UA Research Expertise

The University of Arizona researchers are a diverse community of people who thrive on innovation and collaboration. Many have played a part in groundbreaking projects ranging from the exploration of Mars to the development of new cancer treatments and pioneering breakthroughs in heart transplantation.

Interdisciplinary Research

The BIO5 Institute is an example of our interdisciplinary research excellence. Created to bring together faculty and other researchers to tackle complex biology-based problems affecting humanity today, BIO5 brings together scientists from five disciplines - agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science and engineering - to treat disease, feed humanity and preserve livable environments. BIO5 creates science, industry and education partnerships to engage in leading-edge research, translate innovations to the market and to inspire and train the next generation of scientists.

ARL is a group of researchers solving critical scientific problems and generating knowledge for the future. The organization’s structure and values promote innovation through dynamic interdisciplinary collaborations.

Areas of Research Expertise

Arizona is home to world-renowned observatories, state-of-the-art telescopes, and leading university departments and centers carrying out research in astronomy, planetary and space sciences. Our observational, theoretical and space astronomy programs are ranked No. 1 in the country by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory is one of the most productive research organizations in the nation and has a worldwide reputation in spacecraft missions, laboratory-based research, theory, and astronomical observations. Recently, LPL led in the Phoenix Mars Mission, which was launched in August 2007 and landed on the polar region of Mars in May, 2008.

The Steward Observatory is one of the world’s leading astronomy research organizations and home to the Mirror Laboratory, which fabricates the largest telescope mirrors in the world. Steward scientists perform research using expertise ranging from theoretical astrophysics to astrobiology. They are currently building the world’s largest telescope and help create major telescopes including Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

As the leading university in the world with expertise in water, The University of Arizona’ s Water & Environmental Sustainability Program (WESP) is uniquely positioned to use its strengths to support university, industry, and government collaborations in research, technology, education, and outreach to resolve water and environmental resource challenges.

The University of Arizona is a leader in the research of solar technologies, forming  AzRISE, a global institute with academic and industrial partners, to enable multi-disciplinary research, development, and practical implementation of solar energy solutions to meet our energy needs by creating innovative collaborations in research, economic and public policy analysis, and education/outreach.

The UA bioresearch program carries out leading edge interdisciplinary research, provides crucial technology platforms and clinical trials infrastructure, and tackles complex and pressing problems of critical importance today. Through its research programs in bioengineering, drug discovery, genome structure and function, quantitative biology, and the neural basis for memory changes, UA scientists address cancer, diabetes, heart, neurological and respiratory diseases, cognition and aging; develop new diagnostic tools; improve yield and nutritional quality of crops; and develop plants as sources of pharmaceuticals.

The goals of the UA’s Arizona Cancer Center (AZCC) are to prevent and cure cancer. The protocols and techniques developed here have become worldwide standards of care. Patients are given leading-edge care that benefits from intensive in-house research into new cures and methods of prevention, and educational outreach programs help millions more to reduce their cancer risk.

Technologies that exploit the properties and applications of light touch virtually every field of science and all modern industries. Optical Sciences is top-ranked internationally for its innovative and unusually comprehensive research programs. Faculty members partner with scientists and engineers from industry, government, and academia to conduct leading-edge research that powers the future of the world’s high-technology industries.

The University of Arizona is renowned throughout the world for its MIS research. For the last three decades the faculty at the University of Arizona's Department of Management Information Systems has focused on education, research and outreach. MIS faculty members have provided executive education to companies such as America Online, American Express, Ernst & Young, LLP, Honeywell International, Intel Corp., Raytheon Systems Co., and Ultra-Life Batteries, Inc.

The Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Arizona conducts a strong program of undergraduate and graduate instruction and research that has earned a distinguished national reputation.