Research at Dana-Farber

About Our Research

What Distinguishes Us

Dana-Farber remains true to Dr. Sidney Farber's vision of a cancer center as dedicated to discoveries in cancer research as it is to delivering compassionate, patient-centered care. Through strategic investment in research, we support scientific leaders and young investigators, acquire technology at the leading edge of cancer research, and ensure a spirit of collaboration and innovation.

Discovery and Innovation

Supporting Dana-Farber Researchers

Today's researchers face many challenges, from competition for grant funding to work-life balance. Recognizing this, Dana-Farber’s Office of Research seeks to continuously enhance the support services and resources available to our faculty.

Support Services and Resources

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are scientific studies in which new treatments – drugs, diagnostic procedures, and other therapies – are tested in patients to determine if they are safe and effective. Search ongoing clinical trials for cancer at Dana-Farber and affiliated institutions, and learn what it means to participate in a clinical trial.


Departments, Centers, and Programs

Dana-Farber's commitment to fight cancer with equal parts research and patient care is supported by a broad and deep array of resources. These resources are organized into a number of specialized departments, centers, and labs that have evolved over time in response to changes in perceived needs and the availability of new technologies.


Integrative Research Centers

Our cross-cutting integrative research centers addresses the steps from basic discovery to clinical application, complementing the scientific work accomplished through academic departments.


Lab Websites

Many Dana-Farber researchers maintain external websites for their labs.


Core Facilities

Dana-Farber maintains a variety of resources to support the research and educational activities of Dana-Farber faculty. These core facilities, shared resources, and integrative research centers offer research services to the Boston research community, including academic institutions and industry.



The mission of the Belfer Office for Dana-Farber Innovations is to facilitate the transfer of research innovations from the laboratory to the clinic through timely commercialization, and to help Dana-Farber investigators create these innovations through external collaborations and relationships with industry.


Featured Research

At Dana-Farber, scientists are attacking cancer at every level: unraveling the most basic mechanisms in cells and tissues, discovering molecular targets for new "smart" drug therapies, harnessing the immune forces to combat cancer, and seeking to identify disparities in cancer incidence and treatment in diverse populations.


Our Researchers

Find information about our researchers and find out how Dana-Farber supports our researchers through the Office of Research and the Postdoc and Graduate Student Affairs Office.


Research Jobs at Dana-Farber

With a research career at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, you'll play an important role in helping to fulfill our mission and ultimate goal: the eradication of cancer and related diseases.