Research Focus Areas

As part of our strategic plan, the School of Medicine engaged its faculty and leadership to identify research focus areas that were cross-cutting, not disease or organ specific, aligned with strategic scientific priorities for federal funding, and where we can and should be nationally prominent. That strategic engagement identified five focus areas for research:

Precision Medicine

Reshaping the way we think about human health, diagnosis and treatment of disease.


Expanding our understanding and use of data to strengthen patient care, research and education.

Basic Science Discovery

Investing in high risk/high reward biomedical research to revolutionize science.

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity

Building unified, interdisciplinary programs in inflammation-based fundamental and clinical research.

Population Health, Health Disparities & Outcomes Effectiveness Research

Informing research questions, disseminating knowledge and implementing evidence-based practice.