‘Inside the Lab’ series provides a unique look at UChicago research

Through videos and Q&As, scholars discuss the impact of their groundbreaking work

The world today is facing unprecedented, complex challenges, and the need to address them through research is more important than ever. 

As a leading global research university, the University of Chicago is home to hundreds of the world’s most advanced research facilities and laboratories. Through the support of federal and private funding as well as collaboration with corporate and academic partners, UChicago scholars are making breakthrough discoveries that are shaping fields of study and tackling some of these complex problems.

To help illustrate the impact of research, as well as how UChicago scholars’ groundbreaking work is conducted, a new series called “Inside The Lab” provides a first-hand look at these labs and allows us to hear from the scholars themselves.

Through dynamic videos and Q&As, audiences will have an opportunity to meet UChicago faculty and students and better understand how they conduct their research. Whether they’re working in small research groups at a greenhouse on campus or in large-scale scientific experiments at Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab, each lab is addressing important global problems—from how to address food security amid climate change to preserving some of the world’s oldest objects—while providing student transformative experiences for the next generation of scholars.

“From answering fundamental questions through basic research to applying new technologies to new discoveries, scholars at UChicago are pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Their work in diverse fields such as medicine, biology, public policy, computing, physics and business has the potential to transform our future,” said Erin Adams, vice provost for research at UChicago. “As a scientist, I’ve realized over my career that many people don’t understand what research entails—or the critical impact that university research has on society. Through ‘Inside the Lab,’ we’re excited for the world to learn more about how research happens, who conducts this pioneering work and how it is helping transform our world.”

Visit the “Inside the Lab” website to learn more about the series, and explore some of the labs at UChicago.