Established in 1946, the UW School of Medicine has quickly grown into a highly productive, highly collaborative research community with excellent scientific resources and facilities​. UW Medicine faculty have been responsible for many basic science and technological advances in medicine, including pioneering research in areas such as cell replication and signal transduction, the biomolecular structure of proteins, and the development of medical ultrasound. UW Medicine includes among its faculty five researchers who have received Nobel Prizes in Physiology or in Medicine in less than two decades. UW Medicine faculty also includes members of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and investigators from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. A national leader in biomedical research, UW Medicine ranks among the top academic research institutions in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and the UW School of Medicine is consistently recognized as one of the nation's top providers of medical instruction by US News and World Report. The UW School of Medicine also provides advanced scientific training toward Ph.D. degrees in biomedical research in an outstanding resource-rich, collaborative environment dedicated to basic and translational research. ​


Three UW School of Medicine faculty awarded grants​​​​ by National Institutes of Health (NIH) for highly innovative biomedical research

The NIH’s High Risk-High Reward grants encourage scientists to pursue creative and innovative ideas across a broad range of biomedical and behavioral research areas with the aim of addressing today’s major challenges in these fields. Learn more about the work that garnered these awards for UW faculty members Houra Merrikyh, assistant professor of microbiology, Jay Shendure, associate professor of genome sciences and Ying Zheng, assistant professor of bioengineering. Read more.​

King K. HolmesKing K. Holmes, UW professor of global health and medicine in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is the recipient of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) 2013 Alexander Fleming Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award recognizes Holmes’ career in research on the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI), and other infectious disease. The award honors Holmes for his major contributions to the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge about infectious diseases. Read more.


A team from the University of Washington unveils a genomic portrait of HeLa, the cell line derived from Henrietta Lacks that contributed to many of the major medical breakthroughs of the twentieth century by allowing scientists to perform experiments without using a living human. Read more.​

UW scientists slow tumor growth in mice by targeting and eliminating “traitor” immune cells that suppress immune response. Macrophages are a type of helpful immune cell that can ​switch from helping the immune system to suppressing it; the University of Washington team developed a method to target and eliminate the cancer-supporting macrophages. Read more.​

New processing capabilities of cochlear implants allow users to hear music better, in particular enabling the ability to perceive differences between musical instruments. Researchers hope to fine-tune the signal processing to make it compatible with cochlear implants already on the market so users can improve their music perception right away. Read more.​


UW Medicine received $608M total research and training grant funding between July 2011 and June 2012. Awards to UW Medicine represent approximately 40% of the total for the University of Washington. UW Medicine’ School of Medicine was ranked first among public medical schools for research-related federal funding1. Read more.