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Headshots of Daniela Bota and Geoffrey Abbott.
Left to right: Vice Dean of Clinical Science Research, Daniela Bota, MD, PhD and Vice Dean of Basic Science Research Geoffrey D. Abbott, PhD.


As a major component of the school's overall mission—Discover. Teach. Heal.—the Office of Research is dedicated to furthering basic, clinical and translational research to enable discoveries elucidating fundamental biological and pathobiological processes and novel therapeutic approaches, diagnostics and analytics. Our ultimate goal is to make safe and effective disease prevention techniques, treatments and cures for people all over the world.

Our Priorities

We continue to thrive with an enduring research focus and hiring initiatives around the following key research areas:

  • Cancer, including adaptive cell therapy
  • Stem Cell biology
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • Neurotherapeutics
  • Neuroinflammation in viral and non-viral diseases of the central nervous system
  • Developmental neuropathology 
  • Infectious disease
  • Immunology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Microbiome and nutrition
  • Integrative Health
  • Gastrointestinal disorders

In addition, imaging, genomics, statistics and bioinformatics are key areas of focus for ongoing infrastructure development.

We are also continuing to grow our clinical trials and translational research programs, linking the cutting-edge bench research to clinical care application.

The Future

As the largest school in the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, we are excited about the opportunities to better understand the complexities of human health with multidisciplinary research approaches aimed at integrating knowledge stemming from genomics and proteomics, chemistry, and the relationship of metabolism and environment to health.

Geoffrey Abbott, PhD, Vice Dean, Basic Research
Daniela Bota, MD, PhD, Vice Dean, Clinical Research