Research Department Areas

At Houston Methodist, fostering innovations with the potential for clinical application is at the very heart of what we do. Integrated into one of the nation’s finest hospitals, the researchers at Houston Methodist are committed to streamlining the process of translating laboratory research into treatments and cures for our patients. To achieve this, we have instituted several departments and programs that employ leading-edge concepts, techniques and tools in areas like cardiovascular sciences, immunobiology, pathology, nanotechnology, bioinformatics, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, molecular and systems medicine to name a few.


Department of Cardiovascular Sciences 
The Department of Cardiovascular Sciences advances cardiovascular medicine and cardiothoracic and vascular surgery with more than 100 active clinical trials that distinguish Houston Methodist as a leader in cardiovascular science and cardiovascular care. 

Department of Nanomedicine
The Department of Nanomedicine provides the infrastructure for the development of fundamental platforms including silicon and semiconductors, nano- and micro-fabrication, molecular medicine and pharmaceutical technologies.

Department of Systems Medicine and Bioengineering 
The Department of Systems Medicine and Bioengineering seeks cures and improvements in disease diagnosis and treatments by employing the new systems biology paradigm and developing and integrating technologies in bioinformatics, bioimaging, bioengineering and chemical biology. 


Cancer Research Program 
Our cancer research program is one of the largest in Texas, with basic, clinical and translational studies covering many types of cancers including heart, lung, liver, breast, endometrial, genitourinary and prostate to name a few. 

Center for Outcomes Research

Our investigations are designed to help develop research expertise and provide national leadership that will pave the way towards fundamental improvements in patient outcomes throughout the world.

Center for Inflammation and Epigenetics

The Center for Inflammation and Epigenetics conducts interdisciplinary translational research which bridges laboratory science and clinical applications in the fields of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infectious disease, metabolism, cancer, neuroscience and transplantation.

Center for Molecular and Translational Infectious Diseases Research

Investigators in the program are interested in many areas of contemporary infectious disease research, including molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis, human genetics of susceptibility to infectious agents, and vaccinology. We focus our research on several significant causes of human infection including group A Streptococcus (strep throat, flesh eating disease), tuberculosis, and Vibrio cholerae.

Genomic Medicine Research Program

The Genomic Medicine Program includes research teams studying nuclear hormone receptor structure and function, and the actions of pharmaceutical agents that target hormone receptors for the treatment of metabolic diseases. 

Immunobiology and Transplant Science Center

The Immunobiology & Transplant Science Center conducts fundamental immunology research and clinical translation of basic discoveries into biotherapeutics in the areas of immunobiology, inflammation and transplantation. 

Neurosciences Research Program
We concentrate our investigations on understanding and finding cures for conditions such as amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, medically refractory dystonia, stroke, primary brain tumors and stuttering.   

Regenerative Medicine Research Program
Our goal is to advance the field of cell-based therapies and to support investigators in their research involving pluripotent stem cells to treat human diseases.