Research Opportunities

Students at BU have the opportunity to be involved in research  at the medical campus, specialized centers such as the Framingham Heart Study, Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute, Arthritis Center, Cancer Research Center, Pulmonary Center, Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, and Alzheimer’s Disease Center. BU has Advanced Core Services including Mass Spectrometry, a DNA/Protein Core, Macromolecular X-ray Crystallography Facility, NMR Spectroscopy Core, Cryo-Electron Microscope Facility, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope, Transgenic Facility, Cardiovascular Imaging Suite, and a modern Laboratory Animal Science Center. The hospital has also recently opened an advance cancer center, and is completing the building of a National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory. The latter is funded in part by a $124 million grant from NIH, which is the largest single grant ever given by NIH to a medical center.

The Charles River Campus provides equally rich opportunities for M.D./ Ph.D. candidates. Students can join the Department of Biomedical Engineering, or join one of the many laboratories throughout the Charles River campus that is run by a faculty with a joint appointment at the medical center. For instance, the chemistry department provides students with opportunities for research in nanotechnology or chemical drug screening through the Chemical Methods Library Design (CMLD) center, which is a NIH roadmap facility that couples combinatorial chemistry and pharmaceutical research. The photonics center provides opportunities in application of photonics research to biomedicine, such as work using lasers to detect incipient Alzheimer’s disease.

For a listing of faculty research interests, browse our departmental research focuses.

For a listing of 2011 publications by our PhD students browse this  page.