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School of Medicine Basic Science Research

Conducting Life-Enhancing Research to Advance Medicine

Creighton University School of Medicine is dedicated to impacting our world through a culture of continuous learning, growth and development. In our basic sciences, researchers are working in areas such as hearing loss, cancer, aging, drug design, HIV, prion diseases, neurological diseases, substance abuse, stroke, asthma, cardiovascular disease, antibiotic resistance and gene therapies.

Research is conducted in a collegial, collaborative environment with a priority on providing exceptional research opportunities for students and other trainees.

We strive for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging as we recruit and equip our faculty, conduct research and support our learners. A diversity of ideas, perspectives and thinking is fundamental to our culture of inquiry.

Research Opportunities

School of Medicine students are encouraged to participate with faculty mentors in diverse research projects, where they make substantive contributions. The most active areas include hearing loss, cancer, neuroscience and infectious diseases.

Creighton medical students may pursue funded research projects (during the summer after M1 year) through the Creighton Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program. Participants concentrate in clinical or basic science research and discover the integral role of research in developing medical therapeutics and treatment. The program is administered by the Student Research and Scholarly Activity Committee, chaired by Garrett Soukup, PhD.

To support student research and scholarly projects, the School of Medicine may provide travel awards to supplement medical student costs of presenting scholarly work at regional or national conferences. For more information, contact

Additional research opportunities for medical students

Regional and National Scientific Meetings

Student Chapter of American Physician Scientists Association

Research and Scholarly Activity Committee

Students wishing to be paired with a faculty mentor to perform research should contact

Creighton graduate students perform groundbreaking research in diverse graduate programs and research.

Master’s Degrees in Natural Sciences

Natural Science Doctoral Degrees


Creighton researchers make discoveries in anti-bacterial resistance, autism, cancer, hearing restoration, prion research, tick-borne diseases and neurological disorders.

Learn more about Creighton’s distinguished faculty and their research at the forefronts of their respective fields that contribute to our understanding of the world.

Core Facilities

Creighton’s facilities provide research support to our investigators and community of researchers.

Student working in core facility

Graduate Student Programs

Students interested in making a lasting difference in research are encouraged to consider Creighton’s Master of Science, PhD or Dual-Degree Medicine Programs within the Biomedical Science, Medical Microbiology & Immunology or the Pharmacology & Neuroscience Departments.

All students will complete foundational coursework, followed by specialized courses, to align with the specialization within your department. Programs include:

Research Meetings

Medical students, as well as graduate learners and trainees, looking for research opportunities and mentors in the School of Medicine are invited to attend Research Interest Groups. Supported by the Department of Clinical Research, the program aims to improve the quality of research and provides opportunities for our learners to have access to research projects. Additionally, our faculty find mentees and research teams are formed.

Creighton also offers access to seminars, grand rounds, conferences and symposia that contribute to education and research in the School of Medicine.

SOM students meeting together

Meeting Information

Meetings are held in-person and virtually and are open to all our students, residents, fellows and faculty from both campuses.

Topics covered during a meeting may include:

Studies being considered

  • Scientific merit review
  • Trial design considerations
  • Who should be involved in supporting the study?

Studies ongoing

  • Difficulties with IRB submissions
  • Enrollment issues

Studies completed

  • Analysis phase
  • Writing phase

View current listing of Omaha and Phoenix Research Interest Groups.

Department of Biomedical Sciences Seminars

Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology

  • When: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to noon
  • Where: Criss III, Rm L57

Department of Pharmacology and Neurosciences

  • When: Fridays, 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Where: Hixson Lied Science Building Rm 359

Translational Hearing Center Seminars

Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

  • When: Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m.

Department of Gastroenterology Grand Rounds

  • When: First Wednesday of the month, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

  • When: Fridays, 7 to 8 a.m.

Trauma Department Research Meeting

  • When: First and Third Wednesday of every month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.