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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.


Jiang He
Moderate and vigorous exercise have comparable effects on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

A new study involving Tulane University researchers shows a brisk walk is just as good as a jog when it comes to reducing liver fatty content, important news for the more than 3 million people diagnosed each year in the U.S. with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

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Is hormone therapy for ‘low-T’ safe?

Tulane University urologist Dr. Wayne Hellstrom and other experts publish new guidance for doctors worried that prescribing testosterone therapy for "low-T" may increase risks for stroke or heart attack.

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Sam Lensgraf (left) and Ramgopal Mettu (center), receive their award for Best Automation Paper from award committee member Jean-Paul Laumond (right)
Tulane duo working to make 3-D printing more efficient

Computer science faculty member Ramgopal Mettu, and 2015 Tulane graduate Samuel Lensgraf, won "best paper" at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Yuri Herrera-Gutiérrez
Professor wins prestigious book award

Yuri Herrera-Gutierrez, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese in the Tulane School of Liberal Arts, is the first Spanish-language writer to win the Best Translated Book Award for fiction.

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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, 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.