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Eldo Frezza, MD, MBA, FACS [Bio]
Assistant Dean of Research

Welcome to the Office of Research at California Northstate University College of Medicine (CNUCOM). Our mission is dedicated to cultivating a dynamic academic environment characterized by collaboration, innovation, and creativity.

A medical education program is most successful when there is an environment that fosters and promotes the student’s desire to intellectually challenge themselves and their inquisitive spirit by providing sufficient opportunities, encouragement, and support in their scholarly activities.

Student Research Committee

The Office of Research is pleased to announce the launch of the Student Research Committee (SRC). This is a student run committee with the guidance of CNUCOM Faculty; under the Office of Research. This will be in addition to the Faculty Research Committee and there will be collaboration opportunities across both committees.

The goal of the SRC is to provide students with more opportunities in research and a platform for students to work with one another and CNUCOM Faculty. The SRC will also help guide the students in their research projects starting from ideation to the final product (Abstracts/Presentation).

A monthly meeting will be held between the supervising CNUCOM Faculty and students to discuss their progress and any complications they have come across.

Upon the student’s request, they will have the opportunity to present their research in progress during the CNUCOM Faculty Research in Progress Series (RIPS), starting on August 30th, 2023. This will provide students with experience in practicing their presentation skills in front of peers and faculties.


Following the LCME survey visit in 2021, CNUCOM has made significant enhancements to facilities and equipment, providing more opportunities for basic science and applied research for both students and faculty. Initial investments in infrastructure since the survey visit focused on the areas of cell biology, virology, translational research, 3-D printing applications, animal facilities, simulation, and anatomy.

Intramural Seed Grants

We restarted the intramural grants originally introduced in 2018, increasing amount each year, for faculties to aid in establishing their research projects with CNUCOM students. Many of our students have published articles alongside our faculty utilizing the intramural grants.

CNUCOM continuously collaborates with other medical centers throughout the greater Sacramento County and Northern California to provide our students with various opportunities for research and scholarly achievements.