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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 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 more completely explore the medical essence of human health.

GERI is one of 21 UC Irvine organized research units (ORU) and is home to more than 50 internationally recognized scientists who work together and with the community through the Center for Cancer Genetics Research and Prevention, with the goal of better protecting the health of our children, families and friends.

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, and Economics.

This multidisciplinary approach to genetic epidemiology means that faculty in all these disciplines have been actively involved in research, training and providing services to meet the 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.

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 affiliated with a research institution and are interested in collaborative opportunities, or you would like more information about GERI, please contact our director, Hoda Anton-Culver, PhD, at 949-824-7401 or