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

How many senses do we have? Teju Cole says the answer is complicated

April 11, 2019—Teju Cole challenged the traditional concept of the senses on April 8, during the first of three public lectures at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts. The acclaimed writer and photographer introduced two wrinkles: That there are anywhere from nine to 21 senses, depending on how you categorize receptors; and that our senses are not distinct, often blending into each other to inform our perception of the world.

Repurposing older drugs could raise new hope for breast cancer treatment

April 11, 2019— The lack of better medicines for triple negative cancers, which disproportionately affects women who are younger, of African descent or mutations in the BRCA1 gene, prompted a team of researchers to look for novel drug targets and new ways to disrupt disease-causing pathways. In the process, they found a pair of new weapons, two seasoned drugs that, when tested in mice, produced encouraging results.

New ‘lab-on-a-chip’ can test thousands of stem cells simultaneously

April 9, 2019—Researchers with the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago have developed a new “lab-on-a-chip” that can examine thousands of individual live cells over a weeklong period, performing experiments that would take more than 1 million steps in a laboratory.

Breakthrough could enable infrared cameras for electronics, self-driving cars

April 7, 2019—A new breakthrough by scientists with the University of Chicago, however, may one day lead to much more cost-effective infrared cameras—which in turn could enable infrared cameras for common consumer electronics like phones, as well as sensors to help autonomous cars see their surroundings more accurately.

Glacier ‘tree rings’ could hold clues for planet’s future

April 6, 2019—UChicago scientist drills into Taylor Glacier to understand previous climate changes. Ice samples could help scientists flesh out our picture of the chain reactions that happen when the climate warms.