The University of Iowa

Medical Scientist Training Program

Carver College of Medicine

Chris Benson, MD Lab Members

Research Environment

John Lee, MSTP Student
"My goal is to combine gene therapy
with neural imaging to help patients
with mental disorders."
John Lee, MSTP Student

The research enterprise of The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine garnered $209.5 million in external funding in FY 2012. According to 2012 U.S. News & World Report, research in the UI Carver College of Medicine is ranked 11th among public institutions. UI Carver College of Medicine faculty members are also some of the most productive when measured by NIH dollars.

The enterprise is overseen by two senior associate deans for research: Michael Apicella, MD, senior associate dean for scientific affairs and Patricia Winokur, MD, associate dean for clinical and translational sciences. Robert Piper, PhD, directs the UI Carver College of Medicine’s core research facilities.

Researchers in the CCOM's 250 laboratories are served by state-of-the-art core research facilities and research support facilities. Much of the research conducted at the CCOM is interdisciplinary and collaborations are fostered and coordinated through major research centers, institutes and programs.  Many College faculty members are internationally renowned for their research. Four faculty members are Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators, 17 are members of the Institute of Medicine and three are members of the National Academies of Sciences.

The CCOM is home to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of 39 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation; the Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center, one of six such NIH-funded centers in the nation; the Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration.

Research Centers

Research Programs


Core Research Support Facilities