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Basic and Translational Research

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Scientists from across Yale helped unlock the mysteries of COVID-19: how and why it causes widespread disease in the body, why it affects people differently, how to predict the severity of symptoms in patients, how to predict outbreaks, and more.
Research at the medical school covers a broad spectrum, from fundamental studies in the life sciences, including cell biology, genetics, immunobiology, microbial pathogenesis, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology, biophysics and biochemistry, to translational and clinical studies aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.
Important research collaborations bring together scientists on the medical campus, Science Hill, and the West Campus. The Center for Biomedical Data Science brings together computational expertise from across Yale. Funding for research at YSM has increased from $539.6 million in 2012 to $766.4 million in 2020.


The school’s core research resources are built around the newest technologies:
  • State-of-the-art tools for genomics and proteomics, including whole-genome sequencing and mass spectrometry
  • High-resolution imaging and image analysis at every scale, including cryoelectron microscopy, cryoelectron tomography, and the only focused ion beam-scanning electron microscope in the region
  • High-throughput screening, including RNAi and chemical screens
  • Construction and analysis of animal models of disease
In 2020, YSM established the Office for Health Equity Research to address health disparities and inequities in underserved populations by coordinating and facilitating health equity research and partnerships at the school, across Yale University, and beyond.

Academic Data

Academic Departments, Programs, & Centers
Category Total
Basic science 10
Clinical 18
Public Health 6
Total Departments 34
Programs & Centers 6

4 Faculty, associates, and fellows data as of 6/30/20.
Category Total
Teaching (ladder) faculty 2,076
Research faculty 719
Lecturer/Instructor 433
Visiting faculty 148
Emeritus/Retired faculty 155
Voluntary/Adjunct faculty 1,576
Total faculty 5,107
Postdoctoral fellows and associates 1,732

Memberships & Awards5
5 Includes faculty across Yale University.
Category Total
Association of American Physicians 41
Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale 21
Breakthrough Prize 1
Fields Medal 1
HHMI investigators 8
Kavli Prize 2
Lasker Awards 4
MacArthur Genius Grant 6
National Academy of Engineering 2
National Academy of Medicine 53
National Academy of Sciences 62
Nobel Prize 3
Wolf Prize 1
Faculty with endowed professorships 141