Research at UC Davis Health

Researchers at work

UC Davis School of Medicine is a national leader in medical research, ranking in the top 30 schools of medicine in NIH funding.  Faculty in the School of Medicine specialize in a wide range of basic and applied research including those related to cancer biology, vascular biology, genetic diseases and functional genomics, health services, infectious diseases, neuroscience, nutrition, telemedicine, and vision science.
The Office of Research provides a number of resources for investigators and administrators including:

  • Translational Entrepreneurship & Industry Research Alliances
  • Sponsored Programs
  • Grants Facilitation
  • Research Facilities
  • Laboratory Safety

Major areas of research growth

Major areas of research growth include some of UC Davis Health's most innovative programs with research guidance and support offered by the UC Davis School of MedicineUC Davis Medical Center and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.


Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) — Established with a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health, the center is transforming how scientists and clinicians conduct and are trained about clinical and translational research so that new treatments reach patients more quickly and efficiently.

CTSC staff provide faculty, staff and trainees with infrastructure and operations support to facilitate grant writing, research design, fiscal and protocol compliance, and data management in the conduct of clinical and translational research.


Clinical trials — General information about participating in clinical trials and research studies, as well as information on active and recruiting trials and studies at UC Davis.


Human Subjects Research - IRB Administration — Provides education and training, administrative and record-keeping support, and conducts quality improvement audits for the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

The IRB is a campus-wide committee established to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects in research studies conducted by UC Davis.

Office of Research — Facilitates and oversees research activity involving School of Medicine faculty, operating under the leadership of the Associate Dean for Research in the Office of the Dean.


Research departments and programs — Links to individual research departments’ and programs’ websites.


Research training programs and career development opportunities — UC Davis Health offers many exciting research training and career development opportunities for faculty as well as clinical and research fellows.


Sponsored Programs — Oversees the administration of extramural grants and contracts in the School of Medicine. All extramural grants and contracts, clinical trials, and human subjects protocols submitted by School of Medicine faculty are processed in the Office of Sponsored Programs before being reviewed by the UC Davis Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.


Stem Cell Program — Brings together resources from across the university to ensure that bench research – the work done in laboratories – can be translated successfully into clinical treatments.