May 21, 2024
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Good News!
Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Seminars & Events
Open Research Positions
Research Resources
Interventional Clinical Trials Policy for School of Medicine
Please review the newly released Interventional Clinical Trials Policy (PDF) to apply to faculty, staff and students within the School of Medicine. The goal of this policy is to provide guidance to faculty and department chairs to work with the clinical trials units on the oversight of these studies. Questions regarding this policy can be directed to Dr. Daniela Bota, vice dean for clinical research. 
School of Medicine Informational Seminar – NIH New Innovator (DP2) Awards
This expert panel will discuss the Director’s New Innovator and NIAID New Innovator award applications and review processes. There will be a Q&A where we welcome your specific questions.

Speakers: Dequina Nicholas, PhD, Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry; Xiaoyu Shi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Developmental & Cell Biology; Fangyuan Ding, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering; Evgeny Kvon, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Wednesday, June 12, noon to 1 p.m. 

Important Reminder from the Office of Research: Timely Submission of Final Technical Reports and Deliverables to Federal Sponsors
Sponsors are increasingly enforcing policies regarding delinquent reports and other deliverables associated with awards. Failure to submit final technical reports and other deliverables promptly may lead to severe consequences, including delays in receiving new awards to UCI and suspension of a PI’s proposal submission privileges. Accordingly, we sincerely urge all PIs to make timely submission of final technical reports and deliverables to sponsors a top priority. Read the post
Reporting Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Plan Activities in the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
NIH will be updating the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) instructions to address the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy. Review the notice
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.

Faris Halaseh, medical student (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery), with collaborating PIs, Alan Widgerow and Mary Zeigler, received the 2024 AΩA Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship for his project titled, “Examining the Cross Talk between the ADSC Secretome and IGF-1 for Targeted Therapy of Dupuytren’s Disease.”

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
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 
Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) 
The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program provides grants to academic departments at institutions of higher education to support graduate fellowships for students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue a PhD. These awards require a faculty member lead; the application must demonstrate that a strong research and teaching program is provided to the students. The research program must be aligned with the areas of national need listed in the FY24 Grant Competition Resource (PDF). Departments often pursue this funding when they must turn away students due to lack of funding. If interested in learning more, please email by Friday, May 24

Deadline: Monday, June 24, 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
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
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 

Department of Biological Chemistry BC Seminar Series

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Rachel Garleb
Dr. Haoping Liu Lab 

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Sungjun Beck
Dr. Kyoko Yokomori Lab

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Yasmine Alam
Dr. Cholsoon Jang Lab

Research-in-Progress talks by Department of Biological Chemistry graduate students:
  • Neutrophil NETosis is initiated by C. albicans hyphal Als-ɑ5β1-mediated necroptosis, by Rachel Garleb
  • Unveiling the Molecular Mechanism of Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD) through Analysis of Transcriptional Regulatory Networks, by Sungjun Beck
  • Mannose: a “sweet treatment” for metabolic diseases, by Yasmine Alam

Wednesday, May 22, 11 a.m. to noon
Location: Plumwood House / Showa Denko Lecture Hall 
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  

UCLA CTSI K/CDA Grant Writing Virtual Workshop
The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will be holding a workshop for junior investigators who have applied, are applying, or thinking about applying for a NIH K/Career Development Award.

Topics: Navigating the NIH K Award Process, Choosing Your Mentorship Team, Writing the NIH K Award, How Reviewers Evaluate K Awards, Common Critiques from NIH K Study Sections, and Considerations in Applying for a K99 Award: the NIH "Pathway to Independence."

Thursday, May 23, 8 a.m. to noon 
Virtual Event 

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. 
Community-Engaged Research to Reduce Cancer and Sleep Health Disparities in Asian Americans: Challenges and Opportunities
In celebration of the National Cancer Institute's “Celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month Seminar Series: Advancing Leaders,” Sunmin Lee, ScD, MPH, professor in the Department of Medicine at UCI School of Medicine, will give a lecture on Community-Engaged Research to Reduce Cancer and Sleep Health Disparities in Asian Americans: Challenges and Opportunities.

Thursday, May 23, 9 to 10:15 a.m. PT 
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

Genomics, Biomedical Computing and Genetics Monthly Meeting
Emerging Genetic Drivers of Human Diseases: A genome-wide spectrum of tandem repeat expansions in 338,963 humans, by Wei Li, PhD, Grace B. Bell Endowed Chair, Professor of Bioinformatics, Division of Computational Biomedicine, Department of Biological Chemistry, UCI School of Medicine. Meeting hosted by the Genomics Research and Technology Hub (GRT Hub).  

Tuesday, June 4, 10 to 11 a.m. PT
Via Zoom 

Meeting ID: 927 0239 2593
Passcode: 249760

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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 

Updates to NIH Training Grant Applications Webinar
The NIH Institutional National Research Service Award (NRSA) Training Grant Program application is undergoing changes that take effect for submissions due on or after Jan. 25, 2025. These modifications impact the PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan Form (the Recruitment Plan to Enhance Diversity will become its own attachment instead of part of the 25-page program plan) and the NRSA Training Tables (NIH is updating the NRSA Data Tables to reduce burden on the research community).

Wednesday, June 5, 10 to 11 a.m.
Virtual Event

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. 
UCI Conte Center and CNLM Colloquium Series
Interactive Development of Reinforcement Learning and Episodic Memory, by Catherine Hartley, PhD, associate professor, Department of Psychology, New York University. Co-hosted by the UCI Conte Center and the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM). 

Tuesday, June 18, 4 to 5 p.m. PT
Location: Herklotz Conference Center at the CNLM (building 506 on the UCI campus map), and via Zoom
Passcode: 764583

UCI Center for Neural Circuit Mapping (CNCM) 2024 Conference 
Brain Cell Types, Circuits and Disorders. Co-hosted with Cajal Club. Register by June 19

Monday to Wednesday, Aug. 19–21
Location: Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering, 100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617 

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 - 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
Simplified Review Framework for NIH Research Project Grants (RPGs) Webinar Resources Available
Did you miss the webinar on the implementation of the simplified review framework for RPGs? Not to worry, the presentation resources are now available! Review the resources
New NIH FY 2023 Categorical Spending Data are Now Available
NIH recently updated its annual categorical information with fiscal year (FY) 2023 actual spending data and estimates for FY 2024 and 2025. Available on the Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization (RCDC) page, you will find the annual support level for various research, condition, and disease categories. Read more
Webinar Recording Available: Congruence Review (for Studies Involving Vertebrate Animals)
Did you miss this informative webinar hosted by the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) earlier this year? The resources are now available! Read more
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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