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About the Institute

The Genetic Epidemiology Research Institute (GERI) is a UC Irvine campus-wide, collaborative institute with a rich tradition of studying the genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors that lead to complex human diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

The institute, which has been in existence since 2004, brings together researchers from many scientific disciplines in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of human health and disease.

GERI is one of 17 UC Irvine organized research units (ORU) and is intended to foster the development of short and long term research programs that span disciplines and academic units, thereby making it possible for GERI faculty members to acquire extramural resources for which they might not otherwise qualify.

GERI and the UC Irvine School of Medicine's Department of Epidemiology also engages in multiple collaborations with local, regional and national partners that enable groundbreaking innovations.

GERI's core strength is its roster of members, scientists from several disciplines, including Epidemiology, Developmental and Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Statistics, Bioinformatics, Pathology, Radiology, Surgical and Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Environmental and Behavioral Sciences. 

This multidisciplinary approach leverages combined strengths, backgrounds, and resources of GERI members to develop stronger and more innovative research. See goals we have set for GERI.

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GERI has a proven record of obtaining contract and grant support for research that cuts across divisional, departmental and school lines and facilitates collaborative efforts. These accomplishments have been realized in an accelerated fashion and could not have been conceived and accomplished without the existence of the ORU. Many of these projects involve our extensive and well-annotated biorepository of human samples spanning multiple health conditions of >20,000 individuals collected since the 1990s and proven abilities to carry out prospective epidemiology studies. 

To foster scientific interactions and collaboration, we also offer standard research presentations, mini-symposia and retreats, which include open discussions to encourage the planning of possible joint research projects. Graduate, postgraduate, medical students and junior faculty have had opportunities to participate in research that combines the methodologies of basic biological sciences with the study of human populations.

If you are interested in collaborative research opportunities, or you would like more information about GERI, please contact any of the following:

GERI Director, Hoda Anton-Culver, PhD 

GERI Associate Director, Hannah Lui Park, PhD