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Research Facilities


Our laboratories are modern, spacious and well equipped for technically advanced molecular and cellular research. Our program houses both a biocontainment laboratory for research involving hazardous infectious agents and a flow cytometry laboratory for identifying and sorting cell populations. The  Biopolymer Core Facility provides peptide and oligonucleotide synthesis as well as automated DNA sequencing and gene array services to the University. In addition, there are associated services for animal care and a Transgenic Mice Core Facility for the design and production of genetically engineered animals.

Students also have excellent research and training opportunities in various departments and centers that participate in the Graduate Program in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. These include the Institute for Human Virology (IHV), a cutting-edge research facility with primary focus on chronic viral disease, particularly AIDS; Center for Vaccine Development (CVD), which is a world-renowned institute for the design and testing of novel vaccine strategies; and the Cancer Center with shared research interests in tumor biology and gene therapy.  Our Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) is an inter-disciplinary, multi-departmental team of collaborative investigators within the University of Maryland School of Medicine. IGS uses large-scale, cutting-edge experimental and computational tools to better understand gene and genome function in health and disease, to study molecular and cellular networks in a variety of model systems, and to generate data and resources of value to the international scientific community

The Health Sciences Library on campus serves as a regional adjunct to the National Library of Medicine. In addition to housing a large number of bound volumes and current periodicals, it offers access to multiple computer databases in the sciences and provides computerized reference and bibliographic services.

View a complete list of core research facilities in the School of Medicine. Read an overview of facilities at the Dental School.

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Research Spotlight:

UM SOM Researchers Unravel Mechanism That Plays Key Role in Sexual Differentiation of Brain

McCarthyDuring prenatal development, the brains of most animals, including humans, develop specifically male or female characteristics. In most species, some portions of male and female brains are a different size, and often have a different number of neurons and synapses. However, scientists have known little about the details of how this differentiation occurs. Now, a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) has illuminated some details about how this occurs.‌

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