Organized Research Units

UCLA has established a number of Organized Research Units, better known as ORUs, to conduct and facilitate research, provide students with opportunities, and carry out public service programs across traditional disciplinary boundaries. ORUs are interdisciplinary in nature and work across the breadth of the UCLA campus.
Interactive maps of ORU and department affiliations are available here:
Organized Research Units by Departmental Affiliations
Departments by Organized Research Units Affiliations
Director Affiliated departments Affiliated schools
African Studies Center Steven Nelson Anthropology, Art History, Community Health Sciences, Comparative Literature, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Education, Ethnomusicology, French & Francophone Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Information Studies, International Institute, Law, Linguistics, Political Science, Public Policy, Urban Planning, World Arts and Cultures/Dance Division of Humanities, Division of Life Sciences, Division of Social Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Herb Alpert School of Music, Luskin School of Public Affairs, School of Law, School of the Arts and Architecture
American Indian Studies Center Shannon Speed American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Education, Gender Studies, History, Information Studies, Law, Oral Biology, Public Policy, Sociology, World Arts and Cultures/Dance Division of Humanities, Division of Social Sciences, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Luskin School of Public Affairs, School of Dentistry, School of Law, School of the Arts and Architecture
Asian American Studies Center Marjorie Kagawa Singer Anthropology, Asian American Studies, Asian Languages & Cultures, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Community Health Sciences, Education, English, Film, Television & Digital Media, Gender Studies, Health Policy & Management, History, Information Studies, Law, Management & Organizations, Medicine, Nursing, Oral Biology, Political Science, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, Psychology, Public Policy, Social Welfare, Sociology, Urban Planning Anderson School of Management, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Division of Humanities, Division of Social Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Luskin School of Public Affairs, School of Dentistry, School of Law, School of Nursing, School of Theater, Film and Television
Brain Research Institute Christopher Evans Anesthesiology, Bioengineering, Biological Chemistry, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Electrical Engineering, Integrative Biology and Physiology, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Neurology, Nursing, Oral Biology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, Physics & Astronomy, Physiology - Medicine, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, Psychology, Statistics David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Division of Life Sciences, Division of Physical Sciences, Division of Social Sciences, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing
Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies Helen Deutsch Anthropology, Architecture & Urban Design, Art History, Asian Languages & Cultures, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, French & Francophone Studies, Geography, Germanic Languages, History, Information Studies, Italian, Law, Music, Musicology, Neurobiology, Philosophy, Political Science, Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, Theater, World Arts and Cultures/Dance Division of Humanities, Division of Social Sciences, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Herb Alpert School of Music, School of Law, School of the Arts and Architecture, School of Theater, Film and Television
Center for European and Russian Studies Laure Murat Architecture & Urban Design, Art History, Asian Languages & Cultures, Classics, Comparative Literature, Economics, Education, English, Ethnomusicology, French & Francophone Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Germanic Languages, History, Information Studies, International Institute, Italian, Law, Linguistics, Management & Organizations, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, Musicology, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Pediatrics, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Policy, Scandinavian, Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, Theater, Urban Planning Anderson School of Management, Division of Humanities, Division of Social Sciences, Herb Alpert School of Music, Luskin School of Public Affairs, School of Law, School of the Arts and Architecture, School of Theater, Film and Television
Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Massimo Ciavolella Architecture & Urban Design, Asian Languages & Cultures, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, French & Francophone Studies, Geography, Germanic Languages, History, Indo-European Studies, Italian, Law, Medicine, Music, Musicology, Philosophy, Political Science, Scandinavian, Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, Theater, World Arts and Cultures/Dance David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Division of Humanities, Division of Social Sciences, Herb Alpert School of Music, School of Law, School of the Arts and Architecture, School of Theater, Film and Television
Center for Near Eastern Studies Asli Bali Anthropology, Art History, Community Health Sciences, Comparative Literature, Economics, English, Ethnomusicology, French & Francophone Studies, History, International Institute, Law, Political Science, Sociology, World Arts and Cultures/Dance Division of Humanities, Division of Social Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, Herb Alpert School of Music, School of Law, School of the Arts and Architecture
Center for the Study of Women Rachel Lee African American Studies, Anthropology, Architecture & Urban Design, Art History, Asian American Studies, Asian Languages & Cultures, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Classics, Community Health Sciences, Comparative Literature, Economics, Education, English, Film, Television & Digital Media, French & Francophone Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Germanic Languages, History, Italian, Law, LGBTS, Management & Organizations, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Medicine, Musicology, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, Theater, Urban Planning, World Arts and Cultures/Dance Anderson School of Management, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Division of Humanities, Division of Social Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, Herb Alpert School of Music, Luskin School of Public Affairs, School of Law, School of Nursing, School of the Arts and Architecture, School of Theater, Film and Television
Chicano Studies Research Center Chon Noriega Art, Art History, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Community Health Sciences, Education, English, History, Information Studies, Law, Management & Organizations, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese Anderson School of Management, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Division of Humanities, Division of Social Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Luskin School of Public Affairs, School of Law, School of Nursing, School of the Arts and Architecture, School of Theater, Film and Television
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Willeke Wendrich Anthropology, Architecture & Urban Design, Art History, Asian Languages & Cultures, Classics, Germanic Languages, Information Studies, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Division of Humanities, Division of Social Sciences, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, School of the Arts and Architecture
Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging Michael Phelps Biological Chemistry, Biomathematics - Medicine, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Medicine, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Division of Life Sciences
Institute for Research on Labor & Employment Abel Valenzuela, Jr. Anthropology, Asian Languages & Cultures, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Community Health Sciences, Economics, Environmental Health Sciences, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Law, Management & Organizations, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Planning Anderson School of Management, Division of Social Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, Luskin School of Public Affairs, School of Law
Latin American Institute Kevin Terraciano Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Community Health Sciences, Comparative Literature, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Economics, Education, Ethnomusicology, Film, Television & Digital Media, Gender Studies, Geography, Health Policy & Management, History, Information Studies, International Institute, Law, Linguistics, Management & Organizations, Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, Music, Musicology, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Social Welfare, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, Urban Planning, World Arts and Cultures/Dance Anderson School of Management, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Division of Humanities, Division of Life Sciences, Division of Social Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, Herb Alpert School of Music, Luskin School of Public Affairs, School of Law, School of Nursing, School of the Arts and Architecture, School of Theater, Film and Television
Molecular Biology Institute Luisa Iruela-Arispe Anesthesiology, Biological Chemistry, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Integrative Biology and Physiology, Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Oral Biology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, Physiology - Medicine, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, Psychology, Radiation Oncology, Surgery, Urology David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Division of Life Sciences, Division of Physical Sciences, Division of Social Sciences, School of Dentistry
Plasma Science & Technology Institute Troy Carter Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Physics & Astronomy Division of Physical Sciences, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies Kelly Lytle-Hernandez African American Studies, Anthropology, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Community Health Sciences, Education, English, Ethnomusicology, Film, Television & Digital Media, Gender Studies, Geography, Health Policy & Management, Law, Medicine, Neurobiology, Oral Biology, Political Science, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, Psychology, Public Policy, Social Welfare, Sociology David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Division of Humanities, Division of Social Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Herb Alpert School of Music, Luskin School of Public Affairs, School of Dentistry, School of Law, School of the Arts and Architecture, School of Theater, Film and Television
UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics & Proteomics Sabeeha Merchant Biological Chemistry, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Division of Life Sciences, Division of Physical Sciences, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science