Master Mind

Why would Pitt philosopher Nicholas Rescher construct a 17-century machine? The answer lies in an alchemy of mathematics, philosophy, and two roving minds separated by time. Read More »

'Go to Pittsburgh'

Legend has it, the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute started in a janitor's closet. Thirty years on, its researchers are changing how we understand, treat, and prevent cancer. Read More »

Impoverished Cells

At a cellular level, people in have-not neighborhoods age faster than people in well-to-do neighborhoods, Pitt's Mijung Park discovers. Read More »

Out of Sync

Pitt researchers are bringing to light the role of circadian rhythms in reward seeking, decision making, and mood disorders. Read More »

The Phoenix Vessel

Can living arteries arise from a synthetic polymer? That's a question being explored by a small team of graduate students and faculty members. Pitt's Innovation Challenge is helping them, and others, to take risks and solve big challenges in health care. 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 »