Research

DNA’s Dark Matter Comes to Light

Pitt's Anne-Ruxandra Carvunis studies the parts of DNA that were once thought to be junk. What she found there overturned a fundamental assumption of cellular biology. Read More »

Nature 2.0 — Now With More Amino Acids!

CRISPR-Cas9, that darling of science headlines, is not immune to off-target effects. Alex Deiters creates new amino acids to give scientists more control. Read More »

Voyages Fantastic, or 20,000 Views of Your Kidney

Scientists at Pitt's Center for Biologic Imaging are scanning entire organs in 3-D, at the cellular level, seeing things no one had seen before. Read More »

Part of the Crowd

Engineers at Pitt's Human Bioengineering Research Laboratories are working toward a world where people with disabilities participate in all aspects of society. Read More »

Making Precision Medicine a Reality

Pitt and UPMC help launch what is expected to be the largest registry of research study volunteers in medical science history. Read More »
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Research Making a Difference

Pitt people beat polio, pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, and turned Pittsburgh into the world's organ-transplantation capital, among other breakthroughs. Today's Pitt researchers carry on that tradition in areas ranging from literary criticism to the quest for quantum computers. Learn how Pitt research makes a difference, read the University's Excellence in Research (PDF) report, and visit the Pitt Office of Science Education Outreach's How Science Works site.

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Major Areas of Interdisciplinary Research

With 16 schools, thriving multidisciplinary centers, and close ties to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pitt research reaches across disciplines. Pitt researchers also collaborate with colleagues from 80-plus other universities—including nearby Carnegie Mellon University—and corporate partners near Pitt's urban campus. The following are multidisciplinary research areas where Pitt is a current or emerging leader.

 

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Undergraduate Research

As members of a top public research university, Pitt undergraduates can engage in research, scholarship, and creative projects with faculty members who are leaders in their fields. Read more about undergraduate research opportunities.

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Libraries

Pitt's libraries include the University Library System, the 22nd-largest academic library system in the United States; the Health Sciences Library System, which supports the educational, research, clinical, and service activities of Pitt's schools of the health sciences; and the Barco Law Library, which primarily serves the students and faculty of Pitt's School of Law.

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Laboratories

From a gleaming hub for biomedical research...to a Wyoming ranch rich in dinosaur fossils...to a center for sustainable innovation, Pitt research buildings, labs, and libraries facilitate discovery and innovation. Tour the Labs »