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steven r houser, phd, faha

Message from Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHA

Senior Associate Dean for Research

Chair, Department of Physiology

Director, Cardiovascular Research Center

Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physiology

Professor, Medicine


Welcome to the Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) Research web site. Here you can read more about the exciting and innovative research initiatives at the School and learn about our research support services.


The School of Medicine has experienced dramatic growth in the breadth and scope of its research enterprise over the past decade. As part of its strategic plan and with the support of a successful recent capital campaign, TUSM’s scientists have been responsible for ground-breaking advancements in areas across the scientific spectrum, including:

  • Cancer Biology
  • Cardiovascular and Thrombosis Research
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • HIV Research
  • Immunology and Autoimmunity
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Pulmonary Research
  • Substance Abuse Research

A physical transformation in our research facilities occurred in 2009 when TUSM opened the Medical Education and Research Building (MERB). This 450,000 square foot building is now home to more than half of TUSM’s research scientists with open laboratory space that facilitates investigator/trainee interactions and collaboration.


Recognizing the need to provide its faculty with the tools to conduct state-of-the-art research, TUSM has developed several new core facilities including a Viral Vector Core and a Confocal Imaging Core which embellish the other cores and facilities already in existence. Together, they provide centralized access to equipment used by faculty in all departments, help to reduce duplication of of biomedical research.


Through generous faculty support coupled with the ability to attract some of the world's greatest scientific minds, TUSM is an emerging leader in basic and clinical research. In the early 2000s, using only NIH funding criteria, TUSM ranked 86th out of 121 allopathic schools in the U.S. Now, with more comprehensive data utilized by U. S. News and World Report, including NIH ranking and other criteria, TUSM ranks 52nd out of 126 allopathic and 20 osteopathic medical schools in the U.S. In research rankings, TUSM is the second-highest ranked medical school in Philadelphia and the third-highest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


TUSM has established several new programs that are in the vanguard of scientific discovery. These include the Temple Autoimmunity Center, the Temple Lung Center, and the Center for Neuroscience.


We invite you to browse our web site to learn more about the TUSM scientific community and its exciting and innovative research initiatives, most of which are supported by NIH.  We also urge you to learn more about why NIH Research Matters so you can become a strong advocate for the federal funding that drives translation of discoveries in basic research to new treatments of disease.



Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHA