As an Organized Research Unit, the Center for Virus Research (CVR) aims to foster scholarship, training, and collaborative research at UCI across many disciplines, based on studies founded in molecular virology. The CVR provides both the administrative infrastructure as well as training and common laboratory facilities required for virus-based, interdisciplinary research.

With the worldwide public health threats imposed by emerging and re-emerging viruses, interest in virus research at all levels has intensified and taken on a new global perspective. Thus, there is a need at the local, national, and international levels for a more comprehensive understanding of viruses and viral diseases.  As a consequence, previously separate disciplines such as molecular biology, evolutionary biology, immunology, pathogenesis, neuroscience, biochemistry, structural biology, proteomics, and biomedical engineering are now readily connected by virus research.

Such integrated research pathways are key to the highly interdisciplinary nature of the Center for Virus Research.


Current Director
Bert L. Semler, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Founding Director (2000 to 2010)
Professor Emeritus, Luis P. Villarreal, Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

External Advisory Committee
Professor Irvin Chen – UC Los Angeles
Professor Charles E. Samuel – UC Santa Barbara
Professor Deborah H. Spector – UC San Diego

Internal Oversight Committee Chair
Michael J. Buchmeier, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

The Center for Virus Research reports to Pramod Khargonekar, Ph.D, Vice Chancellor for Research at UCI