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Moores Cancer Center

Moores Cancer Center is one of five Organized Research Units (ORU) of the UC San Diego School of Medicine. As an ORU, the Cancer Center stimulates collaborations in cancer research and nurtures junior cancer investigators.

There are over 330 faculty members of the Center, who are drawn from 19 departments and divisions across the campus and other local institutions such as Rady Children’s Hospital, The Salk Institute, and San Diego State University.

Cancer Center membership includes one Nobel Laureate, 14 members of the National Academy of Sciences (UCSD is ranked 7th in the total number of NAS members, with 67 members), one member of the Advisory Council of the NCI, and a past president of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Research programs

Shared resource facilities

Research collaborations

Interactions occur between the Center and adjacent institutions: The Salk Institute, Scripps Research Institute and its related clinics and hospitals, and The Burnham Institute for Cancer Research.

  • One of two US branches of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research is located on the UC San Diego campus, which enables powerful scientific synergies with members of Moores Cancer Center.
  • Moores Cancer Center works in close collaboration with UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, seeking to develop new chemotherapeutic agents from algae and other natural living organisms from the sea.
  • Center researchers have established an active research program with the San Diego Supercomputer Center, which is housed on the UC San Diego campus and is one of two such centers in the nation, .
  • At any given time, Moores Cancer Center offers over 150 clinical trials.
    Moores Cancer Research

    Scott M. Lippman, MD