Who We Are
The Center for Virus Research (CVR) aims to foster scholarship, training, and collaborative research at UCI across many disciplines, based on studies founded in molecular virology. The CVR provides both the administrative infrastructure as well as training and common laboratory facilities required for virus-based, interdisciplinary research. The CVR is an Organized Research Unit (ORU) under the UCI Office of Research, reporting to Pramod Khargonekar, Ph.D, Vice Chancellor for Research at UCI.
With the worldwide public health threats imposed by emerging and re-emerging viruses, interest in virus research at all levels has intensified and taken on a new global perspective. Thus, there is a need at the local, national, and international levels for a more comprehensive understanding of viruses and viral diseases. As a consequence, previously separate disciplines such as molecular biology, evolutionary biology, immunology, pathogenesis, neuroscience, biochemistry, structural biology, proteomics, and biomedical engineering are now readily connected by virus research.
Such integrated research pathways are key to the highly interdisciplinary nature of the Center for Virus Research.
Support Our Research
The Center for Virus Research is primarily funded by contracts and grants, but philanthropic donations from people just like you expand our ability to pursue excellence in virus research and education.
Virus Systems Under Study
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Coxsackievirus - Viral disease demography and epidemiology
Phage of the human microbiome
Mouse hepatitis virus (including neurotropic and glia tropic strains)
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Department of Biological Chemistry
Department of Public Health
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Department of Chemistry
Department of Medicine
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Department of Biomedical Engineering