UCI Cancer Research Institute

The purpose of the UCI Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is to facilitate and coordinate basic cancer-related research and training at UCI.

Dedicated to Excellence

Welcome to CRI

The UC Irvine Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is an organized research unit dedicated to basic cancer research. The CRI has over 60 faculty affiliates from departments in the Schools of Biological Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Physical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Science. The CRI supports faculty research, organizes cancer related training and functions as the basic science arm of the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. The CRI offices are located in Sprague Hall on the UCI main campus.

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UCI’s Marian Waterman, professor of microbiology & molecular genetics; John Lowengrub, Chancellor’s Professor of mathematics; and Arthur Lander, Donald Bren Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology, (from left) received a $10 million National Cancer Institute grant to establish the UCI Center for Cancer Systems Biology.

Steve Zylius / UCI

Conquering Cancer

World Class Faculty

Cancer-related research is carried out by over 60 affiliated faculty members, and their post-docs, graduate students, and staff at the Cancer Research Institute (CRI).

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Cancer Research Graduate


The CRI is actively involved in teaching of graduate students.  138 graduate students are currently training in the laboratories of CRI affiliates.  A major focus of this teaching is the NCI-funded Training Program in Cancer Biology.  The training program organizes graduate courses in cancer biology, and it supports trainees by providing tuition/fee and research stipends.

Cancer Research

T32 Training Grant

The Cancer Biology and Therapeutics (CBT) training program provides UCI graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with comprehensive, highly interdisciplinary training that includes cancer biology, the most current research methods, and a focus on translational science such as the development of novel cancer therapeutics and diagnostics.

Dr. Van Etten in his lab
photo: Steve Zylius/UCI


The CRI Shared Resources help foster innovative research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Browse from a list of downloadable PDF, information and links. CRI affiliates may use the links to download text describing Shared Resources that can be used for grant applications.

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The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center – Spring 2020 Newsletter

June 30, 2020

Fighting Cancer on All Fronts Spring 2020 Newsletter UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center newsletter In this issue, CFCCC highlight important clinical trials led by Dr. Farshid Dayyani to treat late-stage GI cancers and Dr. Deepa Jeyakumar, who is targeting stem cells to keep acute myeloid leukemia at bay. You’ll learn about advancements we are making in new imaging technologies at the UCI Optical Biology Core and emerging mass spectrometric technologies at the UCI High-End Mass Spectrometry Facility to support our basic researchers.…

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Aimee Edinger

News Highlight: Dr. Aimee Edinger Starves Cancer Cells to Death

March 20, 2020

Here is something New! Please check out UCI’s Innovation Spotlight Article on Dr. Aimee Edinger’s Research. CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO THE ARTICLE CLICK HERE FOR THE WHOLE RISING TIDE MAGAZINE Link: http://innovation.uci.edu/2020/03/aimee-edinger-starves-cancer-cells-to-death/

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Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, the following events may be cancelled, virtual or postponed. If you have any questions, please email cri@uci.edu.