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

UChicago receives $2.4 million grant to build implants that could help restore vision

February 8, 2017—The University of Chicago Medicine has been awarded a $2.4 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a system of wireless brain implants that might restore partial vision to people who have lost their sight.

Mapping genetic modifications to understand cancer

February 6, 2017—Chuan He, PhD, and colleagues study how modifications, such as methylation, to RNA can lead to changes in how genes are expressed and, ultimately, result in disease.

Prof. Thomas Gajewski honored for pioneering cancer research

February 3, 2017—The National Cancer Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded an Outstanding Investigator Award to Prof. Thomas Gajewski. The award supports scientists who demonstrate remarkable productivity in cancer research and guarantees $600,000 in direct costs per year for seven years.

New method improves accuracy of imaging systems

February 3, 2017—New research provides scientists looking at single molecules or into deep space a more accurate way to analyze imaging data captured by microscopes, telescopes and other devices.

UChicago startup aims to predict behavior of trillions of microorganisms

January 31, 2017—Gusto Global, a University of Chicago startup, is working to better predict the behavior of the trillions of microorganisms living inside the human body and harness them to treat disease.