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

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.


World Cup Fever: Study Shows Group Fervor Stems from Shared Experiences

The 2014 World Cup has captured the attention of billions of viewers around the globe. New research from UT suggests that it is the shared attention that makes these games so emotionally compelling. Assistant Professor Garriy Shteynberg and Associate Professor Jeff Larsen from the Department of Psychology conducted the study, which showed that emotional events are more intense when viewed simultaneously with other group members.


Students Selected for Summer Research Experience at National Institute

Three UT students have been selected by the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, or NIMBioS, for its highly competitive Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates and Teachers currently underway on campus.


UT, NIMBioS Research Sheds Light on Marine Viruses Role in Phosphorus Cycle

A study on marine viruses and their implication for marine biogeochemical cycles by a group of UT- and NIMBioS-associated researchers holds promise for further understanding the quantitative role that marine viruses play in the storage and recycling of dissolved organic carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus.


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