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Research Focus Areas

Listed alphabetically by subject area. Please send updates to

4D Nucleome Research

4D Nucleome Research Center and Organizational Hub at UC San Diego: Principal Investigator Shu Chien, MD, PhD


Molecular mechanisms of aging; impact of inflammation on the brain; chronic diseases of aging.

Allergy and Immunology

Molecular and cell biology of allergy; immune-mediated and inflammatory diseases; mucosal immunity.


Arthritis and Inflammatory Disease


Atherosclerotic Heart Disease


Biomedical Informatics

Bioinformatics; clinical informatics; global health informatics and telemedicine; infrastructure, privacy technology and health information exchange.

Core bioinformatics expertise to manage and analyze large molecular datasets, especially from next-generation sequencing. Special emphasis in genomics, systems biology and personalized medicine.

Bone Marrow Transplantation

See Hematology-Oncology


See Hematology-Oncology


Atherosclerosis; cardiac electrophysiology; cardiac mechanics; heart failure; integrins in inflammation; interventional cardiology; molecular cardiology; physiology and pharmacology.

Clinical Decision Support

Biomedical Informatics, an academic division in the UC San Diego School of Medicine and a department of UC San Diego Health.

Clinical Trials



Etiology, treatment, and prevention; molecular mechanisms; pathogenesis of diabetic kidney disease; the contribution of the kidney to cardiovascular disease in diabetes and obesity.

Digestive Diseases

Celiac disease; gastrointestinal infection; intestinal inflammatory disease.

Endocrinology and Metabolism

Obesity; lipid research; pituitary; thyroid; signal transduction; transcription; calcium and bone; reproductive endocrine diseases.

Endoscopy & Gastroenterology

Genomic Medicine


Molecular mechanisms of aging; impact of inflammation on the brain.

Global Public Health

HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis; risk factors, transmission, treatment, prevention, border health, health care utilization, STDs, viral hepatitis, substance use, migration and health, and social justice.


Heart Failure


Experimental therapeutics; hematological malignancies; chronic lymphocytic leukemia; stem cell biology; tumor biology/immunology; hematopoiesis; platelet-vascular biology.


See Liver Disease



Pathogenesis, prevention, risk factors, transmission, treatment.


Research and training in hospice and palliative care - Divisions of Hematology-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation

Hospital Medicine

Glycemic control, venous thromboembolism prevention, transitions of care.


Infectious Diseases

HIV and opportunistic infections; drug resistance; hepatitis B and C; Leptospira; malaria; tuberculosis; microbial pathogenesis; international medicine; neurovirology; prevention; tropical medicine; parasitology.


Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Developing new biotechnology therapies; conducting multicenter clinical trials; clinical pharmacology of medications used in treatment.

See Also Digestive Diseases

Kidney Disease / Kidney Injury

Development; physiology and pathophysiology; hypertension; immuno-pathogenesis and transplantation; function in early diabetes and diabetic nephropathy; acute injury and outcomes research; failure.

Leukemia, Myeloproliferative Disorders

Lipid Research

Liver Disease

Epidemiology and biomarkers for liver disease; multi-targeted therapies for liver cancer; molecular pathogenesis of fibrotic liver disease and the genetic basis of liver disorders;
progression of chronic liver diseases; hepatic fibrosis; alcoholic liver disease; liver failure; hepatitis B and C; clinical trials; treatments; transplantation; population screening; vaccination.

Medical Genetics

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)


Palliative Medicine

Pancreatic Cancer

  • UC San Diego Health Researchers Join Pancreatic Cancer "Dream Team" - Department of Pharmacology, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Department of Medicine and Department of Surgery; Moores Cancer Center
  • Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

COPD; drug-resistant tuberculosis; pulmonary function during weightlessness; respiratory biology; sleep medicine.

See Also Division of Physiology

Regenerative Medicine

Rheumatic Diseases

Biology of immunologic and inflammatory diseases; pathogenesis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Sleep Medicine

The pathogenesis of sleep apnea; metabolic/cardiovascular complications of sleep disorders; mechanical ventilation in acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Smoking and Health

Using NRT and Quitline Services to Help Hospitalized Smokers Stay Quit (NIH Research Program – Cooperative Agreement)

Systems Biology


Vascular Diseases and Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis; chronic thrombotic venous disease.

DVT prevention in inpatients: