Research

'Stink Creek' No More

A study by Pitt hydrologist Dan Bain shows that the restoration of Pittsburgh's Nine Mile Run, formerly derided as "Stink Creek," can serve as a model for other cities to follow in detoxifying urban streams. Read More »

A Doctor with 'High Touch'

School of Medicine professor Daniel Kietz, pictured checking a young patient's muscle strength and coordination, is a leading member of one of the country's most robust pediatric rheumatology programs. Read More »

Blindingly Fast Beetle

When tiger beetles chase prey, they run so fast they can't focus on where they're going. Research by Pitt's Daniel Zurek on the bugs' predatory behavior reveals a novel visual mechanism. Read More »

Attacking Sickle Cell Disease

West Africa's Ewe people called the disease "body chewing" because its symptoms are so painful. Those with sickled red blood cells face many health challenges, but a group of Pitt docs is determined to improve their lives. Read More »

Reading is More Complicated Than You Might Think

As we read, our brains process the combinations of letters we see into sounds that an inner voice pronounces. The brains of people with dyslexia have trouble recognizing letter combinations that make certain sounds, and their inner voice stumbles on pronunciation. Read More »
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  • 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

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 report.

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.

 

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.

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.

Laboratories

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