Research at Sanford School of Medicine

Our scientists are focused on asking the critical questions to make discoveries in their field. At the same time they provide our students the opportunity to collaborate on meaningful research.

Faculty Research

Our Centers

Our Research Areas

  • Anatomy/structural biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cancer biology
  • Cellular biology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

Student Opportunities

Physician Scientist Program

We're training our M.D./Ph.D. students to combine biomedical research and clinical practice. These students will play a unique role in contemporary medical research.
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Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Addiction (SPURA)

This multi-disciplinary summer research program gives USD undergraduate students an opportunity to conduct high-quality, mentored, hypothesis-driven research in fields related to substance use, abuse and related or underlying mental health issues.
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Medical Student Summer Research Program

Current and newly accepted medical students can spend the summer researching with faculty research mentors.
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Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN)

South Dakota's Biomedical Infrastructure Network provides resources to researchers throughout South Dakota. Several of its core facilities are housed at USD. BRIN also allows students to participate in research, particularly through the Undergraduate Research Fellows Program.
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Scholarship Pathways Program

This program offers an enhanced medical student experience in education, research or service. Students who chose the research path have a special interest in clinical or basic science research.
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