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Many researchers and graduate students at UC Merced conduct research that relates to different areas of health. Faculty at UCM have expertise on multidisciplinary research areas of health and medical research such as:

  • Biomedicine
  • Bioengineering
  • Public Health
  • Health Psychology

As part of our wider efforts in medical education and clinical research, the CMEHS supports clinicians in the region who are interested in engaging in research, including providing specialized training and supervision in the determinants of health in the region.

If you are interested in partnering with us, please fill out the interest form.

Selected Publications

Dhillon, J., Thorwald, M., De La Cruz, N., Vu, E., Asghar, S., Kuse, Q., Diaz Rios, L.K., & Ortiz, R. (2018).Glucoregulatory and Cardiometabolic Profiles of Almond vs. Cracker Snacking for 8 Weeks in Young Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Nutrients, 10(8), 960.

Ortiz, R. M., Rodriguez, R., Depaoli, S., & Weffer, S. E. (2014). Increased Physical Activity Reduces the Odds of Elevated Systolic Blood Pressure Independent of Body Mass or Ethnicity in Rural Adolescents. J Hypertens, 3(3), 1-8. 

Rodriguez, R., Weffer, S. E., Romo, J., Aleman, A., & Ortiz, R. M. (2011). Reduced physical activity levels associated with obesity in rural Hispanic adolescent females. Childhood Obesity (Formerly Obesity and Weight Management), 7(3), 194-205.

Rodriguez, R., Mowrer, J., Romo, J., Aleman, A., Weffer, S. E., & Ortiz, R. M. (2010). Ethnic and gender disparities in adolescent obesity and elevated systolic blood pressure in a rural US population. Clinical pediatrics, 49(9), 876-884.

Alcala, E., Cisneros, R., &  Capitman, J.A., (2017): Health care access, concentrated poverty, and pediatric asthma hospital care use in California's San Joaquin Valley: A multilevel approach, Journal of Asthma, DOI:10.1080/02770903.2017.1409234

Cisneros, R., Gonzalez, M., Brown, P., & Schweizer, D. (2017) Soda consumption and hospital admissions among Californian adults with asthma. Journal of Asthma, 54(4), 371-375.

Guan, J., Gupta, R., & Filipp, F. V. (2015). Cancer systems biology of TCGA SKCM: efficient detection of genomic drivers in melanoma. Scientific reports, 5, 7857.

Wilson, S., & Filipp, F. V. (2018). A network of epigenomic and transcriptional cooperation encompassing an epigenomic master regulator in cancer. bioRxiv, 309484.

Filipp, F. V. (2017). Precision medicine driven by cancer systems biology. Cancer and Metastasis Reviews, 36(1), 91-108.

Jeter, J. M., Bowles, T. L., Curiel‐Lewandrowski, C., Swetter, S. M., Filipp, F. V., Abdel‐Malek, Z. A., ... & Chu, E. Y. (2018).  Chemoprevention agents for melanoma: a path forward into phase 3 clinical trials. Cancer.

Filipp, F. V., Birlea, S., Bosenberg, M. W., Brash, D., Cassidy, P. B., Chen, S., ... & Indra, A. K. (2018). Frontiers in pigment cell and melanoma research. Pigment cell & melanoma research.

Payán, D. D., Sloane, D. C., Illum, J., Vargas, R. B., Lee, D., Galloway-Gilliam, L., & Lewis, L. B. (2017). Catalyzing implementation of evidence-based interventions in safety net settings: A clinical–community partnership in South Los Angeles. Health promotion practice, 18(4), 586-597.