UC Irvine oncologist Dr. Randall Holcombe has been appointed as the associate vice chancellor for research. In this position, Holcombe will oversee research compliance in all aspects of campus research programs, including human and animal subjects, stem cell research and issues related to conflict of interest. A professor of medicine and chief of hematology/oncology with UC Irvine Healthcare, Holcombe is director of clinical research for the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and the School of Medicine’s Office of Clinical Research and Trials. He also runs his own laboratory research into cancer immunology and clinical studies on natural compounds that may prevent colon cancer. Holcombe will assume his new role Jan. 1, 2008.