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

Human brain tunes into visual rhythms in sign language

May 26, 2017—UChicago scholars designed an experiment using sign language to tell whether neural entrainment is specialized for spoken language.

UChicago-led NASA balloon mission launches, with goal of breaking flight record

May 25, 2017—Prof. Angela Olinto hopes telescope will help unravel mysteries of cosmic rays

Study on how rats process smell may address issue of experiment reproducibility

May 17, 2017— A study finds that disagreement on how rats process odors may be due to overlooked differences in experimental design.

Jeffrey Hubbell honored for landmark biomaterials research

May 9, 2017—Jeffrey Hubbell, the Barry L. MacLean Professor of Molecular Engineering Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Chicago, recently received the Society for Biomaterials’ 2017 Founders Award, the organization’s top honor, given for “long-term, landmark contributions to the discipline of biomaterials.”

DNA fingerprinting reveals how malaria hides from immune system

May 4, 2017—A study involving more than 600 children living in southeast Gabon found that each infected child in one small African village had a different strain of the malaria parasite—and a distinctly different set of the up to 60 genes that the human immune system focuses on to detect and control this infection.