May 14, 2024
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Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Seminars & Events
Open Research Positions
Research Resources
Robert & Sylvia Mapel Research Innovation Awardees 
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Matthew Rose, MD, PhD
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Sarai Santos 
Congratulations to Matthew Rose, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Pathology, and Sarai Santos, graduate student researcher, Experimental Pathology Program, this year’s Robert & Sylvia Mapel Research Innovation awardees, with their research project, “In vivo modulation of neurodevelopmental gene expression”!

This funding opportunity supports groundbreaking research of a PhD mentor and PhD student team in the areas of biomedical and translational sciences. Research that seeks to establish new paradigms, develop innovative new technology and/or methodology, remove roadblocks that restrict progress in a field, or answer intractable problems, is given priority. This program is intended to develop research in any biomedical area that requires preliminary data necessary to compete for extramural funding, NIH funding in particular.
Join AAAS for Future Honorary Fellow Eligibility
Researchers are encouraged to become members of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). There are many member benefits and membership in this esteemed organization has been a time-honored tradition in the scientific community.

An important benefit of membership in AAAS is to position yourself to be elected as an AAAS Honorary Fellow. AAAS Fellows are a distinguished group of scientists, engineers and innovators who have been recognized for their extraordinary achievements. In a tradition stretching back to 1874, Fellows are elected annually by the AAAS Council.

The UCI School of Medicine Awards Nominations Committee would like to nominate our researchers for consideration for election to AAAS Fellowship. One must be a continuous member of AAAS for the four-year period leading up to the year of nomination. Please make yourself eligible for this honor and become a member.
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Good News!
We have been collecting information about new awards sent in by the School of Medicine research community and have created this space to share the news.

Jennifer Yonan, PhD, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Steward Lab (Anatomy & Neurobiology), has been selected as one of the 2024 recipients of the "A.P. Gianinni Foundation Postdoctoral Research and Leadership Award” for her project Molecular mechanisms of neuronal PTEN deletion-induced network and functional changes in the adult brain. Dr. Yonan is the first person from the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology and the third person from UCI to receive this fellowship.

Have you or someone on your research team received research funding or an award? The School of Medicine Office of Research would like to know! Please fill out this short New Research Funding or Award Survey form.
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Funding Opportunities
Find funding opportunities for trainees, postdocs and early career faculty, and all faculty.

For more funding opportunities and resources to help in your funding search, visit the Funding Opportunities page

For a curated, searchable and filterable list of funding opportunities announced by NIH in their weekly NIH guide listserv, check out the School of Medicine Funding Search Tool.

Considering applying for a Limited Funding Opportunity? Typically, you submit a pre-proposal to the Office of Research via UCI Review. If the opportunity is not listed, email the Research Development Unit (RDU)
All Faculty Funding Opportunities
UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) RFP
UC Research Initiatives in the UC Office of the President has issued the UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives Request for Proposals, which includes opportunities for both Planning/Pilot Awards and Program Awards. The MRPI opportunity is open to UC faculty and researchers in any field of research and scholarship. Proposals require collaboration among at least three UC campuses to pursue pioneering research in thematic, multidisciplinary, or inter-disciplinary areas that enhance the UC research enterprise, strengthen UC’s position as a leading public research university, and benefit California and its people. Find additional program information on the UCOP website

Letter of Intent deadline: Thursday, May 16, 2024, noon
California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) Funding Opportunities 
The California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) is pleased to share two requests for proposals:
  • Low Barrier Technology Interventions for HIV Prevention and Care
  • Economic Justice Interventions to Address HIV and HIV Syndemic Factors in California.
Each of these opportunities require a letter of intent, and these will undergo competitive merit review to limit the pool of potential applicants who are invited to submit full applications. Learn more

Letter of Intent Deadline: Thursday, May 16, 2024
Call for Proposals: 2024 American Diabetes Association  Pathway to Stop Diabetes Grants
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is inviting nominations for the Pathway to Stop Diabetes initiative, which supports innovative basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, behavioral, or health services research relevant to any diabetes type, diabetes-related disease state, or diabetes complication. Each institution is allowed a maximum of two nominations: one nomination spanning basic through preclinical research and one nomination spanning clinical through public health research. Interested applicants (or their nominator) are asked to submit a preliminary application to the Office of Research via UCI Review.

