USD is home to the state's only medical school. Faculty members in USD's Sanford School of Medicine teach students the latest techniques and skills for a career in biomedical research. Critical biomedical research areas include anatomy and structural biology, cancer biology, immunology, cardiovascular sciences, microbiology, neuroscience, rural healthcare, pharmacology and physiology, among others.

Faculty and students engage in fundamental research and establish vital research collaborations. Experts in human health and biology from around the world collaborate on USD research projects.

Key research strengths and facilities include: