Research

We conduct research that matters.

As a premier, research-extensive institution, our students—undergraduate and graduate—delve further into subjects they may have only dreamed about.

The nuclear engineering department’s ties with industry allow students to implement and evaluate new technologies in a real-world environment at TVA, Duke Energy Company, Electricité de France, and many more. The department has climbed from the twelfth-ranked program in US News and World Report to the fifth-ranked in just four years, and research is one of the reasons.

In architecture and engineering, our researchers are working on innovations in zero-energy housing and other areas of ecologically sustainable design.

Using a supercomputer at UT's National Institute of Computational Sciences, a team of researchers is modeling the biophysics of red blood cells to understand their behavior in the spleen, with the aim of finding cures to diseases.

We're also looking at what impacts the lives of species around the world. The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) and the Center for Wildlife Health are investigating the cause of amphibian declines and extinctions.

But our collaborations are in no way limited to science.

At the Marco Institute, faculty and students draw upon the center’s rich library resources to advance scholarship in medieval and Renaissance history, art, literature, and music. American history specialists curate the papers of presidents Andrew Jackson and James Polk. Center for Social Justice scholars are tackling the tough questions about health care disparities and immigration.

From improving mental health and education to economics and taxation efficiencies, our work impacts people, places, and industries throughout the world.

Research News

UTRF Makes Top 100 Universities List for New US Patents

The UT Research Foundation was listed among the world's top universities for producing new US utility patents. UTRF ranked eightieth, ahead of Emory, Yale, and Princeton.


Center Receives $20,000 for Construction Safety Research

A UT center dedicated to construction safety research to reduce injuries and fatalities has received $20,000 to further its work.


NICS Supercomputer Helps Recreate Universe’s Evolution

An international team of researchers used resources at UT's National Institute for Computational Sciences to develop components that would serve as the basis for "Illustris," the most ambitious simulation of galaxy formation ever done. Illustris allows one to journey back and see in high detail our universe twelve million years after the Big Bang and then watch the cosmos evolve over a period of 13.8 billion years.


Trees: Nature’s Water Filter? UT Study Hopes to Prove So

For their ideas in answering a challenge issued by the US Department of Agriculture, a team lead by UT was recently awarded a federal grant of more than $200,000. The project, "Storm Water Goes Green: Investigating the Benefit and Health of Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure Installations," is a multidisciplinary effort coordinated with North Carolina State University to study the impact of trees on storm water management.


Supercomputer Research Sheds Light on Red Blood Cell Function in Spleen

Using the Darter supercomputer at UT's National Institute of Computational Sciences, a team of researchers is modeling the biophysics of red blood cells to understand their behavior in the spleen, with the aim of finding cures to diseases.


Study Predicts Ranavirus as Potential New Culprit in Amphibian Extinctions

Amphibian declines and extinctions around the world have been linked to an emerging fungal disease called chytridiomycosis, but new research from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and the Center for Wildlife Health at UT shows that another pathogen, ranavirus, may also contribute.


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