Research at The University of Toledo

U.S. Air Force awards UToledo physicists $7.4 million to develop solar technology that can provide power for space vehicles using sunlight.


UToledo has identified areas of research excellence in which highly accomplished faculty members are recognized nationally for their contributions to the fields of: Astronomy and Astrophysics; Solar Energy, Water Quality and Sustainable Technologies; and Cell Architecture and Dynamics.

The identification of these areas of research excellence and a plan to advance them is part of the University’s strategic plan. As part of the process to identify existing strong research programs, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs also recognized spotlight areas of unique distinction, areas of emerging research excellence, and areas of future opportunity. UToledo will continually consider new areas and update existing areas of excellence.

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1. Recognized Areas of Research Excellence

2. Spotlight areas of Unique Distinction

  • Human Trafficking

  • Disability and Society

  • Hypertension and Precision Medicine
3. Areas of Emerging Research Excellence

  • Legacy Cities

  • Cancer, Immune Therapy and Precision Molecular Therapy
4. Areas of Future Opportunity

  • Vector Biology

  • Smart Transportation

  • Data 2 Decision

  • BioPsychoSocial Determinants of Chronic Disease

  • Community-Based STEAM

Moving Research Forward

Research News
Dr. Christine Mayer

Curbing Asian Carp Invasion

UToledo researchers capture first newly hatched invasive grass carp within Great Lakes watershed.
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photo of space

UToledo astronomer part of NASA team that discovered two stars with massive winds shoot cosmic rays at nearly the speed of light.

The average person encounters cosmic rays when the fast, tiny particles shoot through the clouds and cause bright pixels on photos.
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Jason Huntley

New Tech to Fight Toxins

UToledo microbiologist identifies Lake Erie bacteria that degrades microcystin released by harmful algal blooms and naturally purifies water.
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Protecting the Great Lakes and drinking water

With more than $6 million in active grants underway, UToledo is studying algal blooms, invasive species such as Asian carp, and pollutants, and looking for pathways to restore our greatest natural resource for future generations to ensure our communities continue to have access to safe drinking water.

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Research at The University of Toledo

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs advocates in support of scholarship, creative activity, and research to all faculty, in full understanding that the needs to achieve success vary across disciplines.

Infographic of the complexity of Research projects.
Last Updated: 12/11/19