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Assembly Rewired

A Pitt team works to decode weak links in viral replication. The goal? To uncover potential therapeutic targets that would disrupt the replication cycle and inhibit viral infection. Read More »

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 »
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How Symmetry Arises

Once you start noticing it, you see symmetry everywhere in our world. Pitt researchers have figured out one way that vertebrate symmetry gets started. Read More »
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Making Gene Therapy Click

People in the know think Leah Byrne’s gene-editing breakthroughs will eventually cure blindness and other diseases of the nervous system. 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 »

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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 »