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Through bold thinking, rigorous scholarship, and cross-cutting collaborations, Yale research pushes the boundaries of scientific and technological knowledge to benefit people and our planet.

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From A(nalytical and stable isotopes) to Z(ebrafish phenotyping), research at Yale combines serious inquiry, deep expertise, and state-of-the-art technology.

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Yale’s research cores enable scientists across campus to interact, collaborate, and develop new applications that advance the university’s scientific mission.

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At a series of autumn Cores Fairs, visitors learn how core facilities can help with their research. Mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy are among the offerings at West Campus Analytical Core.  

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Eric Paulson, PhD, tunes the probe under a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, one of twelve at the Chemical and Biophysical Instrumentation Center (CBIC). The Center also houses instruments for mass spectrometry and X-rays.

Micrograph image of a Meissner corpuscle, a sensory organ

A Meissner corpuscle is a group of cells that acts as a touch detector. Its 3D structure was revealed for the first time using enhanced focused ion-beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM). Image credit: Yury Nikolaev, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Slav Bagriantsev lab.

Microscopic image of liver cancer cells escaping a tumor spheroid in a fibrotic environment.

Liver cancer cells escape a tumor spheroid in a fibrotic environment. This Art in Research contest-winning image was collected by Xiangyu Gong, a postdoctoral associate in the Michael Mak biomedical engineering lab, with a Leica SP8 Confocal microscope.

Research cores make science easier, more fruitful, and more efficient.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find a high-profile experimental research paper from Yale that hasn’t been touched by a core."
Ben Myers Co-Director of Research Cores

Characterizing and elucidating structures

“The WCAC provides our research community here at Yale access to high-level instrumentation, helping to forward discovery.”
Terence Wu Director

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A more collaborative approach

"One of the most enjoyable aspects of what we do is collaborate with the grad students and faculty to solve the problems they’re up against. It’s not just cranking out the data."
Eric Paulson, PhD Director

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Cutting-edge electron microscopy

“Potentially, this research will inform the development of tactile sensors for next generation of prosthetics.”
Slav Bagriantsev, PhD Associate Professor, Cellular & Molecular Physiology at Yale School of Medicine

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New cancer insights

"Compared to cell culture in a petri dish, the three-dimensional models provide new insights into understanding cancer and enable more accurate cancer drug screening. Yale core facilities make it possible for us to unveil novel cellular behaviors in the midst of disease progression."
Xiangyu Gong, PhD Mechanical engineer

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By the numbers

Yale takes a data-intensive approach to science and technology research, harnessing today's volume, speed, and availability of data to transform knowledge production.

Research Infrastructure

  • 70+ core science facilities
  • 1,169 specialized reference databases
  • 10 campus libraries
  • 15.9 million volumes across Yale's collections

Empowering Support


in sci/tech R&D expenditures in FY22

HERD Report, 2022

Organizational structures that support excellence Learn more about Yale's scientific research strategy