Severe End of the Spectrum

Pitt faculty at the Merck Inpatient Unit offer a calm in the storm for families in crisis. Merck staff develop strategies to deter self-injury and aggression by children, teens, and adults on the severe end of the autism spectrum. Read More »

Genetic Vulnerability

Pitt research shows how marine mammals, as they evolved, lost the ability to defend against a popular modern pesticide. Read More »

Saving Lives In Flight

Giving plasma to trauma patients with severe bleeding during air transport saves lives, Pitt-led research finds. Read More »

Sticking It to Disease

Once upon a time, people were vaccinated with a medicated scratch. Now, Pitt's Louis Falo has big plans for skin pricks. Read More »

Irons in the Fire

Cells die—that’s just part of life. But there’s always a reason. Pitt scientists are figuring out how to keep programmed cell death in check. 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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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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From a gleaming hub for biomedical a Wyoming ranch rich in dinosaur a center for sustainable innovation, Pitt research buildings, labs, and libraries facilitate discovery and innovation. Tour the Labs »