Research and Development

UNC is one of the leading public research universities in the nation, according to the Carnegie Foundation’s classification of colleges and universities. The University’s research funding for the fiscal year of 2014 totaled more than $790 million. There are 80 research centers and institutes at UNC. Some of them are currently undergoing scrutiny by the UNC-system Board of Governors in order to cut the budget.

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UNC and NC State researchers discover skin patch to potentially battle melanoma

UNC and North Carolina State University researchers developed a skin patch that can potentially battle melanoma using a melanin-enhanced cancer immunotherapy technique. The team of scientists led by Zhen Gu, assistant professor in the joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC and NCSU, was able to trigger naturally occurring melanin to boost an immune response against skin cancer cells in mice. 


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STEM departments innovate courses with active learning

On chemistry professor Thomas Freeman’s bookshelf, a row of DNA models are on display. The colorful models, made from pipe cleaners, beads and wood, were created by students in Freeman’s honors biochemistry class.  It’s an example of how science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is changing at UNC. 


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Family Success Alliance aims to close the achievement gap

The opportunity gap in schools can begin as soon as kindergarten. Children below the poverty line are placed at a distinct disadvantage upon the start of their educational career. The Family Success Alliance  is an organization that that is dedicated to closing that gap and building wealth in Orange County Communities.