Deadline: Thursday, May 23, 2024 
Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust Awards Program for Coronary Heart Disease Research
The Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust Awards Program for Coronary Heart Disease Research supports research in the area of coronary heart disease or circulatory failure prevention and improving care for these patients. The program focuses on basic and translational scientific research. Clinical studies are currently ineligible. UCI is one of only 14 institutions invited to participate in this program; three grants of $250,000/2 years will be awarded. UCI may nominate only one candidate. Interested applicants are asked to submit a preliminary application to the Office of Research via UCI Review.

Deadline: Thursday, May 30, 2024
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Promoting Data Reuse for Health Research (NOT-OD-24-096)
This Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) solicits competitive revision applications that focus on data reuse and secondary data analysis in NIH-funded data repositories and knowledgebases to advance scientific inquiry and address health research questions. Review the NOSI

First Available Deadline: Wednesday, July 3, 2024
Expiration Date: Nov. 4, 2026

Recently released FY24 funding announcements for the Department of Defense (DOD) - Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
Open Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Funding Opportunities
PCORI is the leading funder of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research in the United States. Research funded by PCORI concentrates on healthcare challenges that confront families every day, including cancer, diabetes, maternal mortality, opioid addiction, mental health and equitable access to care, among many others. They recently released several upcoming funding opportunities. View all active PCORI funding announcements.
NIH Research Career Development Awards (K)
The NIH K award mechanism can be a great mechanism for you depending on your research career stage. This mechanism has different types of funding opportunities that provide support at various career stages: early career, physician scientist, predoc, postdoc, midcareer and established. Here’s a list of active NIH funding opportunities, filtered for a subset of the K mechanisms. If you have any questions or are interested, please contact the School of Medicine Research Development Unit (RDU) at
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Upcoming Seminars & Events
NIH Grants Process: A Brief Walk-Through for Beginners
Are you new to working with the NIH grants process? If so, make plans to join your peers as the NIH walks through essential aspects of applying for funding. This event offers participants an opportunity to gain insights into the NIH’s organizational structure and how it funds research, finding the right fit for your research (including NIH Notices of Funding Opportunity - NOFOs), the grants process overview, peer review, NIH and applicant institution roles and responsibilities, and resources to help along the way.

Wednesday, May 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m. PT
Virtual Event 

Department of Biological Chemistry BC Seminar Series
Reprogramming of cellular RNA biology in response to viral infection, by James M. Burke, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Florida Health, The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology

Wednesday, May 15, 11 a.m. to noon
Location: Plumwood House / Showa Denko Lecture Hall 
Physiology & Biophysics Seminar Series
Career options after your PhD, by Albert ZlotnikPhD, professor emeritus, Physiology & Biophysics, UCI School of Medicine

Wednesday, May 15, 11 a.m. to noon  
Location: Hybrid event at Tamkin Hall F114 and via Zoom 

Contact Dorota Skowronska-Krawczyk to join via Zoom. 
CHOC Research Seminar: Discussions on improving identification of high-risk injuries associated with child physical abuse
Speaker: Gunjan Tiyyagura, MD, MHS, associate professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, director of Pediatric Quality and Safety Education, Pediatrics at Yale University.

Wednesday, May 15, noon to 1:15 p.m. 
Via Zoom 

Vision Research Mixer
We are excited to invite you to our Vision Research Mixer organized by the UCI Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. We hope you will join us for an opportunity to engage with other vision research colleagues from across UCI. The event will include several brief vision research talks during the first hour, followed by a reception.

Wednesday, May 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
Location: Gross Hall, 4th Floor Conference Room 

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Morning Seminar Series 
Long-Range Gene Regulation in Development and Disease, by Evgeny Kvon, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Developmental & Cell Biology, UCI School of Biological Sciences

Thursday, May 16, 9 a.m. PT
Location: Hybrid event at Plumwood House, Room 166, and via Zoom

Contact Shanti Iyer to join via Zoom. 
UCI School of Biological Sciences | Department of Developmental and Cell Biology Spring 2024 Seminar Series
Revisiting the role(s) of netrin1 in the establishment of spinal cord circuitry, by Samantha Butler, PhD, professor and vice chair for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Neurobiology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. Faculty who are interested in scheduling time with Dr. Butler can contact Katie Thompson-Peer.  

Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m. PT
Location: 4201 Natural Sciences II
ICTS Brown Bag Lunch Series Workshop
Come on, Feel the Noise: A Look at Signals, Noise, and Uncertainty in Biological Research, by Mitchel Colebank, PhD, postdoctoral researcher, Chesler Lab (biomedical engineering)

Tuesday, May 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Location: UCI College of Health Sciences Building, Room 2110

UCI Conte Center Seminar Series
The Midline Thalamus and the Control of Goal-Oriented Behaviors, by Mario Penzo, PhD, senior investigator, Unit on the Neurobiology of Affective Memory, National Institute of Mental Health  

Tuesday, May 21, 4 to 5 p.m. PT
Location: Hybrid event at Plumwood House lecture hall and via Zoom

Passcode: 764583 

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21st Annual EpiCenter Symposium 
The 2024 EpiCenter Symposium will celebrate the 20th year of the NIH T32 program in epilepsy research. Talks will feature speakers working to solve important problems related to epilepsy in the laboratory, the clinic and the community. The keynote speaker will be Tracy Dixon-Salazar, PhD, executive director of the Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) Foundation. 

Wednesday, May 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Location: Sue Gross Auditorium 

Beyond Cancer Speaker Series: Community-Engaged and Patient-Centered Cancer Control Research in Asian American Communities
In commemoration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, join the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (CFCCC) and Cancer Control leadership team for a Beyond Cancer speaking event featuring Tung Nguyen, MD, professor of medicine and associate vice chancellor for Research Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism at UCSF. Dr. Nguyen will share insights from his personal journey and discuss community-engaged, patient-centered cancer control research in Asian American communities. Learn more

Wednesday, May 22, noon to 1 p.m. 
Via Zoom 

Grand Opening of UCI’s Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Facility
Join this cocktail reception and celebration for the grand opening of UCI’s state-of-the-art Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Facility. The GMP Facility houses seven specialized manufacturing rooms, a quality-control lab and process development services. It is uniquely poised to specialize in the production of cell and gene therapies for clinical trials in neurological diseases and cancer, significantly expanding treatment options for our patients and positioning UCI at the forefront of pioneering novel regenerative treatments into clinical practice.

Wednesday, May 22, 4 to 6 p.m. 
Location: Thorp Conference Center, Gross Hall — 4th Floor  

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Thursday Seminar Series 
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Hannah Nam, MD 
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Bert Semler, PhD

Pathogens & You: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), by Hannah Nam, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, and Bert Semler, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Thursday, May 23, 9 a.m. PT
Location: Hybrid event at Plumwood House, Room 166, and via Zoom

Contact Shanti Iyer to join via Zoom. 
Budgeting for Clinical Trials Workshop
Speaker: Jackie Dalke, Navigation Services Finance Manager, Clinical Trials Office, UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center. Workshop presented by the Western CTS Education Consortium (WCEC). 

Designed with K scholars in mind, this overview will help you gain a better understanding of protocols for feasibility, determine critical parameters that may affect study outcomes, identify protocol-related items that contribute to the costs, and define the cost structure for the grant budget. The attendees will review a hypothetical National Institutes of Health (NIH) study using a Feasibility Template and convert the findings into a grant budget.

