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Research Labs

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In Dell Medical School’s research environment — which spans the campuses of Dell Med, the Dell Pediatric Research Institute, The University of Texas at Austin and other locations in the city — faculty using similar techniques and equipment work near each other and share expertise from diverse fields.

This fosters interdisciplinary discourse and operational efficiencies that bolster the school’s research output. Researchers and lab members benefit from opportunities to gather with colleagues in related areas of expertise to connect on their work. The result of this model? A strong team, focused on transforming health.

Areas of Research

Explore the fields below to view the faculty labs that are advancing scientific discovery and impact across varying disciplines, and get details on current work, open positions and opportunities to collaborate.


  • Britt Lab | quantitative genetics, biology of the retina, genetic models of human disease
  • Brumback Lab | neurophysiological mechanisms of autism, electrophysiology, optogenetics
  • Lab | neuroimaging, outcome prediction, equity
  • Howard Lab | cellular neurophysiology, translational epilepsy, synaptic transmission and plasticity
  • COPE Lab | memory, aging, caregiver roadmap and support
  • CNBI | brain-machine interfaces, translational neuroscience, neurorehabilitation
  • Dobbs Lab | neural circuits, animal models, polysubstance abuse
  • Gaudet Lab | neuroinflammation, spinal cord injuries, biological clocks
  • Hamilton Lab | translational neuroscience, computational neuroscience
  • Messing Lab | translational neuroscience, addiction, pain, neuroimmune signaling
  • Noble-Haeusslein Lab | translational neuroscience, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neurorehabilitation
  • Orsini Lab | behavioral neuroscience, decision-making, sex differences, substance use disorders
  • CNBI | neural engineering, machine learning, artificial intelligence, closed-loop neuromodulation, human-robot interaction, BCI, imaging
  • Willsey Lab | brain-computer interfaces, computational neuroscience, neuromodulation, neural engineering, machine learning



  • Gray Lab | musculoskeletal development and homeostasis
  • TherapeUTex | drug formulation, delivery and production

Population Health

  • Harpak Lab | statistical genomics, population genetics
  • Mackert Lab | traditional and new digital media, health messaging

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

  • Main Lab | bipolar disorder, alcohol use disorder, stress
  • Fenno Lab | molecular engineering, systems neuroscience