Research

With a commitment to free and open inquiry, our scholars take an interdisciplinary approach to research that spans arts to engineering, medicine to education. Their work transforms the way we understand the world, advancing fields of study, and often creating new ones. Generating new knowledge for the benefit of present and future generations, UChicago research has had an impact around the globe, leading to such breakthroughs as discovering the link between cancer and genetics, establishing revolutionary theories of economics, and developing tools to produce reliably excellent urban schooling.

Research News

Earliest-known arboreal and subterranean ancestral mammals discovered

February 16, 2015—The fossils of two interrelated ancestral mammals, newly discovered in China, suggest that the wide-ranging ecological diversity of modern mammals had a precedent more than 160 million years ago.

UChicago-MBL collaborations combine research strengths in new ways

February 13, 2015—The cunning camouflage tactics of the cuttlefish, a relative of the squid, are being decoded using cutting-edge machine learning techniques at the University of Chicago as part of the affiliation with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.

Ancient ‘genomic parasites’ spurred evolution of pregnancy in mammals

February 9, 2015—An international team of scientists has identified large-scale genetic changes that marked the evolution of pregnancy in mammals.

University of Chicago Medicine opens Heart and Vascular Center

February 9, 2015—The University of Chicago Medicine has launched the Heart and Vascular Center, which combines resources from three clinical specialties to meet the growing needs of patients seeking cardiovascular care in a highly coordinated setting.

Economists recommend paying college athletes

February 6, 2015—The current compensation arrangement for big-time college athletics is inefficient, inequitable and very likely unsustainable, according to a new study by economists from the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University. The article concludes that an evolution to a competitive labor market with fewer restrictions on pay for top athletes may be inevitable, though the transition will be difficult.