Research

Education at the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) takes place within a vital and growing research community, internationally known for its remarkable basic science, translational, and clinical research. TUSM has one of the richest concentrations of health sciences research programs in the world, sharing its Boston campus with Tufts Medical Center, the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Science, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, the School of Dental Medicine and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. All of these are research-rich learning environments. Our collegial, interdisciplinary environment enriches the experiences of all of our students and offers a number of opportunities for participation in hands-on research.

Exceptional Faculty

At TUSM, our students work alongside faculty who are tuned in to the latest developments in biomedical research and how that knowledge will affect patient care in the future. Active researchers themselves, our professors have made groundbreaking discoveries in bench, translational, and clinical studies in highly specialized areas, including neurological disorders, infectious diseases, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

Through our many clinical affiliates, students also have opportunities to conduct research with faculty at some of the best hospitals in the country. Spanning clinical sites across New England, our affiliates include such well-respected institutions as Tufts Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center, and Maine Medical Center among others.

An Active, Interdisciplinary Research Climate

Classified as a university with “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation, TUSM offers a vibrant, interdisciplinary research focus across many departments and programs. 

Our neuroscientists focus on key areas including work on memory, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. Infectious disease experts are studying important pathogens that are responsible for new and emerging diseases. And in the ongoing fight against cancer and cardiovascular disease, TUSM partners closely with Tufts Medical Center (TMC) to investigate pressing contemporary questions about these deadly illnesses.

TUSM is also one of 60 medical institutions across the nation to house a Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), funded by a CTSI Award from the National Institute of Health (NIH). The Institute identifies, stimulates, and expedites innovative clinical and translational research, with the goal of improving health. It link scientists and scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including those in medicine, public health, and biomedical research with clinical investigators, policy makers, and industry and community leaders to cultivate collaboration and innovation.