Co-evolution's Witness

Understanding how genes co-evolve in animals could reveal links between human diseases. Read More »

Do Sparks Fly for Sparky?

We love our dogs, but do they love us back? The Pitt Pulse, the University's student-run science magazine, looks at research on the human-canine connection. Read More »

SAD But Not Untreatable

A Pitt professor talks about seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and other seasonal mood disorders, and how they can be treated. Read More »

The Biology Behind Infertility

What causes infertility in humans? C elegans, a primitive worm, might offer some answers. Read More »

  • 4 winners of MacArthur Foundation “genius” awards

    5 National Medal of Science winners

    7 National Academy of Sciences members

  • 1st critical care medicine department in the U.S.

    $760M in federally funded research annually

    1st DNA bank to share data among colleagues

  • 5th among U.S. medical schools in NIH funding

    1st in National Institute of Mental Health funding

    7th in federally financed R&D funding

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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 and read the University's Excellence in Research (PDF) report.

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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 new center for sustainable innovation, Pitt research buildings, labs, and libraries facilitate discovery and innovation. Tour the Labs »