While we are a clinical department within the U-M Medical School, the Department of Internal Medicine is also home to more than 130 basic, translational, and clinical research faculty members. Spread across 13 divisions, our research community successfully competes for funding from national agencies, foundations, and industry sponsored projects. Our scientists are dedicated to identifying and implementing real solutions to redefine how we practice medicine. We understand that great science can dramatically transform the lives of our patients here in Michigan and beyond.      


Vibha Lama, MD, MSVice Chair, Basic and Translational Research
Rodica Pop-Busui, MD, PhD - Vice Chair, Clinical Research


$216 Million in Research Support & over 2,300 Research Publications

U-M, which has ranked No. 1 in research volume among the nation’s public universities for the past ten years, reported $1.62 billion in research volume during 2020, which led to many important advancements including those addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Among U-M units, the Medical School ranked No. 1 in research expenditures, with $678 million. Nearly a third of that funding comes from the work of internal medicine faculty. In 2020, the Department of Internal Medicine competed for and obtained $216 million in research support and published more than 2,300 research publications.


Department of Internal Medicine researchers across our specialties are conducting COVID-19 research to learn more about the disease and to develop improved and more personalized treatment methods. The below articles highlight some of their work.

Study of 24 U.S. Hospitals Shows Onset of COVID-19 Led to Spike in Sepsis Alerts

Karandeep Singh, MD, MMSc and team look at the number of sepsis alerts in the months before and during COVID-19 and found a significant jump in alerts after the start of the pandemic. Read more.

End-Stage Kidney Disease Patients Show Increased Risk of Infection, Mortality from COVID-19

U-M researchers, including Joseph Messana, MD; Claudia Dahlerus, PhD; and Jonathan Segal, MD, find that patients undergoing long-term dialysis, especially Black and Hispanic patients and those living in nursing homes, were severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Androgen Hormones May Exacerbate Sex Differences in COVID-19 Outcomes

Nitin Kumar, PhD and Santhi Ganesh, MD explore the role of hormones in the COVID-19 vascular damage that’s generally worse in men than in women. Read more.

Coronavirus Lurks and Lingers in Nursing Home Patients’ Rooms

Lona Mody, MD, MSc and team find that 90% of nursing home COVID patients’ rooms had detectable coronavirus on at least one surface and that the virus was still detectable days later on certain surfaces. Read more.

Study Shows Spike in Liver Transplant List Due to Drinking Trends During COVID-19 Pandemic

Jessica Mellinger, MD, MSc and team find that the liver transplant waitlist for alcoholic hepatitis increased by 60% during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.


Learn more below about the research being conducted across our 13 divisions, our research centers, our annual research symposium, and our rich research history.


U-M researchers have access to robust services, equipment, testing, and technologies. Whether you are engaged in basic science research or clinical trials, U-M provides the support you need:


Michigan Research Experts is a searchable database of research expertise across the University of Michigan, developed by the Medical School Office of Research and custom-tailored for our research community to foster collaboration on campus and around the world.