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Welcome to Research


Our commitment to research at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine is evident through our growing faculty size and graduate school enrollment, as well as the construction of new buildings to create more research space and expand critical core facilities.

In recent years, the school has seen a nearly 40 percent increase in the number of grants submitted to the National Institutes of Health and an increase in awarded NIH grant dollars during a time when many research institutions are seeing a decrease in funding.

The VCU School of Medicine now accounts for almost half of VCU’s sponsored research awards and for 87 percent of the university’s NIH funding.

Bricks and Mortar

The most recent additions to research space include the Goodwin Research Building, opened in 2005 to support research in the Massey Cancer Center, the Molecular Medicine Research Building (opened in 2009), the Pauley Heart Center (on the seventh floor of Sanger Hall, completed in fall 2012), the Massey Cancer Center vivarium (completed in fall 2012) and the expansion of space for our Structural Biology Core in the basement of the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center (completed in fall 2013). All new labs are organized in an open lab format to encourage research collaboration.

The receipt of an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award in 2010 led to the creation of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR), located in the old Richmond Academy of Medicine Building.

The increased space for basic science research and creation of the CCTR has enabled us to move more easily toward the translation of basic science discoveries into new and novel treatments for patients.

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of the Associate Dean for Research is to:

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  • Recruit outstanding research faculty and graduate research students seeking a Master’s, Ph.D. or combined M.D./Ph.D. degree.
  • Manage research space.
  • Sponsor and mentor undergraduate and graduate student research.
  • Develop core research infrastructure.
  • Assist in grant preparation and submission.
  • Work with other associate deans on research curriculum development, faculty mentoring and research information technology.

The goal is to attract, support and empower the best possible research faculty and students.

Discover the many great research opportunities VCU School of Medicine has to offer.


Michael S. Donnenberg, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training
VCU School of Medicine