Midwestern University Research

Midwestern University (MWU) is proud of first and foremost being a teaching institution to educate the next generation of healthcare professionals, and we firmly believe that research is a vital ingredient for excellent teaching.  We understand that support for research is critical, not only because of the innovative discoveries, potential increased extramural funding, and productive multi-institutional collaborations that can result, but also because a great researcher in the laboratory is often a highly effective teacher in the auditorium.  MWU believes that continuous academic excellence is sustained by the research-teaching nexus, where research supports teaching and teaching supports research.

It is our goal, as a healthcare university, to not only disseminate knowledge, but to create new knowledge and to foster a passion for life-long learning in our students. When students enter the laboratory or engage in a clinical research project their education is enriched in numerous ways. We realize that students with research experience and a full appreciation of scientific methodology are more likely to be well-rounded healthcare professionals who are prepared to face a variety of future challenges. Similarly,  faculty members who are focused on unraveling cutting-edge questions through their research are up-to-date in their area of expertise and can incorporate that knowledge into the classroom. The University's commitment to research is evidenced by the full salary support of our tenure track faculty and the vast majority of our research associates. Finally, as an institution of higher education, MWU recognizes our social responsibility to support research as a means to benefit society through innovative discoveries.  

If you would like to learn more about the research being performed at MWU, please explore the links below.

List of Downers Grove, IL faculty researchers

Downers Grove Core Facility

List of Glendale, AZ faculty researchers

Midwestern University's Institute for Healthcare Innovation

Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program

Program News

Midwestern University Researcher Featured in Evolution Documentary  AZ

Midwestern University’s Heather Smith, Ph.D., Director of Anatomical Laboratories and the Body Donation Program and Associate Professor of Anatomy, was featured as a guest expert in a new documentary, "The Secret History of Our Evolution - Part 2,” discussing her research team’s findings on the purpose of the appendix.  More ››

College of Pharmacy-Glendale Establishes Interdisciplinary Center for Nanomedical Cancer Research  AZ

With a vision to build a growing institutional research investment on the broad and extensive experience of a multidisciplinary team of well-established investigators in nanoscience and nanomaterials, Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer has endorsed the establishment of the Nanomedicine Center of Excellence in Translational Cancer Research (Nanomedicine COE-TCR) by the College of Pharmacy-Glendale (CPG).  More ››