Biotech & Healthcare


COVID-19 highlights what we have yet to learn about lung mechanics

Principal Investigator, Mona Eskandari, Bourns College of Engineering, is working on ways to pre-screen patients with difficulty breathing for earlier intervention. “If we know how much force the lungs can endure, we can improve ventilator use by establishing oxygenation strategies that avoid injury,” said Eskandari. “The respiratory-damaging nature of COVID-19 has highlighted the vulnerabilities associated with our modern understanding of pulmonary biomechanics.”

The UCR School of Medicine welcomed its first class of students in the fall of 2013, but the dream of teaching physicians at University of California, Riverside (UCR) dates back to 1971, when then-Chancellor Ivan Hinderaker first presented the idea of building a medical education program in Inland Southern CA. The UCR/UCLA Program in Biomedical Sciences was established in 1974 with a dual goal of recruiting outstanding students to UCR and increasing the number of medical students entering clinical training at UCLA. Students in the program completed their undergraduate work and the first two years of their medical education at UCR, then transferred to UCLA for their third and fourth years, earning their M.D. from the David Geffen School of Medicine. 

David Chen graduate student in Dr. Anupama Dahanukar's lab at the University of California Riverside

The success of the Haider Program served as the foundation for the development of the UCR School of Medicine. In 2003, then-Chancellor France A. Córdova brought together a blue-ribbon panel to begin the planning process for a 4 year medical school. In July 2008, the UC Regents approved UCR’s proposal for a school of medicine and by Feb. 2010 Dr. G. Richard Olds, was the founding dean & vice chancellor of health affairs.

The faculty of the Division of Biomedical Sciences are well known in their areas of research specialization, including: 

  • Anthropology Labs
  • Center for Advanced Neuroimaging
  • Center for Disease and Vector Research
  • Center for Glial-Neuronal Interactions
  • Center for Heathly Communities
  • Center for Health Disparities Research
  • Center for Molecular & Translational Medicine 
  • Center for RNA Biology and Medicine
  • Device to test for Pulmonary Function Exposure & Health Effects
  • Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center
  • Tissue Regenerative Engineering & Mechanotransduction Laboratory 
  • World Phytophthora Genetic Resource Collection
  • UCR Health
  • Breathe: Bridging Regional Ecology, Aerosolized Toxins, & Health Effects
  • Cell Sorter Core Facility
  • Central Facility for Advanced Microscopy & Microanalysis
  • Histology Core Facility
  • Life Sciences Incubator
  • Multiphoton Core Facility
  • N-Counter Sprint Profiler Core Facility
  • School of Medicine — Thomas Haider Program
  • BCOE Makerspace