Research at Meharry is focused on eliminating health disparities that disproportionately affect people of color and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Researchers at Meharry are pioneering innovations to address the biological, behavioral, molecular, environmental, social, and other factors that contribute to the disproportionate burden of poor health care outcomes in minority and underserved populations.


The four signature areas of research at Meharry are: cancer, HIV/AIDS, molecular and behavioral neuroscience, and women’s health.

Researchers at Meharry conduct bench to bedside to community research, which leads to improved patient care and the development of new treatments.


Meharry’s researchers generate new knowledge, perform innovative investigations, and mentor students pursuing degrees in Meharry’s School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and School of Graduate Studies and Research.


Our research facilities include our research cores, which provide state of the art technology, advanced expertise, and teaching of technologies to our faculty, research staff, and trainees.


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Office for Research

Supporting our researchers with resources enabling them to devote time and talents to scientific investigation.

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Research & Support Centers

Learn more about Meharry’s established research and support centers.

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Sponsored Research

These organizations champion Meharry’s mission of serving the nation’s medically underserved populations.

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Research Publications

See the published research of Meharry’s distinguished faculty members.

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Research Capabilities

Take a look at the wide range of topics Meharry research encompasses.

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Research by Department

The researchers in Meharry’s School of Medicine spend their careers serving the medically underserved. They research the diseases that afflict minority communities, and they work to end health care disparities that disproportionally affect the nation’s poor and most vulnerable populations.

The research vision of the School of Dentistry is to ensure research training is fully integrated within the academic programs and encouraging our faculty and students to be fully engaged in research activities. The plans for developing a research infrastructure to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary research and research training are underway.


Part of the plan includes developing a Research Advisory Council (RAC) that advises the associate dean on research priorities, policies, procedures, and guides decision-making on additional resources needed. The RAC will create a strategic plan that establishes a clear, quantifiable research program with funding goals that address the needs of the School of Dentistry.