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Research in the College of Medicine

Research is one of the core missions of the College of Medicine. The UTHSC centers and institutes excel at furthering the public health across our state, nation, and the world. The College of Medicine is affiliated with 12 centers and institutes.

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Regional Biocontainment Lab

The University of Tennessee Health Sciences (UTHSC) Regional Biocontainment Lab provides state-of-the-art Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) and Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL-3) containment laboratories. The UTHSC RBL staff are available to perform collaborative or contracted research studies for academic and biotechnology researchers from UT and externally.

Learn more about the RBL

Plough Center

Plough Center

The Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Systems started over 50 years ago to educate and train students and professionals in sterile product preparation, develop a basis for research into parenteral medications, and provide service to the pharmaceutical industry and others.

Learn more about the Plough Center

Cancer Center

Center for Cancer Research

The mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for Cancer Research is to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans and the global community by fostering integrated, collaborative, and inclusive education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care, and public service in the area of cancer.

Learn more about the Center for Cancer Research


Research Institutes are comprised of faculty from multiple Colleges, and often multiple campuses within UTHSC, and may include other institutions and industry partners. These institutes are housed in UTHSC's Office of Research.

Explore UTHSC's Institutes

The College of Medicine is home to multiple centers which bring together faculty, from across the College of Medicine, with shared research interests and activities. These centers span the state of Tennessee, the United States, and the globe in efforts to impact health and wellness.

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Clinical trials are an important part of the College of Medicine research enterprise, since these are the studies that directly test the safety and efficacy of new treatments in human patients.

Explore UTHSC's Clinical Trials Research Resources

At UTHSC, graduate research training is coordinate by and administered by the College of Graduate Health Sciences. However, opportunities are available for research training at all levels ranging from students to postdoctoral fellows and beyond.

Research faculty in the UTHSC College of Medicine are appointed throughout many of our different departments. Some of our faculty are associated with Institutes, which include groups of faculty members, from across the different Colleges and campuses of UTHSC, with shared research interests and activities. If you are considering research training in the College of Medicine, you are welcome and encouraged to reach out to those faculty members whose research programs are of interest to you. 

Sep 6, 2023