Breakthroughs Happen Here
Groundbreakers come to the University of Pittsburgh to find answers and ask bold new questions. A research powerhouse by any measure, we are consistently among the top U.S. institutions for National Institutes of Health funding. Here, you’ll find students diving into research in their first term. The prerequisites? Curiosity, a solid work ethic, and a sense of purpose.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Pitt empowers faculty members and students to innovate, create businesses and transform society and their own careers.
Undergrads can begin conducting hands-on research with expert faculty members as early as their first year at Pitt.
The University's libraries stand at the center of intellectual life on campus. Pitt is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries.
Here, progress is always in progress.
Pitt people are developing cures and therapies for diseases, working with communities to battle the opioid epidemic, supporting small businesses, and building the future of advanced manufacturing—among many other contributions.Research News
$1B+ in Research
PA Economic Impact $4.2B
83+ Companies in Five Years
No. 11 in NIH Funding
4 MacArthur 'Genius' Awards
5 National Medal of Science Winners
8 National Academy of Sciences Members
Cells Need to Talk—but Not Too Much
Pitt physicists break down how cells communicate.
Why Do Galaxies Stop Making Stars?
A huge collision in space provides new clues, Pitt researchers find.
Pitt Researchers Pull 700,000 Years of Glacial History from an Andean Lakebed
It’s the longest-ever glacier record for the tropics, and it could help scientists better understand modern-day climate change.
Saving Patients Who Had Run Out of Options
Bacteria-killing viruses discovered by Pitt researchers are saving patients with deadly infections that were unresponsive to antibiotics.
Adding Sense of Touch Improves Control of Robotic Arm
In a paper published in the journal Science, a team of bioengineers from the University of Pittsburgh Rehab Neural Engineering Labs describes how adding brain stimulation that evokes tactile sensations makes it easier for the operator to manipulate a brain-controlled robotic arm.
Pitt Research Spaces
Located in Pittsburgh’s Bakery Square business park, the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) is dedicated to improving the mobility and function of people with disabilities.
The Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (PLE) is a year-round facility on the shores Pymatuning Lake that is part of Pitt's Department of Biological Sciences.
The Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) is composed of the Vaccine Research Laboratory and the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory. The CVR engages a cross-section of scientists in infectious disease research.
The Nanoscale Fabrication and Characterization Facility (NFCF) is supported by the integrated, multidisciplinary organization, the Gertrude E. and John M. Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering.
Research conducted by the center’s sports medicine specialists—including Pitt professors—helps to develop better methods of treating and preventing sports-related injuries and diseases.
The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine is a facility for leading scientists and clinical faculty working in the areas of tissue engineering, cellular therapies, and artificial and biohybrid organ devices.