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We are on the threshold of amazing scientific discoveries that promise greater progress than ever before. As we enter the post genome era, we strive to discover new biomedical knowledge to help us understand the molecular basis of human disease and develop the next generation of therapeutic agents.

We use the modern tools of functional genomics (bioinformatics, gene array, proteomics and unique animal models of human disease) to pursue these answers at the level of genes and gene products

Our research enterprise at the University of Cincinnati is immense. Faculty members from all departments, centers of excellence and institutes in the College of Medicine, and from laboratories across the entire UC Academic Health Center, mentor over 150 undergraduate student researchers each summer.

Ongoing research features nearly any area of biomedical investigation you can think of – some of our biggest research areas include cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, cancer, neuroscience and neurodegenerative disorders, developmental disorders, metabolic disorders and immunobiology and infectious diseases.

Our SURF programs request that you indicate what type of research you are interested in. This is mainly to help us place you with a laboratory. You will be asked to describe the areas of biomedical research that interest you, and to list one or more specific faculty members at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with whom you would like to work.

Research Priority Areas

The College of Medicine has identified certain areas of biomedical research as being of particular priority to our research enterprise, both for their predominance in our overall research enterprise, as well as for being important areas of future investment. As a result, there are investigators working in these research priority areas within just about each and every department in the college of medicine.

While some of our summer programs, as described in the pages that follow, offer opportunities in very specific areas of research, you will find that nearly all of our summer programs can offer you an opportunity to participate in research in the following areas:

  • Cancer Biology
  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Pulmonary Biology
  • Immunobiology
  • Neuroscience, Neurology
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal & Epithelial Biology
  • Developmental & Neonatal Biology
  • Environmental Health
  • Molecular Genetics


Contact Us

Office of
Graduate Education

Medical Sciences Building
Suite 1055
231 Albert Sabin Way
PO Box 670548
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0548

Mail Location: 0548
Phone: 513-558-5626