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 »

New Halogenation Enzyme

Chemical biologist Xinyu Liu and his team have discovered an important enzyme that accomplishes an extraordinary feat in chemical science. The discovery is expected to impact pharmaceutical and agriculture industries. Read More »

Why Can Learning New Skills Be So Difficult?

New findings by (from left) Pitt's Aaron Batista and Patrick Sadtler and Carnegie Mellon's Byron Yu could lead to better treatments for stroke and other brain injuries. 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 »

Too Many Deer

Why is non-native garlic mustard crowding out indigenous plants in American forests? Blame the overpopulation of deer. Read More »

Great Expectations

For 40 years, Angela Gronenborn has tackled fundamental questions about the proteins that power all biological processes. At Pitt, she's built a department of like-minded investigators and equipped them with the tools to drive discovery. 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

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.


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.


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 »