UC Davis Children’s Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics are on the leading edge of a number of medical advancements because of the quality of our research, who we are, and how we work together. Our faculty have research interests that cover basic, translational, pre-clinical and clinical topics, with a goal to enhance understanding of pediatric diseases and develop new diagnostics and therapeutics.

The faculty in the Department of Pediatrics are nationally competitive with research funding from federal sources that include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The faculty have also been successful at securing funding from the State of California, including agencies such as the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. In addition, researchers in the Department of Pediatrics have been very successful in advancing research supported by organizations from the private and public sector, including many regional foundations. Through the investigation of pediatric disorders and new therapies, our faculty translate new research findings into novel treatments for infants and children while continuing to improve medical education and clinical practice. More information about current faculty research activities at the Department of Pediatrics is available from Faculty Research Programs.


Another component of our research program is the multi-disciplinary collaboration with other departments, schools and colleges at UC Davis. The Department of Pediatrics offers opportunities for collaboration within the Department and for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral and clinical fellows looking to gain professional experience in academic research. We also continue to work extensively on activities sponsored by the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC). The CTSC at UC Davis Health started in 2006 as part of the inaugural NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards. The CTSC’s goal is to enhance the efficiency and quality of clinical and translational research by transforming the research and training environment.

To learn more about academic research training opportunities with the Department of Pediatrics, please contact the Department Chair's office at 916-734-5178