The Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) performs cutting edge research illuminating causes, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular and pulmonary biology and disease and trains clinicians and scientists to become future leaders of these fields.

The CVRI provides a home for a wide spectrum of investigation ranging from the most basic science to disease-focused through patient-based research to public policy. It links faculty interested in cardiovascular biology and disease across UCSF programs, departments and campuses and is the administrative home for UCSF’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. The diversity of CVRI’s faculty and its collaborative culture fosters a multidisciplinary approach to research problems and provides an important bridge between UCSF’s outstanding clinical and basic science departments.

UCSF’ s Cardiovascular Research Institute and its partner basic science and clinical departments seek to recruit new faculty to develop exciting and impactful research programs in areas of major scientific opportunity and unmet medical need. Please apply here.



Cytoprotection by a naturally occurring variant of ATP5G1 in Arctic ground squirrel neural progenitor cell photo credit to: news/dengke-ma-extreme-hibernation In major cardiovascular diseases, including stroke and heart attack, loss of blood flow causes loss of oxygen (ischemia), leading to… Continue Reading
The structure of a calsequestrin filament reveals mechanisms of familial arrhythmia In a clinical collaboration with Melvin Scheinman from the UCSF Comprehensive Genetic Arrythmia Program, CVRI investigators Rahul Deo and Natalia Jura, along with MD/PhD trainee Erron… Continue Reading
A digital biomarker of diabetes from smartphone-based vascular signals The global burden of diabetes is rapidly increasing, from 451 million people in 2019 to 693 million by 20451. The insidious onset of type 2… Continue Reading
These San Francisco doctors flew to New York to fight the coronavirus — and they have a warning for us   When Dr. Ethan Weiss arrived in New York in late April, he started his first shift almost immediately. Read More Continue Reading
UCSF studying stem cells as possible coronavirus treatment   UCSF’s Dr. Michael Matthay wasn’t thinking about a pandemic in January when he launched a clinical trial to investigate whether certain stem cells could… Continue Reading
Ethan Weiss Answers the Call to New York Ethan Weiss, MD is part of the twenty-four UC San Francisco health care workers on voluntary assignment in New York City providing urgently needed health care… Continue Reading