Thursday, May 23, 2 to 3:30 p.m. 
Via Zoom

Meeting ID: 931 3390 9953 | Passcode: 884357

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Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology Dissertation Defense
Circuit mechanisms of associative memory in the entorhinal cortex, by Jason Lee, PhD candidate, Dr. Kei Igarashi’s Lab

Friday, May 24, 3 p.m. 
Location: Hybrid event at Nelson Auditorium (Irvine Hall, ground floor) or via Zoom 

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UCI Gavin Herbert Eye Institute's 10th Annual Bench to Bedside Symposium
The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute’s 10th Annual Bench to Bedside Symposium is a FREE one-day symposium focused on exciting advances in translational research to treat eye diseases. Learn more about the poster presentation competition for a cash prize.

Saturday, June 1, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center, 100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617

Research!America's Science & Technology Early Career Summit
The future of public and private sector-funded R&D hinges on developing a robust and diverse pipeline of talented early-career scientists, researchers and engineers who can drive innovation and positive societal change. Learn more

Session 1: Career Tour – STEM Career Panel Discussions – Wednesday, June 5, 9 a.m. to noon PT
Session 2: Crafting A Winning Resume – Wednesday, June 12, 9 to 10:30 a.m. PT 
Session 3: Science Policy & Advocacy; A Primer – Tuesday, June 18, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. PT
Session 4: The Creative Art of Science Communication – Wednesday, June 26, 9 to 10:15 a.m. PT 

June 5, 12, 18 and 26
Via Zoom 

Monthly on Mondays | Faculty Development Series 
How to Complete the AP-10 Form (Clinical and Non-Clinical), presented by Kyoko Yokomori, PhD, Nimisha Parekh, MD, and Brian CummingsPhD. Monthly on Mondays, presented by Nimisha Parekh, MD, and Brian J. Cummings, PhD, associate deans of faculty development, is a monthly seminar series covering a wide range of topics focused on faculty development. 

Monday, June 10, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. 
Location: Via Zoom 

CHOC Research Seminar: The Patient Voice in Research — Evolution of a Role
Speakers: The Cline Family, founders of Live Like JoJo Foundation; the Gregier Family, co-founder of The Lost Enzyme Project; Magee Family, founder of CureARS; and the Kowalske Family, founder of Zebrahop

Wednesday, June 12, noon to 1:15 p.m. 
Via Zoom 

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Morning Seminar Series 
From Pituitary Past to Present: Pioneering into the Pituitary Immune Landscape, by Dequina Nicholas, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, UCI School of Biological Sciences

Thursday, June 13, 9 a.m. PT
Location: Hybrid event at Plumwood House, Room 166, and via Zoom

Contact Shanti Iyer to join via Zoom. 
Grand Rounds and CME Symposia
For Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunities, view the weekly Grand Rounds & CME Symposia email.
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Open Research Positions
Postdoctoral Scholar - Immuno - Virology and Vaccine Development
The Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology of the UCI Gavin Herbert Eye Institute has two postdoctoral scholar openings. Applications are being sought from recent PhD, or MD/PhD graduates in the Biological/Immunological Sciences. Interdisciplinary skills and approaches in Genomics, Bioinformatics, RNA Sequencing, CyToF, FACS, Advanced Imaging, Biochemistry, Immunology and Cell Biology are strongly desired.

PI: Lbachir Benmohamed, PhD
View the posting in AP Recruit
Closing date: May 15, 2024 
Postdoctoral Scholar - NIH T32 Interdisciplinary Training Program in Skin Biology
The NIH T32 Skin Training Program builds on a strong group of skin biology mentors affiliated with a NIAMS-funded Skin Biology and Disease Research Core Center (UCI Skin). There is one position open for a postdoctoral fellow, including dermatology residents pursuing postgraduate research training.  In addition to laboratory-based research training, the program includes lectures in skin biology and skin diseases, a weekly Skin Club for data presentations, seminar series, retreats and a yearly symposium.  

PI: Anand Ganesan, MD, PhD
View the posting
Closing date: May 31, 2024 
Project Scientist - Otolaryngology 
The Department of Otolaryngology seeks a part-time or full-time project scientist with experience in CRISPR to work on inner ear therapeutics in cell culture and animals. The successful candidate should have a background in molecular genetics and will be overseeing the design and implementation of inner ear therapeutics in cell culture and eventually animal models.

