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Research is fundamental to the mission of the University of Illinois Chicago and to the success of its faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and clinical researchers. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research advances and safeguards all research at UIC to facilitate the discoveries that change the world.

Joanna Groden, Ph.D.  |  Vice Chancellor for Research

OVCR Facts

  • # 4 Ranking in sponsored research among Hispanic-Serving Institutions -Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) Survey

  • $ 446 M For the third consecutive year, UIC's sponsored awards reached a record amount

  • 3,500 Research Projects in FY21

UIC Research Highlights

Dr. Hemley headshot

Russell Hemley’s research cuts across physics, chemistry and planetary science through an exploration of the nature of materials under extreme pressure and temperature environments. The National Academy of Sciences member and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has played a key role in bringing grants to UIC that support the next generation of scientists and underrepresented students.

Learn more about the Hemley Lab

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The University Scholars Program, now in its 36th year, honors faculty members for superior research and teaching, along with great promise for future achievements. The award provides $15,000 a year for three years.

Eben Alsberg
Richard and Loan Hill Chair
Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Pharmacology and Regenerative Medicine, and Orthopaedics

Learn more about the Alsberg Lab

Dr. Arden Handler sitting in her office

Arden Handler
Professor, Community Health Sciences
Director, Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

Learn more about Dr. Handler’s research

headshot of Dr. Reza Shahbazian-Yassar at a microscope

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar
Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Civil and Materials Engineering

Learn more about the Nano Engineering Lab


MIT engineers have devised a way to generate images of viral particles using a light microscope. In this video, the white dots represent clusters of proteins embedded in the viral envelope, and the red dots represent the computationally extracted central positions of these clusters. Credit: Ruixuan Gao and Boyden Lab

  1. Photo credit: Dan Clark/USFWS
    Landscape view of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, home to the world’s largest albatross colony, with more than a million Laysan Albatross returning to breed each year. However, invasive house mice began to attack and kill nesting albatross and are consequently slated for eradication in July 2022.
  2. American Framing, the U.S. Pavilion at the 17th International Venice Architecture Biennale, 2021
    Softwood construction originated in the early 19th century United States as a pragmatic, accessible structural system for settlers with limited resources and technical skills. Today, 90 percent of American homes are built with wood framing—an ordinary sameness in a country that celebrates individuality. Curated by School of Architecture faculty members Paul Andersen and Paul Preissner, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale calls attention to this ubiquitous but overlooked building method in a collection of designed and documentary works. A four-story installation—a familiar but monumental half-section of a wood-framed house, with exaggerated proportions—forms a new facade through which visitors enter. Inside the pavilion's galleries, commissioned photographs explore the social realities and cultural mythologies of wood framing; physical models, built by School of Architecture students as part of advanced seminars on the topic, illustrate significant historical examples. School faculty Ania Jaworska and Thomas Kelley (with his practice Norman Kelley) contributed furniture that reinterprets softwood construction to the installation and the courtyard it defines.
  3. The image was acquired by the Research Tissue Imaging Core
    TFF1 expression in porcine lung. The staining was optimized as part of an effort to create an oncopig lung cancer model. The optimization and staining were performed by the Research Histology Core.
  4. Genome Research Core
    Loading of the SpectroCHIP Array into the MassARRAY System (Agena Bioscience) for high-throughput genotyping. This system uses matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization - time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry for the precise detection of genetic variants by analysis of their individual mass, eliminating the need for fluorescence or labeling.