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Faculty listings in the Directory

Faculty interested in listing new research projects or general calls for research assistance should review the listing instructions here.

Instructions for students

Identifying a Faculty Research Mentor may be the single most important step in your research process. The Research Directory includes faculty members who are open to discussing research opportunities with undergraduates.  Please note that inclusion in the directory is not a guarantee that a faculty member will work with you, but rather that they are amenable to having undergraduates involved in their work if there is a good fit.  In addition, since research projects are ongoing and dynamic, some opportunities listed may no longer be available. 

If a research opportunity lists “work-study,” this means the faculty member is open to paying a student through the work-study program. However, the job may not yet exist in the Office of Student Employment work-study database.  Please coordinate directly with faculty if you are interested in using your work-study award for a potential research opportunity.

Once you have identified some potential mentors you’d like to contact, please see our tips on how to contact faculty before you send them an email. 

Important Information for International Students: 

  • Research opportunities that take place at Penn, for Penn faculty, and with payment by Penn are considered on-campus employment.  F-1 students are free to accept these positions without any additional authorization for up to 20-hours per week during the academic term.
  • F-1 Students who work at a location other than Penn but who are employed by Penn and paid by Penn may still qualify, but must first seek authorization from ISSS to work “on-campus at an off-campus location” (An example would be working for a Penn faculty at CHOP and still paid by Penn). Please complete this form, have it signed by the supervising Penn faculty member and return it to ISSS.
  • F-1 students who pursue opportunities with organizations that are not affiliated with Penn, regardless of whether or not they are compensated, should first seek the appropriate employment authorization in the form of CPT or OPT.
  • J-1 Students need written authorization from ISSS for any on-campus or off-campus employment.

Using Artificial Intelligence to predict success in Ovarian Cancer Surgery

Whenever surgery is performed for ovarian cancer, the goal is to remove any visible cancer from the abdomen, which results in the best outcomes. Currently, this decision is made based on the surgeon’s subjective assessment of preoperative CT Scans. We aim to harness the power of artificial intelligence to predict who will have a successful surgery using AI-enhanced radiomics to predict outcomes.

Research of Hearing Loss in Patients with Limited English Proficiency

Hearing loss is a widespread disorder that affects millions of people from all different language and ethnic backgrounds. Most hearing loss treatment in the United States is designed for and catered to English language speakers, even though a sizable portion of the U.S. population is not fluent in English based on census data. This work is focused on improving our understanding and treatment for hearing loss in this important patient population.

Vestibular Disorders Research

The vestibular system is a fundamental component of how we experience the world around us, whether that is simply walking down the street or experiencing the thrill of a roller coaster. When the vestibular system is damaged, lives and livelihoods can be greatly impacted. The University of Pennsylvania Department of Otolaryngology maintains a vestibular database of thousands of patients to better understand how vestibular diseases work and how our bodies respond to treatment.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

How does the brain promote the ability to remain resilient in the face of chronic stress?

French criminal-cops from Vidocq to Lupin

Fluent in French? Interested in detective fiction and real-crime mysteries? I would like to hire a research assistant who will track down clues about the real 19th-century criminal-turned-policeman Eugène François Vidocq and his many fictional avatars, from Balzac's Vautrin to Leblanc's (and Netflix's) Arsène Lupin.

Genomics research of cell identity and cancer diagnosis

We are interested in understanding the epigenetic signature of traits of mammalian cells and developing computational methods and genomics technologies for cancer diagnosis.

Historical Study of Redlining in Boston

Estimating the Impact of the BBURG Redlining Program on Home Ownership in Boston

Research Opportunity in Division of Experimental Retinal Therapies

Opportunity to conduct research in development of gene-agnostic therapies for inherited retinopathies.

Research Assistant, Price Lab for Digital Humanities

The Price Lab works with faculty in all the humanities departments, on technologically innovative research projects involving art, literature, and history. We are currently in need of an RA to assist in designing and building project websites. We will provide training.

Human brain genomic investigation of psychiatric disorders in the Gandal lab

Research position in the Gandal Lab ( to use genetic and genomic approaches to identify the neurobiological mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders including autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia