Anderson, PhD, director of the UCI Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, explains what we know about stem cells and what we don't.

The 3D structure shows how a key Clostridium difficile toxin, TcdB (in orange), recognizes the human Frizzled protein (in green) as its receptor to invade cells, leading to damage in the intestinal barrier. Shown in the background is immunofluorescent staining of the healthy mouse cecum tissue (left) and the one damaged by TcdB (right).

C. difficile research may combat deadly GI infections

UCI School of Medicine researcher Rongsheng Jin, PhD, professor of Physiology and Biophysics, helped discover how the Clostridium difficile toxin causes deadly gastrointestinal infections.

Todd C. Holmes, PhD, UCI School of Medicine professor of Physiology and Biophysics, is awarded a $2.1 million NIH Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award.

Biophysicist receives $2.1-million Outstanding Investigator Award

Biophysicist Todd C. Holmes, PhD, professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the UCI School of Medicine, has been awarded a competitive five-year $2.1 million Outstanding Investigator Award/Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) R35 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the first MIRA grant awarded to a UCI researcher.

Microscopic view of human breast cells stained to show cell markers.

UC Irvine researchers to map breast cells for Human Cell Atlas project

UC Irvine scientists Devon Lawson, Kai Kessenbrock and Jered Haun collaborate in effort to map the breast cancer genome as a foundation for cancer research.

UC Irvine researchers An Do, Payam Heydari and Zoran Nenadic will collaborate with Caltech and USC on developing a brain-computer interface to help spinal cord injury patients walk again.

Researchers lead $8-million project to develop brain-computer interface

The National Science Foundation has awarded $8 million to a research consortium led by UC Irvine to develop a brain-computer interface that can restore walking ability and sensation in individuals with spinal cord injury.

UC Irvine Huntington's disease expert Leslie Thompson, PhD, discovers why patients have a defect in their blood-brain barrier.

'Leaky' brain blood vessels link to Huntington's disease is identified

UC Irvine neurobiologists and colleagues, using stem cells, have learned why Huntington’s disease patients have defects in the blood-brain barrier that contribute to the fatal disorder. It is the first time induced pluripotent stem cells have been used for a neurodegenerative disease. 

paolo sassone corsi uc irvine school of medicine study circadian rhythm

Lung tumors hijack liver metabolic processes, UC Irvine researchers find

UC Irvine researchers discover that lung cancer tumors can hijack the body's natural clock and profoundly alter the liver's metabolic functions.

This digitally colorized image by a scanning electron microscope shows a cell vacuole in which Coxiella burnetii, the bacteria that cause Q fever, are proliferating.

Infectious disease team gets $8 million to develop Q fever vaccine

UC Irvine infectious disease team gets $8 million to develop Q fever vaccine. The federally supported effort is aimed at mitigating bioterrorism threat.

UC Irvine microbiologist Anthony James, PhD, will lead a campaign to eradicate malaria in Africa.

UC Irvine microbiologist leads initiative to combat malaria

Acclaimed vector biologist Anthony James to spearhead a multimillion-dollar effort to block the deadly disease in Africa.

Theo van Erp, assistant professor in psychiatry and human behavior at UC Irvine

Researchers identify brain abnormalities in people with schizophrenia

Dr. Theo van Erp co-chairs a team of scientists that identify brain abnormalities in people with schizophrenia.

Dr. Henry Klassen, ophthalmologist and stem-cell researcher with the UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

FDA greenlights UC Irvine clinical trial of treatment for blinding disease

A first-of-its-kind stem cell-based treatment for retinitis pigmentosa developed by UC Irvine’s Dr. Henry Klassen, Dr. Jing Yang and colleagues has received consent from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use in a clinical trial.

Alvin Viray

Patents pending

UC Irvine licensing officers help campus researchers protect their inventions

UC Irvine medical students sitting in preschool chairs

Taking research to the community

Orange County Center for Community Health Research  facilitates collective effort to address area healthcare issues

Frank LaFerla and Mathew Blurton-Jones

Neural stem cells offer potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease

Transplanted neural stem cells 'nurse' brain back to health