Research Institutes

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The Health Sciences Campus that is home to the Sackler School houses several research institutes that contribute to the rich research atmosphere that characterizes our surroundings.  These institutes are particularly important in linking our researchers together and offer a venue to link scientists working on basic biomedical research questions to physicians working on translational problems that directly affect patient care.  Sackler faculty are active participants in these centers and institutes.

The Molecular Oncology Research Institute

The Molecular Oncology Research Institute (MORI) is home to 17 faculty members focused on all aspects of cancer research and is an integral part of the Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center, a collaboration between Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center.  MORI researchers are actively investigating mechanisms of breast, brain, bone and blood cancers.  The faculty are active participants in Sackler School training.  In addition, through the Cancer Center, MORI hosts a cancer-focused seminar series and mounts special workshops that bring together cancer researchers across our campus. 

The Molecular Cardiology Research Institute

The Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI) was founded in 1997.  17 faculty members work with over 80 scientists and physician scientists to address molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease and develop new therapeutic approaches to these disorders.  Mentoring the next generation of researchers is one of the core missions of the Institute and many of its faculty members participate in Sackler School programs.  The Institute also sponsors a Molecular Medicine seminar series.

The Mother Infant Research Institute

The Mother Infant Research Institute (MIRI) at Tufts Medical Center focuses on the lifelong consequences of the intimate and unique biological relationship between mother and baby during pregnancy. MIRI was founded in 2010 and is the only research institute in the United States that combines pediatrics and obstetrics to investigate the impact of events that occur during pregnancy on trans-generational health. MIRI’s current research centers on preterm birth and its complications, the advserse effeccts of maternal obesity, and fetal and neonatal personalized medicine. MIRI’s guiding principle is that clinical and translational multi-disciplinary research directed towards ensuring healthy pregnancies, full-term deliveries, and normal birth weights will positively affect both health and health care costs for millions of people at all stages of the life cycle.

Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute

The Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) was established in 2008 with a grant from the National Institutes of Health. A collaboration of organizations, founded by Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University, Tufts CTSI accelerates the translation of laboratory research into clinical use, medical practice and health policy, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of the public. The CTSI links scientists and scholars with clinical investigators, policymakers, and industry and community leaders to conduct innovative clinical and translational research. The Institute offers investigators research expertise, financial support, and educational programs.


Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging

The HNRCA is one of six centers worldwide that study the way in which nutrition affects aging.  Research at the HNRCA encompasses the entire spectrum from the most basic studies to population-based intervention studies.  Their faculty is particularly working to determine the nutritional requirements that best promote health and how diet impacts aging-related degenerative disease.  


Health Science Campus

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The Health Sciences Campus is home to Sackler, the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nutrition, Tufts Medical Center and several research institutes.

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development