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About the Office of Research

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is a community-based academic health center and a tertiary referral center that has a rich tradition of supporting excellence in basic, clinical and translational research. UTHSC faculty and staff receive over $100 million in external funding annually for research and sponsored programs. A record of significant accomplishments exists in the fields of diabetes, lipoproteins, hypertension, neurosciences, cardiovascular physiology, childhood oncology, immunology, infectious disease and vaccine development, pharmacological sciences, preventive medicine, health disparities, and outcomes research. Endowed professorships and continuing relationships with Memphis-area health care facilities like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare ensure that both basic science and applied clinical research stay focused on contemporary health topics. Non-clinical health care policy studies and related public health issues also are important to campus researchers.

Virtually all extramurally funded research is conducted in facilities that have either been constructed or extensively renovated within the past 15 years. Some highlights include:

  • A completely renovated 90,000 SF Microbiology and Biochemistry laboratory in the Molecular Sciences Building
  • completion of over 87,000 SF in the new Link Building and Wittenborg Building for the Department of Anatomy and the Neuroscience Center of Excellence
  • a new 101,000 SF Cancer Research Building (opened in 2007) with state-of-the-art laboratories, faculty offices, auditorium, meeting rooms, and a vivarium
  • a 38,000 SF Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, funded from a $17.7 million NIH construction grant, (completed in 2009) whose specialized research laboratory facilities are a regional resource for research on infectious diseases and emergency preparedness efforts
  • a new 184,000 SF Pharmacy Building (opened in 2011) that houses faculty offices, laboratories, meeting rooms, and state-of-the-art classrooms,  and expanded research capabilities
  • a 140,000 SF Translational Science Research Building that houses faculty offices, laboratories, meeting rooms, the Molecular Resource Center and a vivarium.

The Office of Research manages nine institutionally supported and subsidized core facilities located on the UTHSC campus, including the Lab Animal Care Unit, the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, the Molecular Resource Center, the Molecular Bioinformatics Core, the Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Core, the Proteomics & Metabolomics Core, the Research Histology Core, the Medicinal Chemistry Core and the Advanced Imaging  Core. These core facilities serve investigators based at UTHSC, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, the Regional One Medical Center and the University of Memphis (the greater Memphis area), as well as several external customers from around the U.S. and the world.

The research environment in Memphis and surrounding areas presents ample opportunity for innovative contributions in basic, clinical and translational research. The population of Shelby County, where the UTHSC Memphis campus is located, is over one million; however, the UTHSC- affiliated teaching hospitals, which include more than 7,000 beds and 2,000 physicians, serve a population of more than three million people from counties in the five states contiguous to West Tennessee. The demographic composition of our environment and the vast clinical resources augur well for the development and growth of innovative patient-centered research with clinical and translational focus.

Last Published: May 14, 2021