From the origins of diseases to their impact on public health, our scientists are making discoveries that move medicine forward.
Washington University School of Medicine has an outstanding history of biomedical research in an environment that cultivates the best minds in science and medicine.
Global force in research
As one of the largest recipients of NIH funding for research and training, Washington University School of Medicine is among the nation’s most dynamic and robust research enterprises. The majority of awards in fiscal year 2016 funded research in cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease and genomics. Grants and contracts totaling more than $624.3 million supported faculty research in FY2018. See the Washington University Annual Research Report for additional funding details.
Our medical students seize the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty, who mentor students during summer and year-long research projects. Though research is not required, 95% of our medical students – most of whom are preparing for specialties in clinical practice – complete a research project while working on their MD. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranks Washington University School of Medicine among the nation’s top medical schools for research.
Training tomorrow’s scientists
In addition to research opportunities for medical students, many students choose WashU for the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) or one of eleven PhD programs in biology and biomedical sciences.
We are committed to investing in basic science research, the driving force for most medical breakthroughs. Our physicians and scientists collaborate to quickly and effectively translate new research discoveries into tools, methods and treatments that will start benefitting patients.
“Answers can’t be found in a single day, overnight, when the problem happens. Scientists are working day and night, for years, all together, to gain understanding about our bodies and about our health.”
Indira Mysorekar, PhD, Ob/Gyn researcher
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History of innovation
Eighteen Nobel Laureates are associated with Washington University School of Medicine. Our scientists have pushed their fields to new discoveries, including developments in genomics and genetic testing, personalized medicine, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease, imaging, brain mapping, organ transplants and more.
At this a critical moment in science and medicine, you can make a difference. Washington University seeks diverse students, scientists and practitioners who will join us in seizing opportunities and overcoming challenges to improve the health and lives of people around the world.