Research

Keeping an Eye on AI

Engineering researcher Ervin Sejdic studies the rapidly evolving technology and potential applications of artificial intelligence in machines, whether in health sciences or self-driving vehicles. Read More »
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Assembly Rewired

A Pitt team works to decode weak links in viral replication. The goal? To uncover potential therapeutic targets that would disrupt the replication cycle and inhibit viral infection. Read More »
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How Symmetry Arises

Once you start noticing it, you see symmetry everywhere in our world. Pitt researchers have figured out one way that vertebrate symmetry gets started. Read More »
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Making Gene Therapy Click

People in the know think Leah Byrne’s gene-editing breakthroughs will eventually cure blindness and other diseases of the nervous system. Read More »

Personal Best

Pitt is poised to become home base for human performance optimization — helping people to function at their best even under the most challenging circumstances. Read More »
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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, read the University's Excellence in Research (PDF) report, and visit the Pitt Office of Science Education Outreach's How Science Works site.

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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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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.

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Laboratories

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