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Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHAMessage from the Dean of Research

Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHA
Senior Associate Dean, Research Vera J. Goodfriend Endowed Chair
Cardiovascular Research Chair and Professor, Physiology
Director, Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC)
Professor, Medicine 

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University has experienced dramatic growth in the breadth and scope of its research enterprise over the past decade. As part of its strategic plan and with the support of a successful recent capital campaign, our scientists have been responsible for ground-breaking advancements in areas across the scientific spectrum, including:

  • Cancer Biology
  • Cardiovascular and Thrombosis
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Clinical Lung Research
  • HIV
  • Immunology and Autoimmunity
  • Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes
  • Neuroscience
  • Substance Abuse
  • Translational Medicine

A physical transformation in our research facilities occurred in 2009 when LKSOM opened the Medical Education and Research Building (MERB). This 450,000 square foot building is now home to more than half of LKSOM’s research scientists with open laboratory space that facilitates investigator/trainee interactions and collaboration.

Recognizing the need to provide its faculty with the tools to conduct state-of-the-art research, LKSOM has developed several core facilities which embellish the other cores and facilities already in existence. Together, they provide centralized access to equipment used by faculty in all departments, helping to reduce duplication of biomedical research.
 
Through generous faculty support coupled with the ability to attract some of the world's greatest scientific minds, LKSOM is an emerging leader in basic and clinical research. In the early 2000s, using only NIH funding criteria, LKSOM ranked 86th out of 121 allopathic schools in the U.S.

In 2015, with more comprehensive data utilized by U.S. News and World Report, including NIH ranking and other criteria, LKSOM ranks 52nd out of 126 allopathic and 20 osteopathic medical schools in the U.S. In research rankings, LKSOM is the second-highest ranked medical school in Philadelphia and the third-highest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

LKSOM has established several new programs that are in the vanguard of scientific discovery. These include the Temple Lung Center and the Center for Neuroscience.

We invite you to browse our website to learn more about the LKSOM scientific community and its exciting and innovative research initiatives, most of which are supported by NIH. We also urge you to learn more about why NIH Research Matters so you can become a strong advocate for the federal funding that drives translation of discoveries in basic research to new treatments of disease.

Sincerely,

Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHA