Almost 400,000 square feet of space in various buildings is dedicated to research. Recent additions include the Medical Research Building, an 11-story laboratory building housing several centers, institutes, and departments, a dedicated structural biology building housing state-of-the-art NMR equipment. Research faculty, students, and postdoctoral trainees at UTMB have ready access to cutting-edge equipment and technologies. UTMB's 20 basic biomedical and clinical academic departments all have faculty conducting funded research. The Office of the Associate Vice President for Research liaisons with funding agencies, identifies funding sources for faculty and students, and assists researchers in preparing and submitting grant applications. This office also maintains a catalog of research expertise listing all UTMB faculty and their areas of expertise as well as a compendium of all research core facilities on campus available to help researchers. Examples of core facilities include those providing transgenic animals, analysis and synthesis of proteins or nucleic acids, image analysis, nude mice, DNA sequencing, NMR analysis, cell sorting, X-ray crystallography, in situ hybridization, morphometric analysis, gene cloning, and many others.
Each year UTMB hosts the National Student Research Forum; this is the only major national scientific meeting conducted by students. Each year a group of directors consisting of 2 medical students and 2 graduate students plan and host the meeting.
The 3 day meeting hosts medical students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from institutions across the US who come to UTMB to present their research findings.
Keynote speakers address the attendees, and social events and excursions to local attractions complement the scientific program.
Each department and center at UTMB hosts a seminar series which bring outstanding visiting scientists to UTMB throughout the year to give lectures and research seminars to faculty and students. This important academic activity provides insight into cutting-edge investigations in progress at other research institutions, corporations, or federal agencies in the US and throughout the world.