PI: Hamid Djalilian, MD
View the posting in AP Recruit
Closing date: May 31, 2024 
Postdoctoral Scholar-Della Martin Fellowship / Psychiatry and Human Behavior
An exciting and unique opportunity to study neuropsychiatric disorders at the molecular level and develop translational research programs in clinical populations using state-of-the art technologies including single cell RNA-seq, spatial transcriptomics, and cellular models derived from patients and controls. Successful candidate will be familiar with molecular and cellular laboratory methods and bioinformatics.

PI: William E. Bunney, MD 
View the posting in AP Recruit.
Closing date: Sunday, June 30, 2024
Postdoctoral Scholar in the Marazzi Lab / Biological Chemistry
The Marazzi Lab is seeking a highly motivated and talented individual to fill the position of Postdoctoral Researcher. A successful candidate will join a dynamic and innovative research team dedicated to advancing our understanding of epigenetic mechanisms and their role in human health and disease.

PI: Ivan Marazzi, PhD 
Contact Dr. Marazzi if interested. View the posting in AP Recruit
Closing Date: Sunday, June 30, 2024 

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Research Resources
Plan Your Research Career at NIH
Thinking about a career in research or wondering how to move forward in your journey to becoming an independent researcher? Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, a postdoc, early stage or an established investigator, there is an NIH funding program out there for you! Read more
NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program
The program aims to help early career scientists become more competitive as grant applicants through first-hand experience with peer review and to enrich and diversify CSR’s pool of trained reviewers. Read more about the requirements for the Early Career Reviewer Program and enroll. 
UCI Resources
Did you know about these UCI-offered resources?
These three books can be downloaded fromUCI Libraries (must be on campus or using VPN): UCI Apporto Virtual Computer Lab VCL (free)
  • Apps available now: Stata, SPSS, Cran R, R Studio and Matlab
  • Apps available soon: ArcGIS and Eviews
School of Medicine Research Development Unit Resources
What kind of grant support does the Research Development Unit (RDU) provide?
The School of Medicine Research Development Unit has released two new informative webpages
NIH Career Development (K) & Fellowship (F) Applications: This provides an overview of these NIH mechanisms and details the support that different offices at UCI provides. 

Biostatistical Resources: This provides an overview of the biostatistics resources that UCI has and how to request those services. 
NIH Training Grant Incentive Program
Training Grants (e.g., NIH T32) play a key role in supporting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and increases our ability to recruit the best among them. The School of Medicine Office of Research appreciates the time commitment required to prepare and direct training grants and has the Training Grant Incentive Program for first-time submissions of new or competing renewal applications. Read the guidelines on the intake form.

Also, the School of Medicine Research Development Unit supports the preparation of training grant proposals; email to get started. View current UCI Training Grants. View active NIH T32 funding calls.
Interested in submitting for an NIH multi-component grant?
If you are interested in submitting for an NIH multi-component grant, such as the P or U mechanism, please remember to reach out to Dr. Al La Spada, Associate Dean for Research Development ( He can guide you through the process and connect you with potential collaborators.

Also, remember that the Research Development Unit (RDU) provides
project management support for these mechanisms.
To request RDU services, submit this Grant Support Request intake form. There is also an incentive program for these submissions, with more details in this Incentive Program intake form.
Intramural & Foundation Funding Opportunities Lists
The Research Development Unit (RDU) has created lists of intramural funding opportunities and foundation funding opportunities. If you have additional opportunities that should be included, please do not hesitate to email at
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COVID-19 Information
Respiratory infection reminders
  • Employees are encouraged to stay home when ill to help reduce the spread of infections.
  • Employees, including student employees, are strongly encouraged to report cases of COVID-19 to Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services at or 949-824-2300.
  • Free COVID-19 antigen tests continue to be available to employees at various locations on campus.
All employee-related information can be found at Human Resources Working Well webpage. For UCI Health updates, please visit UCI Health's COVID-19 page on SharePoint.
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Submit your funding opportunities and events to next week's email here: Seminar/Event or Funding Opportunity.

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