Research

Discovery is a cornerstone of our mission at Pacific University.

At Pacific, investment in research is investment in discovery across the curriculum. It affords us the opportunity to recruit top-notch expert faculty, as well as offer undergraduate and graduate students alike meaningful opportunities to advance their knowledge and contribute to the global community.

Since 2019, Pacific University has been the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and among the Top 10 in the West, maintaining a $25 million-plus active grant portfolio.

Supported by the Office of Scholarship & Sponsored Projects, Pacific University faculty — and students — conduct and publish research ranging from the natural sciences to the arts and humanities and from cancer treatment to behavioral health and aging.

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Brendan Stamper co-chaired a session at the annual American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). Research by a graduate student and Dr. Stamper was also featured in a recent ASPET newsletter.

The grant will support Dr. Mike Espiritu’s work to determine the structure-activity relationship of a cone snail toxin called MIIIB with voltage gated potassium channels. These small peptide toxins are known as “conotoxins.” 

Oregon Silverspot Butterfly

The Recovery Challenge Grant from the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife funds work by Pacific University Professor Dr. Rich Van Buskirk and partners at the Woodland Park Zoo in Washington and Washington State University.