Cancer Research Institute

Welcome to the UCI Cancer Research Institute (CRI), a leading research center in the battle against cancer.

What We do

Research Support

Support the prodigious research efforts of our affiliated faculty


Facilitate collaborative research and multi-investigator proposals

Graduate Students

Coordinate graduate and postdoctoral training in cancer research

Meeeting Event

Sponsor meetings and events on prominent cancer-related topics

Research Focus Areas

Cancer Epigenetics & Metabolism

Tumor Immunology

Drug Development & Chemical Biology

Systems, Pathways & Targets

Area 5(1)

Latest News from CRI

Publication Highlight: Breakthrough in Colon Cancer Research

Congratulations to Professor Selma Masri and PhD student Bridget Fortin, who recently published a study in Nature Immunology showing that the circadian clock – the biological pacemaker that governs daily rhythms in physiological ...
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Conquering Cancer Series- Battling Brain Cancer

On May 23, The Cancer Research Institute hosted its second “Conquering Cancer Series” seminar. In front of a crowd of 35+ individuals, Dr. Charles Limoli, Dr. Aaron B. Simon, and ...
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Student Spotlight: Paige Halas MS ’19, Ph.D ’24

“Conducting cancer research is working with others to fill a bucket one drop at a time to achieve results that better serve cancer patients.” Paige Halas sits quietly at her ...
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Publication Highlights From CRI Collaborative Teams

The Cancer Research Institute had an outstanding year in publications. All the collaborative teams worked hard to have many papers published. Below is a list of all the publications and ...
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Conquering Cancer Series- Battling Colon Cancer

“Cancer touches all of us. We are not free of it. Cancer can affect and hit everyone. It is the great equalizer.” –Daniel Rivas, MA Director, Office of Community Outreach ...
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Trainee Highlight: Paige Halas

We are thrilled to announce that Paige has advanced to the UC Irvine Grad Slam Finals!She’s one of three finalists from the School of Medicine and the sole representative from ...
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New Funding

Congratulations to Mei Kong on her American Cancer Society Research Award for her proposal, "Dissecting the role of secreted metabolite in colon cancer metastasis". Award Summary: The major cause of ...
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New NIH CHD Supplemental Funding

Congratulations to Selma Masri and her team which were just awarded an NCI administrative supplement for cancer health disparities (CHD). This is a big deal as NCI had 2 calls ...
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SSIHI Research Projects Awarded

Six research projects in the field of integrative health have been awarded UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute Pilot Program grants for 2023. Among the recipients were CRI Affiliates: Elizabeth ...
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2023 V Scholar Grant recipient

Congratulations to Matthew Griffin, Assistant Professor in Departments of Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry for receiving the 2023 V Scholar Program Grant for his proposal, “Developing precision ...
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