Research Labs

Research Laboratories

Faculty investigators throughout IU School of Medicine—in various academic departments and campuses—are advancing medical research in state-of-the-art laboratories that bring together the interests and expertise of school faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows as well as scientists in partner institutions and industry. Faculty leading IU School of Medicine laboratories are focusing on a broad range of topics.


Teaching faculty at IU School of Medicine–Bloomington have active research labs and collaboratively study areas of cellular medicine, including Basic Mechanisms of Disease, Cancer Cell Biology, Cell Signaling and Development, Epigenetics, Genomics and Chromatin, Educational Research. Explore the faculty labs in Bloomingon.


Investigators in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery discovered a three-dimensional culture method for deriving mini-inner ear organs and, as part of the 3D Stem Cell Biology Research Group, are using this technique in to model congenital/progressive hearing disorders to discover new regenerative therapies for profound hearing loss.

Studies carried out in the DeVault Otologic Research Lab focus on speech perception and language development in children and have improved understanding of children’s adaptive behavior development and executive function. The lab is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of research and teaching faculty, a speech-language pathologist and a SOCRA-trained clinical coordinator, who together carry out basic and clinical research for the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.

The Infectious Diseases Laboratory, established at IU School of Medicine in 1983, provides research support services for investigators as well as clinical diagnostic services for health care facilities. The laboratory provides diagnostic services for multiple sexually transmitted pathogens and supports researchers investigating these pathogens as well as behavioral scientists who use acquisition of sexually transmitted pathogens as biologic correlates of sexual behavior.

The Maternal Fetal Medicine Division in IU School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology supports a Perinatal Epigenetics Research Laboratory that conducts advanced translational research in gene-environment interactions that affect fetal development, maternal health and postnatal health trajectories. The lab supports the research training of residents and fellows and collaborates with other investigators on the school’s Indianapolis campus, including those in the Wells Pediatric Research Center and IU Simon Cancer Center.

The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories at the IU Simon Cancer Center includes nearly 40 physicians and scientists who are focused on preventing, treating and curing breast cancer. These researchers are working to develop treatments that are customized to individual patients by studying the genetic and protein blueprint of each woman’s tumor and choosing drugs based on that information to achieve the best treatment response with the least side effects.