top medical research

Our research ranges from investigating the innermost workings of cells to analyzing health data at a population level.

Searching for answers to who is susceptible to disease, and why

At the University of Minnesota Medical School, our faculty work to untangle today’s biggest medical challenges and understand the underlying science behind them. In partnership with many biomedical and health science specialists across the University, we’re leading the way to new treatments and methods of preventive care.

Our commitment to research:

  • Allows us to attract the best and brightest students and faculty
  • Results in discoveries that change people’s lives and redefine the way health care is delivered
  • Creates jobs and fuels a thriving biomedical industry in Minnesota and beyond
  • Provides a cutting-edge learning environment, making the University of Minnesota a leader in educating the next generation of top-notch medical professionals.

Our research strengths and expertise

Nurtured by funds, facilities, partnerships, and technologies, our researchers make major breakthroughs in medicine that affect us all. The University of Minnesota Medical School demonstrates excellence in a wide range of research topics. These are particular areas of strength and focus across the school.

Research ethics at the University of Minnesota

We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.

Participate in a study

By participating in clinical trial research, you can help us uncover breakthroughs that will improve care and outcomes for future generations.

Donate your body to medical science

You can contribute to research and education by gifting your remains through the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Anatomy Bequest Program.

Give to research

Your financial support can change lives.

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Student research opportunities

Student Research Opportunities

Medical students are encouraged to think critically and engage in research that will impact and guide their future careers. From working in Africa on HIV/AIDS to quality improvement for Minnesota hospitals, our students have a range of options for getting involved in academic medicine.

Explore student research opportunities

Resources for researchers


Our researchers have substantial support: state-of-the-art facilities, extensive funding opportunities, a collaborative work environment, and outstanding research support services.

Biomedical Discovery District—Academic Health Center researchers working side by side in world-class, modern facilities that foster collaboration

Experts@MN—Find a research collaborator by searching topics and profiles generated through the Scopus © publication database

Research Toolkit from CTSI—Research tools, templates, information, and guidance developed by a wide range of sources, from University organizations to federal agencies 

Bio-Medical Library—Researcher support, instruction and reference services, and strong collections

University offices: Clinical and Translational Science Institute | Office of the Vice President for Research | Institutional Review Board

Find more resources for researchers

Centers and institutes

Centers and institutes

In addition to our academic departments and programs, the Medical School is home to a number of interdisciplinary centers and institutes focused on research and outreach.

List of centers and institutes 

Collaborating on research


Our researchers, educators, and medical professionals thrive in an environment at the Medical School where cross-discipline teamwork is valued, encouraged, and rewarded—leading the way to discovering the treatments of tomorrow.

How we collaborate on research 

Recognizing our researchers


Our researchers are leaders in their field. Here are some of the ways we recognize faculty research excellence: