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

Study of microbes reveals new insight about Earth’s geology and carbon cycles

January 13, 2017—Tiny microbes play a big role in cycling carbon and other key elements through our air, water, soil and sediment. Not only do microbes capture and release carbon, contributing to a cycle that is central to life on Earth, they also release compounds that can change existing minerals and form new ones — in turn shaping the geology of the world around us.

Visualizing the invisible

January 9, 2017—Far beyond the realm of the visible, trillions of neutrinos rush through us every second and leave without a trace. Even large instruments for detecting these elusive particles have to be built with incredible sensitivity to be able to see them.

Universal flu vaccines could offer key benefits over seasonal shots

January 5, 2017—Universal vaccines that protect against multiple strains of influenza (flu) virus at once could offer substantial advantages over conventional seasonal flu vaccines, when deployed on a large scale in the human population, according to research published in PLOS Computational Biology.

Large-scale tornado outbreaks increasing in frequency, study finds

January 4, 2017—The frequency of large-scale tornado outbreaks is increasing in the United States, particularly when it comes to the most extreme events, according to research recently published in Science.

Understanding causes of neurological abnormalities in premature birth

January 3, 2017—In the February issue of the American Journal of Pathology, new research from the University of Chicago shows motor abnormalities frequently associated with low birth weight babies could originate due to peripheral nerve defects.