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Attracting the most innovative thinkers to Tulane—world-class faculty and graduate and undergraduate students—and combining our intellectual muscle with an entrepreneurial mindset will position the university to help solve some of society’s most complex challenges. Research here isn’t just the province of graduate students or faculty: Undergraduate research is an important part of the Tulane experience, and grants are available to help students cover the cost of research materials, travel and other expenses.

Once these talented individuals are on campus, they are well-positioned to make the breakthroughs in research that today are made across the boundaries of schools, colleges and institutes. Best-selling author and Tulane board member Walter Isaacson had it right when he wrote in his book The Innovators that the next advances “will come from people who are able to link beauty to engineering, humanity to technology and poetry to processors.”

The university is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with “preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.” Tulane also is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a university with “very high research activity.” Of more than 4,300 higher educational institutions rated by the foundation, Tulane remains in a prestigious category that includes only 2 percent of universities nationwide.


Tulane University School of Medicine virologists and study co-authors Robert Garry (left) and Dr. James Robinson are part of a Lassa virus research team whose discovery made the cover of the latest issue of Science, a leading research journal.
Research team unravels elusive structure of Lassa virus, revealing vaccine target

A team of scientists, including virologists from Tulane University, have for the first time mapped the molecular structure of an elusive surface protein on the Lassa virus that allows it to infect human cells. The breakthrough, more than a decade in the making, is featured on the cover of ‘Science.'

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Dr. Jiang He is the Joseph S. Copes chair and professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Study suggests lower targets for systolic blood pressure

A new study conducted by researchers from Tulane University finds reducing target systolic blood pressure below current recommendations significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and preventable death.

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Tulane School of Science and Engineering faculty Matthew Escarra
National Science Foundation gives career boost to professors

Tulane School of Science and Engineering faculty Matthew Escarra and Eliot Kapit are two of approximately 500 recipients across the country to receive the National Science Foundation’s Early Career Development Award.

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A book written by Tulane sociology professor Carl L. Bankston III and his colleague Min Zhou. 'Weathering Katrina' is a just-released study of how the Vietnamese community in New Orleans recovered after Hurricane Katrina.
Book examines Vietnamese community’s successful post-Katrina recovery

Weathering Katrina: Culture and Recovery Among Vietnamese Americans, a new book by Tulane University professor Mark VanLandingham, examines how Vietnamese locals swiftly rebuilt their community post-Katrina.

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Creating these connections is one of Tulane’s greatest strengths. It’s not an overstatement to say we are creating a new model for interdisciplinary collaboration in higher education that will bring our research to new heights in several critical areas, including the culture of the Gulf South, energy and the environment, water management and climate change, healthy communities, trauma and resilience.
Some of this exciting research will take place on Tulane’s newest facility, the ByWater Institute. Located on the Mississippi River where a modern infrastructure will advance timely research in many of the areas mentioned above, plus coastal restoration and management, and sustainable communities. The campus will also help transform New Orleans into a leading hub for green jobs and technologies.
Research at Tulane is where unlimited opportunity awaits to make the world a better place.