University of Pittsburgh

Commitment to Research

Pitt is a major center for biomedical research

By many measures, the University of Pittsburgh is a leading center for academic research.

The University of Pittsburgh belongs to the American Association of Universities, an organization of 62 leading Public and Private Research Universities in the United States and Canada, founded in 1900.

Since 1998, the University of Pittsburgh has ranked among the top 10 recipients of NIH funding.

In FY 2015, according to an analysis of NIH funding, the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh ranks fifth in dollars awarded, with more than $475 million in total funding and more than 90 percent of this funding going o the School of Health Sciences. The faculty of the medical and public health schools also ranks fifth, with total NIH funding of more than $414 million.

In FY 2016, overall, the University of Pittsburgh spent approximately $727 million for research of all kinds; approximately 79 percent of this amount was for research in the health sciences. As a result of its success, the School of Medicine has invested significantly in new research infrastructure in disciplines like developmental, cellular, structural, and computational and systems biology and in faculty recruitment.

In 2016, US News and World Reports ranks the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as number 16 for Research in the United States.

The scope of research within the medical school ranges from fundamental biology to clinical translation.  Areas of research emphasis include drug discovery and design; cell signaling; transplantation immunology; tumor immunology, stem cell biology, regenerative medicine; cancer biology and therapy; virology; gene therapy; bioinformatics and computational biology; basic and clinical neuroscience; infectious disease; vaccine development; hemostasis and vascular biology; structural biology; developmental biology; and clinical trials management.

Pitt offers a large and varied biomedical research environment where students have many choices for thesis research.  Students should explore the websites of our graduate programs to obtain more detailed information about specific areas of research

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Associate Dean, Dr. Horn

Students choose PITT graduate programs because we offer outstanding opportunities to advance the frontiers of biomedical science and health care.”
John P. Horn, PhD
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